This is part of my series of interesting newspaper articles that I find in the old Latvian newspapers available through Periodika. Most of the articles I post are in some way related to migration, wars or other events that are of particular genealogical note.
Source: Baltijas Vēstnesis (Baltic Herald), August 3, 1904
Jelgava. Emigrants. The Jelgava Gazette [NB: German-language newspaper] has announced that on Thursday of last week, a party of workers from a local cloth factory travelled to Liepaja, from where they plan to travel to Hamburg and then onwards to America. Amongst them were a 60 year old man and a young wife with two small children, who received travel money from her husband who has already been in America for several months. These emigrants are going to Wisconsin, where there is a bigger cloth factory where a number of other emigrants from Rīga and Jelgava have obtained profitable jobs.
It’s such a shame that they did not name the emigrants! That would make tracing them easier for their descendants. I tried looking for the German newspaper it mentions, to see if they were listed there, but the 1904 editions are not digitized, unfortunately. But this does give hope that some emigrants could be listed by name, or, if not, at least the description of the family group could help narrow down who the emigrants were.