S: Property of Nora O'Sullivan
FC: Journal of Nora O'Sullivan | By Annie Fowler
1: Property of Nora O'Sullivan Journal of My Journey To America!
2: September 12, 1873 Dear Journal, Today Mother told us that we would be traveling from Ireland to Ellis Island. We are going because Father has been over in America for over a year and he has found a job there and he would be able to support the entire family. We have other relatives over there that Father has been living with but when we get to America we will buy our own house for our entire family. Mother said that all eight of us kids would need to stay together for the boat ride across the ocean. The ride will be from a week to a month so we must be prepared. I am so excited to see Father and live in America! | A flower from our garden. We can grow more in America! | Dear Nora, I hear that you are moving to America! I hope You have the best time ever. we will miss you! -Miss McDermitt | A note from my teacher.
3: Our Family! Grandparents, Parents and children! | Leaving Our home in Ireland | Saying goodbye to our home in Ireland! | I am keeping the key to our house from Ireland
4: September 29, 1873 Dear Journal, We have been packing our bags for the trip to America. It is a little bit difficult because each passenger is only allowed one bag. Altogether we had 9 bags, one for Angus, Matthew, Ceara, Siobhan, Fiona, Frank, Patrick, Mother, and me, Nora O’Sullivan. While we were writing the names on our bags I had to write the last name on every tag. I must have written O’Sullivan one hundred times! When it was finally time to leave for America everyone was excited, though no one wanted to get on that crowded, smelly, ship. But all of that was absolutely worth it to see Father and to live in America! | Property of Nora O' Sullivan Ireland | My Baggage Tag | Leaving our horses will be really hard!
5: Look at all of these bags! And they are only the boys' | Mother and Father before he left. | Grandfather's old pocket watch.
6: October 12, 1873 Dear Journal, We have been on the ship for 10 days so far. It is even worse than I thought. No one has any room to move around and if we want fresh air we have to go up to the freezing cold, wet deck and wear warm clothes. For a little bit I thought I lost Mother but then I found her. The captain said that we should be arriving in Ellis Island in about three days. I am so very excited. I have heard so much about the Statue of Liberty and how beautiful it is to see it and you will know that you are in New York! No one wants to be on this boat anymore and all we get id a spoon, a fork, and a bowl for our soup. But we are almost here! | Dear Nora, Do not forget to write to me when you get to America! I miss you so much already, I LOVE YOU! Love, Grandfather | A letter grandfather sent to me before we even left!
7: The crowded ship we are on. | This is where we sleep | This was our food, I don't even know what it is! | my boat ticket
8: October 19, 187 Dear Journal, We have arrived in New York! It was the most exciting thing to see the Statue of Liberty! We are finally in America! I can’t wait to see Father! We are all ready to be processed and want to get to the kissing pole where Father will be waiting. We have already exchanged our money for American dollars. Mother let me have one so that I could keep it as a souvineer. | Our first time seeing an American Flag in person! | An American Button I bought for 8 American Cents!
9: My first, and very own American Dollar! | Our first time seeing the Statue Of Liberty! | The card I need so I can be processed | Postcard I was going to send to Grandfather!
10: October 22, 1873 Dear Journal, We are in Ellis Island and are getting ready to be processed. We have been eating this American food that tastes a little strange but I really like the white bread that they feed us. We have to sleep on these uncomfortable cots and there are many smelly people. We have gone through the health test and everything else now all there is is the test where the government asks you question! I hope we all pass! | Ellis Island from the ship. | Delicious American bread!
11: Other Ellis Island Immigrants! | I keep this in by boot to remind me of Ireland. | I found this under the table at the dinning hall. | I had forgotten that I put this in my baggage. It is a ring that My friend gave me before I left!
12: October 24, 1873 Dear Journal, We all passed the tests and are at our new home in Hoboken New Jersey! The house that we live in has 6 bedrooms so only Siobhan and Erin have to share rooms. We have the house all decorated and we had Frank paint a board with our name on it. The O’ Sullivan Family in black paint that we paid 2 American dollars for. Living in America is the greatest thing! | our new American car! | The woman who was letting Father stay at their house gave this to me. She said it was real sea glass from Ireland that was dyed this color so it would stay clean.
13: Our new American House! | This is a picture of what is on the top of our house! | I got this sand dollar the first time we went to the beach.