Newly-found photos add facts to legend of first Ellis Island immigrant
Photographs of the first of about 12 million immigrants to land at New York's famed Ellis Island have been unearthed almost 120 years after she arrived in the United States as a girl from Ireland.
January 1 will be the 118th anniversary of the opening of Ellis Island, the place that has come to represent the American dream of the millions of immigrants who have journeyed to our shores. The first to arrive that day was an Irish teenager named Annie Moore, and her statue now stands at both Ellis Island and in Ireland at her point of departure.
The long unseen pictures, one of which was published Tuesday in the New York Times, show an older Moore, by then a matronly figure in heavy, plain clothes typical of the period.
According to the Times, they are inscribed on the back "Ma Schayer" and "Mama Schayer" - Moore's married name - and in one she is holding an infant. Moore is believed to have had at least 11 children.
The descendants had reason to believe their "Ma Schayer" was the famous Annie Moore, after their "crazy aunt" spent years insisting on it.
Photo: The New York Times