Romanian immigrants in Rockland County NY in 1900 #usa #general #romania


My great-grandfather, his wife and children emigrated from Iasi, Romania to New York in 1901.  The family first lived on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, but sometime after December 1902 moved to the rural town of Ramapo in Rockland County, New York. The family appears in the June 1905 New York State census of Ramapo along with many other Eastern European immigrants, many of them from eastern Europe. By December 1905, the family had returned to the Lower East Side. I am trying to understand what might have drawn my great-grandfather, a painter and paperhanger in Iasi, and other semi-skilled tradesmen, to a rural, farming town. Is anyone aware of any attempts by Jewish organizations to establish farming co-ops in Rockland County, New York, at that time? Any other thoughts?

Richard Gross
Guilford, Connecticut, USA

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