ILW.COM - the immigration portal Immigration Daily

Home Page


Immigration Daily

Archives

Processing times

Immigration forms

Discussion board

Resources

Blogs

Twitter feed

Immigrant Nation

Attorney2Attorney

CLE Workshops

Immigration books

Advertise on ILW

VIP Network

EB-5

移民日报

About ILW.COM

Connect to us

Make us Homepage

Questions/Comments


SUBSCRIBE

Immigration Daily


中文移民日报




The leading
immigration law
publisher - over
50000 pages of
free information!
Copyright
1995-
ILW.COM,
American
Immigration LLC.

Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: The Immigrant Story

  1. #1

    The Immigrant Story

    My grandmother, Mathilda Kinnunen, came through Ellis Island from Finland in the early part of this century. Her ambition was to earn enough money to buy a bicycle and return to her native country.



    Upon her arrival at Ellis Island, her sponsor didn't show up, so she was detained overnight. Bewildered, she went to the front of the holding cell the next morning, and was soon spotted by a housekeeper from Manhattan. The housekeeper came up to my grandmother at the cell, looked in her face, and asked her in Finnish (many housekeepers to the very wealthy back then were Finnish) if she wanted a job.



    My grandmother wanted very much to get out of that cell on Ellis Island, and was eager to work, so she said yes. The housekeeper told her, "follow my lead." The housekeeper signed for my grandmother, and took her to a brownstone in Greenwich Village. The master of the house was throwing a huge party that night, and the servant staff was short of help.



    It turns out that the master of the house was one of the most famous silent-film producers of the time, and his party was for a select gathering of silver screen stars! That night, her second in America, was spent serving at that party. My grandmother watched behind the thick velour drapes, watching all these famous people she had heard about and even seen in Finland in silent movies!



    How great she thought America was!
    My grandmother went on to become a housekeeper at several prominent homes in Manhattan and Brooklyn, where she eventually married and raised her family. Today, she's buried in famous Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn, and at her funeral, all of the people for whom she had worked (who were still alive themselves) attended. As for the house where she got her start, it is still in Greenwich Village, on 10th Street, I believe, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places because of the movie producer who used to live there.



    Only in New York!

    The story had been published on

    Originally published on the Stories & Information Immigrant (http://www.nyc.gov/html/nyc100/html/imm_stories/stories/story10.html), a project of the NYC.GOV
    -BoardWizard

  2. #2
    Very inspiring, but it does sound like it happened a while ago. It would be cool to hear about something like that in modern times...

Similar Threads

  1. my story
    By dcwtech in forum Immigration Discussion
    Replies: 133
    Last Post: 07-08-2009, 08:21 PM
  2. TELL US YOUR STORY
    By Meg Bradsky in forum Immigration Discussion
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 09-23-2008, 01:02 PM
  3. My Story
    By OldE in forum Immigration Discussion
    Replies: 33
    Last Post: 04-09-2008, 05:11 AM
  4. SORRY STORY!!
    By Elizabeth in forum Immigration Discussion
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 01-14-2005, 09:35 PM
  5. ARNOLD - A TRUE IMMIGRANT SUCCESS STORY
    By Michael in forum Immigration Discussion
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 09-01-2004, 03:23 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Put Free Immigration Law Headlines On Your Website

Immigration Daily: the news source for legal professionals. Free! Join 35000+ readers Enter your email address here: