|By Kerby Miller - Ed. Chronicle Books|
My Irish ancestor somehow managed to work long and hard enough to buy a small farm in rural Indiana. He married a girl in Illinois, eventually raising ten children. He became active in rural township politics and proudly became an American citizen.
Furthermore, four of his children graduated at High School, which was a success for the time. However, there were many difficult times in these new surroundings, such as poor crops, freezing winters and droughts. Through it all, he and his family survived life's difficulties, don't know if he ever returned to Ireland or what became of his brother. His is just one of a million stories of immigrants who came to America following the dream of a better way of life. I am grateful that he made the journey.