Franz and Franziska Dyszelski came to the United States in 1892, the first year that the Ellis Island Immigration Station was officially open. Franz and Franziska are the 2nd great-grandparents-in-law of Larisa Thomas, an employee in the Hornblower Cruises' marketing department.
Born in the 1860s in Polish Russia, the Dyszelskis came to the United States with four of their children: Franz, Joseph, Marcus, and Stanislaus, who ranged in age from infant to 5 years old. They arrived on February 3, 1892 via Rotterdam, Holland on the Werkendam. Their country of origin is listed as Hungary. During this time period in Europe, the country we now know as Poland did not exist, and much of its area was alternately claimed by the Germanic states, Russia and the Austria-Hungarian Empire.
The Dyszelskis traveled west from New York, settling in 14th Ward in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by 1900. By 1910, Franz worked as a chipper in a foundry, owned his own home, spoke English and had become a naturalized citizen. He and his wife would go on to have 14 children in total. He died on July 2, 1910 at the age of 51. Franziska died fifteen years later in 1925.
**Ship manifest image from the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation passenger records - www.ellisisland.org