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Theme II – Resources – Lesson 3



People Who Have Come to Indiana

Moy Lee

Moy Lee came from China to New York some time before 1880. He moved to Indianapolis and became a naturalized citizen in 1888. He opened a tea store on Massachusetts Avenue, became a successful businessman, and provided assistance to other Chinese immigrants.

J. Heinrich Zessens Zur Oeveste

Zur Oeveste was a German farmer who came to America in 1834. After arriving in Cincinnati, he worked on a canal and in an inn to save enough money to buy land. In 1841, he moved his family to the White Creek farming community in Bartholomew County, Indiana. Life was hard at first, but five years after the land was bought the family had 19 acres under cultivation. They owned 3 horses, 10 cows, and 20 to 30 pigs, sheep, and geese.

Sook ja Hansen

Sook Ja was attending a Korean university when she met her American husband, who was in the Peace Corps at the time. Although her family was upset at first by her decision to marry a non Korean, they eventually came to accept Sook Ja's husband. Even so, the young couple found it difficult to live in Korea and eventually moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where they were attracted by job opportunities and strong family and community values.

Madame C. J. Walker

Sarah Breedlove was born in 1867 in Delta, Mississippi. Her parents were black sharecroppers who died when she was a child. Sarah worked as a laundress and a cook. Trying to make her own hair grow, she experimented and gradually developed and marketed a new line of cosmetics. She married Charles J. Walker, a newspaperman, and, in 1910, moved to Indianapolis. Here, she built a factory, ran a successful business, and made important contributions to the black community.

Source: The Indiana Junior Historian, February, 1992.

Larry Rangel

Larry Rangel came to Indiana from the small town of San Jose Iturbide in Mexico in the 1970s. He worked at lowpaying jobs in restaurants until he was able to open his own business. He opened a restaurant called La Margarita on the north side of Indianapolis in 1990. He died at the age of 49 in February 2000. in the crash of a light plane piloted by his friend, racecar driver Tony Bettenhausen, Jr.

Source: Indianapolis Star, February 15, 2000, p. A5.


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