Question re: Immigration Ports of Entry #romania

David Osachy <osachy@...>

Hi Everyone,

Can anyone explain (or offer a theory) why a Romanian Jewish immigrant coming
from Europe in 1903, whose final destination was New York City or
Pittsburgh, would disembark at the port of St. John in New Brunswick,
Canada, then travel overland through Quebec and enter the United
States at St. Albans, Vermont?

What could that strange route be about? Why not go straight to Ellis
Island? Was this an issue of money, paperwork, or perhaps something
else? If it helps, the ship was the Lake Megantic, which I am
guessing sailed >from Liverpool though I am not sure.

Thank you in advance,

Rabbi David Osachy
Jacksonville, Florida

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