A Stunning Chronicle of Life on Ellis Island, 1920

Spanish Immigrants in the United States

Francie Rodríguez (née Guerra), of Canton, Ohio has preserved and shared with us this remarkable document, chronicling the crossing from Spain and the Ellis Island trials and tribulations of her grandfather, Gabriel Tarriño.  Such detailed first-hand accounts like this one are quite rare.  The text presented here was transcribed and translated by Francie’s brother. With help from Laura Repullo Chacón and Ángel Briongos, we are in the process of retranscribing the document and revising the translation.

For more information, contact us at whitestoneridge@gmail.com. 


Rodriguez, Francie 9 A page from Gabriel Tarriño’s chronicle of his ordeal on Ellis Island in 1920.

The following is a translation of my maternal grandfather’s diary from the time they let Spain until their arrival in New York then Canton, Ohio.

On the 20th day of July 1920 we left Nerva, Huelva, Spain with a pass from the Company up to the Mayas then on to Seville costing 39 pesetas and…

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