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My Great-Grandfather
My Great-Grandfather

My great-grandfather immigrated from Ecuador and came to New York City in 1968.  He came looking for the American Dream.  He wanted the opportunity to give his family a better life, which he left behind.  He was married with eight children, and had two grandchildren which included my mom.  In Ecuador he was a train conductor and a shoe maker.  When he came to the United States he knew some English, but learned more from listening to the radio and watching television.  He worked various jobs, such as in an electrical company, cook at a hotel, and as maintenance at a hospital to be able to save money for a downpayment on a house to bring his family.  Then eight months later my great-grandmother came and also held various jobs, such as a seamstress, dressmaker, and a babysitter.  After two years of hard work, they were able to make a downpayment on a house in the Bronx.  After they purchased a home, they filed for an application for a permanent resident visa for their eight children and two grandchildren. Finally, after three years their children and grandchildren were able to immigrate to New York City as legal residents.  I am very grateful for him, because if it was not for his decision to come to the United States then I would not have the opportunities that I have today. 

Place(s): Ecuador, New York City
Year: 1968

– K

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