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Isadore Remembers Trying a Tomato


Isadore Remembers Trying a Tomato (Transcript)

Interviewee: Isadore Samet
Date of Birth: September 23, 1898
Date of Interview: September 6, 1991
Interviewer: Paul E. Sigrist, Jr.
Immigrated from Poland in 1914 at age 16
Ellis Island Collection: EI-87

Isadore Samet (First Tomato):
My brother took me over and wanted to give me a treat. So he said, "There are some peddlers around the street coming out from here. There are some tomatoes." I never had a tomato in my life. I didn't know what sort of a tomato looks like. (He laughs) So he gave me a tomato and I eat the tomato. I spit it out. I couldn't take it. (He laughs) I said, "What is this, what they give me to eat?" He started laughing, so we kept going there, no tomato.

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Did You Know?

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On July 30, 1916, a major explosion at the railway terminals on the Black Tom Wharf in Jersey City did considerable damage to the Ellis Island buildings. The walls, ceilings, roofs and foundations of the hospital buildings were weakened, and many windows, casings and doors were blown out. The repairs to the facilities took about a year at a cost of nearly $400,000.00(about $8,333,333.33 in 2012).