I am still on vacation and not logging into Second Life until the end of the month. I do not have any new photography to show, so I am going to run some of my favorite posts from 2009 since so many readers are new. This post ran on June 25, 2009.
As Americans get ready for Independence Day next week, many of us will be thinking about our ancestors who came here in search of freedom and economic opportunity. My great grandparents came over to the United States from what is now Lithuania in the years 1905 - 1915, through Ellis Island, that great entry port in New York. Over 120 million Americans actually have at least once direct ancestor who arrived this way around 100 years ago.
I am very fortunate in that I have found this picture in the Ellis Island records of my great-grandmother Ida Haskellski arriving with my one of my great uncles, little Yankel Haskellski in 1914 straight off the boat from Eastern Europe. The name Haskellski was of course shortened to Haskell. I am actually named after Ida, the name was changed to Eddi in its masculine form. They were very poor, and made little Yankel cross the ocean dressed as a young girl since that was the only outfit they could afford to buy at the time.
Little Yankel was a fast learner by the way and invented the first junk bond and leveraged buyout in 1928 after leaving Harvard Business School, graduating Summa Cum Laude at the age of 16. I, unfortuntaley, picked up none of the family financial acumen.
Isn't the family resemblance amazing? I was shocked to see how much I resembled them!