Immigrants Who Came to Give and Not Take…Meet Sarah Thal
Going back through some old research notes, I stumbled across the story of an immigrant to America. An unsung heroine who came here to make America a better place and give something back…not just take and remake the country in the image of her old country.
The early immigrants to America, the ones who thrived here, were independent, strong-willed, stubborn, adventurous risk-takers. They didn’t want handouts. They wanted the freedom to make their own way.
Just this morning I read the story of Sarah Thal, a German-Jewish immigrant who came to America with her husband in 1880. The couple settled in North Dakota. Her first child was born in a cabin so full of cracks that a make-shift tent was made around her and the baby. They literally camped in front of the fireplace to keep warm. She watched prairie fires light up the distant sky on more than one occasion. She lost a baby because 10 feet of snow prevented her from getting to a doctor. This was Sarah’s existence. It never broke her. She didn’t let it turn her into a bitter old woman. She accepted her circumstances, praised God in the storm, and plowed on.
One year the German community decided to get together and celebrate the 4th of July. It was a 22-mile trip each way for the Thal’s to attend, but they were proud and eager to do so. As she wrote in a letter, “Each foreign colony celebrated in their own fashion, loyal to the traditions of the old land and faithful to those of the new. . . .”
Faithful to those of the new.
Unfortunately, stout bloodlines like Sarah’s are getting “watered down.” It’s a shame. American women were strong and resilient as a rule, fiercely independent, the toughest in the world. And she wanted to be an American. Therein lies the crux of the matter with the flood of illegals at our border.
Today, I think women like Sarah are the exception, which is why it’s important to remember them! Do you think I’m wrong? Speak your mind, politely, please.
Posted on June 7, 2019, in Uncategorized and tagged a lady in defiance, A Promise in Defiance, american citizenship, american history, American women, American women in history, American Women in the Revolutionary War, black women who built the west, border control, christian fiction, conservative, Daughters of the American Revolution, George Washington, german immigrants, Glenn Beck, Hearts in Defiance, heather blanton, illegal immigration, immigrants, jewish women history, legends of the old west, north dakota history, Old West History, old west legends, patriots, pro-life, Revolutionary War, Sarah Thal, true west, unsung heroines of the west, US Constitution, War for Independence, western history, western romance, Westerns, wild west history, women of the old west, Women of the Wild West, women who settled the west, women who went west, Women who won the west. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.