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Kat Saddler-Immigration Project

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BC: This heart felt story was made by Kat Saddler. Lillian Porter was not from Kat's ancestors. She was a women who never was a real immigrant. Well at least her story... that I know of...

FC: My Move Through Ellis Island with Lillian Porter

1: April 23rd 1897 When I made the decision of leaving UK with my mother, my 2 children, Jane and Peter, and my husband, I was devastated to see the faces on those who didn’t want us to leave. With how we couldn’t celebrate our own religion, and how we barely had a roof on our heads, it was time to leave. I took Jane's wool coat my mother had made and Peters new hat, and we were off. | This is my husband | This is my mother | Jane | Peter | This is me Lillian

2: May 11th 1897 The ship was crowded. We could barely breathe! As I looked at my mother, she fell. “MOTHER!” I would shout, but it did no good. The children crying and it was cold. Why is it this hard to be free? My husband cuddled with the children to keep them warm, as I watch the wind. It whirled and made a whoosh sound as night broke.

3: This is my mothers war face. How she looked when she had hope. I don't know how she will lay when I'm gone.

4: May 28th 1897 In the morning, my family went to the top of the ship. As we looked on to our left we saw what we have been looking for this whole time. The Statue of Liberty! We have seen America! Our family in UK would be so proud. If only my mother could see this. Everyone screamed with joy! FREEDOM! It sounded great! Everyone was pushing and shoving to get out on to America's land! Finally we got out of the ship and made our way into the Great Hall. In the Great Hall we left our luggage. It was all we had. We had nothing besides some clothes. We looked at faces of other people as they hugged their children and parents. Parents. If I only could hug mine.

5: The Statue of Liberty in New York! We made it!

6: May 19th 1897 I brought few things to America. The things that I brought were....... Passport Ticket for adults and children Clothes and Money

8: May 30th 1897 The next thing was walking up the steps. That will be so hard for my husband because he fell on his back a week before we set sail. It was really bad. The children and I went up the stairs easily. Then it was my husbands turn. He took 1 step. He held his back and took another and another and another. He was half way up the steps. I could see him struggling. The people took him up and marked him with 17 different marks! “What does that mean?” I shouted. “Where is my husband?” They told me that he was getting a different medical exam.

9: Great Hall Steps!!!!!!

10: This man needs to have the other medical exam. He was having difficulties up the steps. Please proceed in the medical exam. | June 3rd 1897

11: Here is my husband in line to get the medical exam. I hope he will be okay. The people in desks behind them are people waiting.

12: Dear husband, Come to us. And be free. We will be in Rhode Island. Love you From, Lillian | June 7th 1897 So now it was just me and my children. Not my husband or my mother. We went through while people checked us and finally we got to exchange money. I gave him the little amount of money we had. Then we were through! But my mother and my husband were left behind. I told the people to leave this note and give it to them it said this....

13: Some of our American Money!!!!!!

14: June 12th 1897 We went on our way through America. All we had was clothes in 1 BAG. I could on fit 1 dress, 3 shirts and, 3 pairs of pants. I wore the only shoes I had. I also brought our symbol of our religion. My children and I are American Citizens! I'm proud to say that! That was our way through America!

15: Our freedom!!!!!!

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