Lost Love Found: Immigration, Romance and the Atlantic Basin, 1913
When the Steamer Uranium, from Rotterdam, via Halifax docked at Atlantic Basin's Pier 38 in Red Hook, all the talk was about love.
Love was what people were talking about when the Steamer Uranium docked at Pier 38, Atlantic Basin, Red Hook, in 1911. Five years of separation and despair ended when Ivan Osluvski found his sweetheart Jennie Paslokoff on the same ship he was returning to America on - ending his quest to find her.
Ivan had left Jennie and their Russia village to become a miner in Pennsylvania. Two years later he sent money for her passage. Letters confirmed her departure but she never arrived, and Ivan did not know why. Immigration officials had turned Jennie away at Ellis Island and Jennie did not know how to contact Ivan to tell him. Rather than go back home to Russia in humiliation, she found work as a servant in Rotterdam. Three years later, Ivan journeyed back to Russia looking for Jennie, but no one there knew where she was. Despondent, he travels to Rotterdam and boards the Uranium, In the meantime Jennie has earned enough money to once more try to immigrate to America. She too boards the Uranium. Days into the voyage a fellow passenger tells Ivan that there is a woman from his home village that he might like to meet
The Daily Standard Union, September 21, 1911
- Girl Had Been Deported
- Miner Waited Long and Patiently for Her
When the steamer Uranium docked early to-day at Pier 38, Atlantic Basin, the passengers were still talking of a romance which after five years of uncertainty culminated in a joyous reunion of two lovers between this port and Rotterdam. Unknown to each other the two sweethearts look passage on the same ship. The man was Ivan Osluvski, and he had been cast down by-despair and disappointment over his failure to find any trace of the girl.
Her name is Jennie Paslokoff. She sailed with the avowed Intention of searching for Ivan, who she supposed had been engulfed in the human maelstrom of the land of the free. The story of their separation and final unexpected reunion was obtained from a passenger who claimed residence in the Russian village where the love story originated. Five years ago Ivan left home for America. He found his uncle in the coal mines of Pennsylvania, where he worked industrially with the object of fulfilling his promise to send for Jennie to grace his prospective happy home.
At the end of two years he sent her the necessary passage money and, so the story goes, the girl set cheerily forth to keep her troth. At Ellis Island she encountered of which her unsophisticated home environment had taught her nothing. Lack of money, friends and sufficient knowledge of English wrought her undoing, and so at the dictates of an unfeeling law she was deported. Instead of returning to her home town with her humiliation, she remained in Rotterdam, where she worked the last three years as a domestic.
Ivan, in the meantime, disappointed at her non-appearance, wrote home and learned of her departure for America. He heard nothing of her deportation of course and consequently was ignorant of her whereabouts as well as her adventures.
He had moved to another mining town, Mahanoy City, Pa., and so whatever letters, if any, were written to him by Jennie did not reach him. He continued to work and save, firmly resolved to take up the trail of his lost sweet heart at the proper time. A month ago, armed with the best of credentials, a fat roll of American money, he began his quest. He visited the old town and learned of Jennie's departure three years previous. Her parents were dead, and no one there was who could tell him a word to assist on his search. Broken-hearted, he commenced his return journey, and at Rotterdam embarked on the Uranium. He met one friend of former days—a man who like himself had been in America and was now returning. The friend turned out to be a real Samaritan. Jennie, who by three years of industry and frugality had also amassed a modest sum, and about this time had determined to try her luck again with the immigration authorities of Uncle Sam.
She also sailed on the Uranium. But as her quarters were in another part of the boat she and Ivan did not meet for many days. When the ship stopped at Halifax Ivan's friend informed him that there was a girl aboard from his village. He further stated: "She was a very pretty girl." He volunteered to introduce the pair. He did so, and was considerably astonished to see them fall into each other's arms.
He friend will be best man at the wedding, which will take place as soon as they arrive at Mahanoy City. Jennie experienced no difficulty with the authorities on this her second entrance into America.