My Grandma Elsa Schaefer, who was born in Grossgartach, Germany in 1895, came by herself to America in 1912 when she was 17 years old.
One of the things I’m thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day is a brave young girl who had the courage to leave her family and come to America. I wonder sometimes where I might be now if she had not come. I am grateful to her for changing the course of many lives, including mine.
Five years later she filled out this Declaration of Intention.
Here is her 1918 Registration Card:
And this is her Resident Permit: