By Beth F.
Grade 8, Ohio
Country of Origin: Ireland

My family and I came to America because we were very poor and needed a new start. We had to leave all of our aunts and uncles behind and I never saw any of them till 1946.

The one thing that was really special that I brought along was my puppy Shanda. I brought her because I thought that I would need a new friend.

On the way to America I only got to go up on deck 2 times! When we got to America it was so crowded! You could even see buildings 2 miles away. I had to go to school though, I didn't go to school that much back in Ireland because I had to work and the times that I didn't work I went fishing.

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