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    Ellis Island

    Part of Statue of Liberty National Monument NJ,NY

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Stollmayer Family

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Katherine Stollmayer, c. 1914.

National Park Service, Statue of Liberty NM

In 1912, Katherine Stollmayer, age 18, left Arad, Hungary, to join her older brother, Joseph, living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She sailed on the Prinz Freidrich Wilhelm from Bremen, Germany. After a 12-day voyage to New York she traveled to Pittsburgh by train. Her brother placed a housework-wanted ad in a local paper, and Katherine was soon hired as a governess with a wealthy family. She stayed with the family for 14 years until her marriage to another Arad native, John Schmidt.
 
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Katherine Stollmayer with her mother, Elena and father, Anton before her departure for America, c. 1906.

National Park Service, Statue of Liberty NM

In 1925, Katherine sent for her parents, Anton and Elena Stollmayer, who longed to see their only children. The aged couple journeyed across Europe and sailed to New York from Le Havre, France.

Did You Know?

Ellis Island's Distinctive Facade and Towers

Although Ellis Island is federal property and has always been historically considered in New York, the U.S. Supreme Court appointed a "Special Master" to mediate. The ruling in 1998 determined that the original island belongs to New York and the rest of the island, added after 1834, belongs to New Jersey.