Sofia Reichert Szander and their three sons, George, Paul and Frank arrived
at Ellis Island on July 13, 1911 via the ship, Pannonia. Their entire
trip took twenty-one days. Granny told stories of the ship stopping at
Gibraltar because of problems with the ship's flag.
Frank, born and baptized at 353 Glogovat on October 29, 1910 learned to walk
on the ship. Granny remembered praying on deck everyday to see land.
sponsored by Sofia Szander's half-sister, Catherine Weisenburger, settled in
College Point, New York.
Matthew and a daughter, Sofia were born several years later. Once
settled they continued helping other family members come to America.
In April of
1913 the Szander's sponsored Mihaly's sister, Anna. More family
members arrived in January of 1914 via the George Washington -
Ferencs Reichert (Sofia's uncle) and his son, Paul. Arriving on the
same ship were Paul Schlee and his wife, Magdalena Reichert (cousin to Sofia
(daughter of Mihaly Sander and
Sophia Reichert) &
(sister of Mihaly Sander)
was a half-sister to Michael Szander. Their mother, Magdalena Szander,
born in Ujpanat in 1850, was the daughter of Petrus Szander and Clara Lump.
Anna worked as a laundress in Temesvar. Sponsored by her brother, Anna
arrived in America from Temesvar at the age of 36 on April 16, 1913 via the
ship, Pannonia. She settled in College Point, New York and married
Vincent Jung. After his death, she married Johann Lorencz. Anna
remained childless and died circa 1945.
Szander was the mother of three children, Michael born in 1875, Anna born in
1878, and Magdalena born and died in 1881. Following the death of the
baby, Magdalena disappeared from town. The children were told that she
died. Michael was sent to live with his godparents, Mihael Kuhn and
Eva Hoffman, to live and work in their stables. Anna was sent to
Temesvar probably to live with her godmother, Anna Rausch. Matthew
Kuhn, a grandson of Michael Kuhn, taught him a little reading and writing
and became his life-long friend. Many years later in
College Point, New York, Matthew Kuhn and his wife Sofia Putz, became the
godparents to Matthew and Sophie, the children of Michael and Sofia Sander
who were born in America.
Barbara and Magdalena Reichert
daughters of Paulus Reichert and Barbara Groo of
Additional information on the parents of these women:
Paulus Reichert - b. 1883 d. 1948 & Barbara Groo b. 1889 d. 1947
This picture is really amazing to me -
all the detail you can see on their outfits and shoes.