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Martin lived with his wife, daughter and son; his son being the oldest of the siblings. They ran a bar in their home town together and had a fairly poor life, as the bar simply wasn't providing them with enough money to keep itself sustained. After a while, their supplies began to run low and the only hope for the family was to find a better source of income; the father decided to take matters into his own hands, and after hearing of job opportunities within America, he put the bar into the hands of his eldest child and went on his way.
It was a difficult decision, as the family had never really been apart aside from when one went out to get supplies. It split off the father from his own family, and he knew the journey would be rather long and tiring. He only hoped that his family would be able to sustain with the money they had left, as the cost of the voyage was high. He was particularly worried about food, as the country had a difficult time feeding its inhabitants as it was.
When Martin arrived, it was apparent to him that the ship was becoming rather crowded despite his early arrival, and it was even more apparent that the voyage would become worse as night fell. He could already see the horrid living conditions and packed rooms of unsanitary individuals, but he reminded himself it was for his family's well being, and continued forth.
When it came time for those in the steerage to eat, it was incredibly cluttered and those who were young would push aside others simply to get food; though steerage food was disgusting, it was the only thing they got to eat. Old people and women alike on the ships were disrespected by the younger individuals. The gender division was hardly looked after and would often cause inequalities like these, leaving old folks and women to eat scraps.
Eventually, it was time for everyone to move off the ship and into the harbor of New York, their voyage finally over. Unfortunately for some, they had to pass through Ellis Island due to diseases they may have had; Martin, thankfully, did not. Likely one of the worst experiences of his life thus far, however he was thankful to not have to go through quarantine. Now to do what he came for -- get a job and provide for his family.
Martin looked for a job day and night, though due to his age and the high demand for jobs within factories, it didn't take too long before he found one. The hours were lengthy and tiring, however he knew he needed to get the money to his family, so he did. He settled down in a low price neighborhood and worked his job to the best of his ability, sending money back to his family frequently. His children would send him letters telling them how they are and how much they missed him.
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