Commemorating 70 years in America
By Peter ArnotiI’m not sure if the following is newsworthy but I wanted to share with you what I thought was necessary to express our appreciation for letting our family realize the American dream.
On December 22, 1950, after 10 days in the U.S. Navy ship, we finally set foot on American soil at Ellis Island, New York. After several days crossing the US by train we finally made it to Lewiston and were met by Charlie Poxleitner who had married Ladd’s mother Margaret Poxleitner (she came to the US in 1949). If I recall the story correctly, Charlie had to buy a used vehicle in Lewiston to get us all to Keuterville. After three flat tires and climbing the old Lewiston Grade we finally made it “home”. Had it not been for the sisters at St. Gertrudes who sponsored Grandma Poxlietner in 1949 and subsequently the Arnoti family of five in 1950 there is no telling where we would have ended. Certainly war-torn Germany had few opportunities for anyone. As you may know Dad was a professional artist in Hungary, won national recognition and sold
his painting internationally. It was his form of income to keep his family alive during and after the war.
Dad did an oil painting of Wolfratshausen, the town where we came and we three kids were born, sometime in the mid-50’s. And so, to commemorate our milestone I decided the best way would be to have a print made of Dad’s painting and share it with the citizens of Wolfratshausen, Germany. In my mind this would complete our family life cycle and keep Dad’s painting legacy alive.
Fortunately, my mission was accomplished. What I will forward from my cell phone will be a series of pictures which document our journey to the Camas Prairie and the communication I have had with Germany.
We are forever indebted to the wonderful folks in central Idaho. We are grateful for having been raised in rural Keuterville/Cottonwood and instilled with a sense of family and hard work. Values which have made we three kids successful in life. The trunk which held all our family possessions along with some of Dad’s photographic equipment is now on display at the museum.