Planting Trees: Fruit For the Next Generation

 

A child’s life is impressionable. My father shared stories about his early years before he passed away.  When he talked about the Great Depression I imagined his life as a young boy; working hard on the family farm along side his older brothers and sisters who shouldered the heaviest part of the work.  He tempered his description with references of, “we had no want because we lived on a farm”.  Hardships were about life and death […]

Compassion for Refugees: ACTION REQUIRED

Would you be willing to leave your homeland to save your life?  What would you put in your pocket to eat or sew into your hemline to save a precious item?  Does this sound like a story about the refugees in WWII?  No! This is current news.  Since I have written the first draft of this post many more souls have died at sea.  Listen to the silent cry buried in the news media and ask yourself, “would I be willing to help?”  There are many governments, organizations and church based groups who are acting by donating direct resources to refugee families.  The example set forth in this blog may be the “blueprint” you were looking for […]

Sisters Journey to America 1912 SS Oscar II

The year was 1912 in the month of September, the first day of the sea journey to America for four sisters from Sweden on the SS Oscar II.

Rosali Magnhild F. born 1894, Fanny Rebeck F. born 1885, Wendla Dorothea F. born 1890 and Anna Eugenia F. born 1898 left their home near Stockholm, Sweden sailing to  America for opportunities to work and one to sight see.  Rosalie’s daughter Gunny talks about her mother’s journey, new life in Newark N.J. and the unforeseen hardship for Wendla.  This story inspires new immigrants to learn the English language through their employment and church affiliation.  Legal immigration in the early 1900’s through Ellis Island offered hope, a promise of employment and faith for the future.  Photos that document immigrant’s sea journeys to America offer a vibrant look into the true courage of each passenger.  It is not often you hear about the journey through a living direct descendant like Gunhild […]

Face of an Immigrant Child… U.S.A. Citizen Helped Make Our Nation Great!

I have held this image dear to my heart ever since I prepared his memorial program several years ago.  This photo of little “George” could be the face of an immigrant child today.  Please take a moment to burn his image into your mind. […]