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By Joseph Gatins:
My grandfather and grandmother, Joseph F. Gatins, Jr. and Eglé de Villelume-Sombreuil Gatins, initially approached their new lives in the United States as any normal newlyweds, disembarking in New York in early October 1914. Eglé was introduced to the rest of the Gatins family, which received her warmly. “The Gatinses were so affectionate. Mrs. Gatins was wonderful and so was Mr. Gatins,” Eglé said of her new in-laws, although her husband’s parents would have preferred and had expected an expansive wedding ceremony and reception. The nuptials in Paris had perforce been very small, Eglé said, because of the war [World War I had officially erupted five days before the wedding.] My grandparents then stayed a “little while” in New York, a bustling business and cultural center of more than two million residents, many of them new immigrants from all over Europe. Manhattan was known to both of them. He had […]