"Gertrude would save the apricot pits because she had heard if she rubbed them she could make chewing gum. Disappointed that her experiment failed, she buried the pits in the backyard. It was long before an apricot tree grew there." (Gertrude Liebman)
Apricot tree branch courtesy https://www.aliexpress.com/w/wholesale-dried-apricot.html.
Gertrude's mother had to eke out a living for her four children during the next three years. She was very resourceful. Gertrude's mother baked bread which she sold in the neighbouring Arab village. Soldiers who deserted the army would stop at their house for a short stay. They would leave their army blankets which Gertrude's mother would make into coats and sell them. Gertrude's mother woul dpick apricots from neighbourhood trees and make jam. Gertrude would save the apricot pits because she had heard if she rubbed them she could make chewing gum. Disappointed that her experiment failed, she buried the pits in the backyard. It was long before an apricot tree grew there.
The family wanted to join their father in America and planned their trip. The first thing they packed was their periner (featherbed) which came in handy later on when there were no berths available on the ship that took them across the Mediterranean. They sailed to America aboard the Ryndam which departed from Cherbourg, France. They were detained at Ellis Island; authorities suspected that Gertrude's older brother had trachoma.
They settled in an apartment in Manhattan where Gertrude had to get to know her father all over again. In the three years he had been in the United States, he had become Americanized. He taught himself how to read and write English. He found a job as a chicken slaughterer. Gertrude found a new school on Lexington Avenue. Their new life had begun.
Manhattan circa 1920's courtesy http://www.archdaily.com/783927/how-the-metlife-building-redefined-midtown-manhattan.