Kellers

In Rutherfurd's New York, the fictional German immigrant family of Keller enter America in the first half of the nineteenth century, and live by the Bowery on the Lower East Side in what was then known as Little Germany, or Kleindeutschland. The number of German immigrants was huge, and their descendants at one time probably constituted the largest national group in the USA. Most moved westwards as farmers, but many remained in New York City. The Kellers' neighbourhood also contained many Irish families, and Gretchen Keller soon becomes the close friend of the fictional Mary O'Donnell.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
Lost Island. About 1,000 feet south of the Rockaway shores, off the coast of Queens in New York City, a one mile long island which I make mention of in NEW YORK – called Hog Island - had by the late nineteenth century became a favourite getaway “back room business” gathering spot for some of the city’s most powerful Tamany Hall politicians, and even attracted beach resort businesses and developers. But following the infamous Hurricane of 1893, which made landfall in New York City in August of that year, the island all but disappeared under the sea, and was lost entirely by 1902. Almost a century later, following two particularly devastating storms, hundreds of artifacts from the late nineteenth century washed up on the shores of southern Long Island, believed to have come from Hog Island.




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