past faces

anna fenning

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chaje and michael, 1889

In late summer 1889, my great-great-great grandfather Michael Pfenig and his youngest daughter Chaje made the trip from their small shtetl of Zmigrod (in what is now Poland) to New York City. They sailed via Hamburg on a ship called the SS Hammonia and arrived at Castle Garden (in what is now Battery Park) on … Continue reading

anna and celia, ca. 1900?

at his grandfather frank’s funeral in 1936, my grandfather bill remembers waiting for the hired cars to take him, his parents, aunt, uncles and cousins from the memorial service to the cemetery. (i don’t remember if this is actually part of the story, but i imagine it raining. i don’t know why.) when the cars … Continue reading