Manifest regarding J.C. Van Lierop's arrival in the United States at Ellis Island (Line 16).
SS Nieuw Amsterdam in New York Harbor, upon which J.C. Van Lierop arrived to the United States in 1922.
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"WHAT'S IN A NAME?"
--William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene II.
We are often asked why this firm is named The Hartford Firm. To be clear, we have no affiliation with any other company bearing the name Hartford.
The firm's name is the product of the fact that my great-grandfather, the original J.C. Van Lierop (known by me as "Opa"), immigrated from the Netherlands to start a new life in the United States. He came to the United States with $5 in his pocket, was processed through Ellis Island, and eventually settled in Hartford, Michigan, where he began a flower and bulb business, Hartford Farms. The area of Michigan where Opa settled was a hotbed for Dutch immigrants.
Opa became a very successful businessman and expanded the farm's locations to Foley, Alabama, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Eventually, the farm was centralized in Foley, and then moved to Blountstown, Florida, for the excellent base of labor and reasonable cost of farmland. Hartford Farms was one of the largest employers in the area.
I grew up working on the farm in Blountstown, and know the value and cost of hard work. When I founded this firm, I chose the name, The Hartford Firm, to honor the entrepreneurship and legacy of my family.
The Hartford Firm values the entrepreneurial spirit of Americans and strives to facilitate the accomplishment of our clients in achieving the American dream. This is our mission.