Hungary to America

Pictured is the small trunk that carried all the belongings of part of my Hungarian side of the family. Great Grandma Horvath lost 2 children to small pox on the steamer that carried her to Ellis Island four generations ago. She depended on Hungarian speaking strangers to help her locate her husband in Cleveland because she didn’t speak English. As a child in Hungary, she used pumpkin oil to light her home, but her family became U.S. Steel workers that invested in their community by building a church, owning fruit stands and country clubs. Today, her recipes are still used by family to make stuffed cabbage and beigli (poppyseed rolls).