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Annie Moore Press Coverage

Gave Annie Ten Dollars

NEW YORK, Jan. 1, 1892 (The New York Times) — Without any ceremony or formal opening the immigration officials of this city to-day settled down on Ellis Island, in the harbor, and the barge office is known to them no more. The steamship Nevada was the first to arrive at the new landing place. Her immigrants were put aboard the barge J. E. Moore, and amid the blowing of foghorn and whistles approached the pier.

Charles M. Hanley, private secretary to the late Secretary Windom, who had asked to be allowed to register the first immigrant, was at the registry desk when there came tripping up a fifteen-year-old-girl, Annie Moore, and her little brother. They had come from Cork to meet their mother, who lives here.

Col. Webber greeted Annie, and then presented her with a crisp new $10 bill.

The New York Times published a follow-up article on January 2, 1892 which provides a more detailed picture of the process used to receive immigrants through Ellis Island. Read the article here.

Historical Note: It is known from other reports that Annie was given a $10 gold coin, not a bill. Although the manifest states she was 13, and news reports state she was 14 upon her departure from Queenstown and celebrated her 15th birthday the very day she was processed at Ellis Island, in fact Annie was 17 and her birthday was in May.  

 

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