Category Archives: Landed In

Italian War Bride Francesca Nicolina Tommasina Sorvillo Stewart

I am from Naples, Italy. Naples is a beautiful city. But October 1, 1943 when the American troops finally came in the city, Naples was a big gigantic mess. No electricity, no gas, no water and no food, just garbage everywhere. You see, when the German troops left they blew up and destroyed whatever was left. Anyway, I’ve barely started ... Read More »

History of the Fine, Dorosin & Kopelov Families

(Editor’s Note: This is a bit of a departure from the usual format. It is a fascinating research paper written by Maddie Bennet, for her 11th grade US History class at Kehillah Jewish High School in Palo Alto, CA.) I am a third generation American Jew, and, like many Jews, my roots go back to Eastern Europe.  My research focuses ... Read More »

Liliana Campos

Below is a bio followed by a story written by Lilliana for the website “Things I’ll Never Say” –  created by “Dreamers” (undocumented young people who came to the U.S. with their parents and would be eligible for the Dream Act if it ever becomes law)  at the organization Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) in San Francisco. Liliana Campos is a ... Read More »

Palomba Aroesta

My grandmother, Palomba Aroesta, was 26 when she immigrated from Paris to the US. Before living in Paris, she resided in Salonika, Greece where she was born in 1900 and lived until she was 7 years old. My grandmother was the youngest daughter in her family of 8 children, most of whom where already married with families of their own. ... Read More »

Thomas Henry Sanders

          My grandfather, Thomas Henry Sanders, worked at Rudge-Whitworth in England, a bicycle manufactory in Coventry, England and left because of a broken heart. His best friend who also worked at Rudge-Whitworth got the girl. They stayed good friends! My grandfather took a job teaching finance in Japan.  I guess you could do that in those ... Read More »

Vanessa Sandoval

  Vanessa tells her family immigration story from Mexico and the value she places on education.  Her father was a miner in Bishop, CA.   Read More »

Percy Morgan

Percy Tredegar Morgan was born in London in 1862 into a distinguished family of Welsh origins. At age 21, after learning bookkeeping, auditing, and other skills, he left England for the United States to work for mining companies in Nevada, Denver and Montana. His experiences and legacy of just the first 15 years of his life in America are amazing. ... Read More »

1998

  At the height of dot.com boom with Margaux 8 months old landed in SF with 103 F fever, hand and mouth and foot disease nowhere to stay, no family PhD in pocket came to do a post-doc in HIV research ended up with post-partum depression and a divorce From Belgium been here 15 years thought I would only stay ... Read More »

Adriana Garcia

  Ms. Garcia was born in San Jose, CA, but tells how the family moved back to Mexico hoping to stay there on a small farm they cultivated.  A drought made it impossible to stay on the farm in 1985 and they returned to the U.S.   Read More »

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