Into The Heart of Darkness – Part 2
Mon. 10 Jan 2011. 9:06 am
When I came across the passport application for my grandmother, Ethel Evelyn (Norman) Newport, I was amazed. First off was the fact that I found it online; second was seeing a copy of the actual application – including her picture.
Is this ever cool stuff or what?
So looking at the passport application – conveniently duplicated here for you – the first thing I notice is…it’s a helluva lot easier to read then a bunch of those Ellis Island records. Click on the images to see them a bit larger.
Then I notice there is a lot of good genealogical information
- Ethel was born on 13 June 1889 in Omaha, Nebraska
- Ethel was a housewife living in Everett, Washington in 1916
- Her father is John Norman and, as of 5 May 1916, lives in Everett, Washington
And then there is the cool stuff
- Ethel was going to meet her husband in West Africa
- She was going to be out of the United States for about three years
- And she was leaving from New York on 15 July 1916 and going to England aboard the Philadelphia
Finally there is the obscure and unusual information I find intriguing such as
- Ethel was residing at the Shoreham (?) Hotel in Washington, D.C. sometime after 5 May 1916 and at least up until 8 July 1916
But all this only leads to a number of questions – well to me it does
- Why was Ethel and her father living in Everett Washington in 1916?
- What was Everett, Washington like back then?
- What was the Shoreham Hotel?
- Into The Heart of Darkness (newportsnews.wordpress.com)