Yahoo! Employee Foundation is pleased to be a part of assisting the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation in bringing its lessons out to students across California.
Tony Tam, Yahoo! Inc.
By Maria Sakovich and Eugenia Bailey
Ninety years ago, on 1 July 1923, a special group of refugees on the American transport U.S.A.T. Merritt arrived at San Francisco. These 526 Russian men, women, and children had been part of a flotilla of some twenty Russian vessels (under the command of Rear Admiral Yu. K. Stark) which left Vladivostok in October 1922 when the city fell to the Bolsheviks. After a harrowing journey plagued by inhospitable governments, poor shipboard conditions, and typhoons which sank two of the not-very-seaworthy vessels and their passengers; a remnant of the original 7,000 refugees managed to make it to Manila in the Philippine Islands, where the American government had guaranteed asylum. Consultation by Governor General Leonard Wood with President Harding and the Secretaries of War and Labor enabled the homeless and stateless Russians to come to the United States under the terms of the recently enacted quota law. The American Red Cross helped to finance the trip.
Major General Anthony L. Jackson, USMC (Ret.) does not require you to salute when you greet him. He is a down to earth leader with broad ranging interests. And he has been appointed by Governor Brown to move our State Parks system on to higher ground.
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