Sailing Ship "L'Amerique"
Following a 12 day voyage in steerage class aboard the French steam ship
L'Amerique, Hermann arrived in New York, at Castle Garden, which eventually became known
as Ellis Island on Sept. 8, 1880. He was 17 years old, spoke no English, had no
profession, and little education. He was to find a cousin, Franz-Anton Resch, who was
working at the Ansonia Clock Co. However, Resch had moved to Connecticut between Hermann's
last letter, and his arrival in the U.S. It would be several months, and a few letters
home before the two saw each other.
L'Amerique Circa 1880