On this date in 1883, my baby Grandma Hoffmann (then Louise Frederika Wilhelmina Strieter!) boarded a ship along with her widowed mother, headed for Chicago via Castle Gardens in NYC — there being no Ellis Island yet. They came from a tiny medieval village called Affalterbach in Schwabenland, (near Stuttgart, Germany); their Christianity was still heavily laden with Norse tree worship.
What did my face look like on that day??