Andreas Hanselmann, United States immigrants
After having spent two dozen years in California, I decided to return to my home country Switzerland. I arrived in New York by the shortest way. Several times I had read in newspapers about the "Hotel St. Gotthard," and I thought that this must be a Swiss hotel. So I went to that place. When I entered the dining room the landlady welcomed me with friendly words. I answered: "The way you talk you must be from the Toggenburg." "Yes, I am," she replied, "I am born Alpiger from Alt St. Johann, and my husband is a citizen from the Thurgau and his name is Staheli." We chatted most pleasantly throughout the evening, and the next morning I boarded the ship. There I met a man who sold mattresses and covers to passengers. I bought one and also a cover.
Hanselmann, Andreas; im Bundt, Ch. H.; Blatter,, Richard Translator; and Schelbert,, Leo Editor
"Adventures in North America Based on My Own Experiences: My Home Voyage,"
Swiss American Historical Society Review: Vol. 47:
3, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/sahs_review/vol47/iss3/7