Thursday, May 11, 2017
Olga Poyhonen is my maternal great grandmother and one of my family's most recent immigrants. Olga traveled to New York from Nilisa, Finland to live with her older sister after the death of her father. She traveled alone, in steerage, and came to work as a seamstress with her sister, Minna.
I am still learning about Olga and her sister. I will have a lot more to say about her and how I came to have this picture of her and her young son soon.
I didn't want this day to end without posting about Olga. It was on this date, May 11, 1893 that Olga first disembarked in the great city of New York and began her life in America. She was 14 years old.