OVERLOOKED PEOPLE WHO DESERVE TO BE REMEMBERED

Solving the Mystery of Arne Pettersen, the Last to Leave Ellis Island

Megan Smolenyak
10 min readDec 21, 2020

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Annie Moore and Arne Pareli Pettersen, first and last through Ellis Island, seen together for the first time

Annie Moore and Arne Pettersen were Ellis Island’s bookends. An Irish teenager, Annie was the first to arrive when the immigration processing center opened its doors on January 1, 1892. 62 years later on November 12, 1954, Norwegian seaman Arne would be the last to…

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Megan Smolenyak

Genealogical adventurer & storyteller who loves solving mysteries! You may not know me, but chances are you’ve seen my work. (www.MeganSmolenyak.com)