- Emke until 1906 lived in Schettens, Friesland. In 1906 he emigrated to America on the ship Noordam of Rotterdam. With a loan of fl 500 from a farmer friend he arrived in America on the 7 March 1906. He was 21 years of age and unmarried. He did not remain in America but returned to the Netherlands, where he repaid his loan.
In 1909 Emke returned again to America, arriving on the 4 May 1909 on the ship Potsdam out of Rotterdam. He was 24 years old and now married and a carpenter by profession. He was 1m84cm (6'1") tall with blonde hair and brown eyes. He arrived with his wife Antje and his brother Jarig. They had come from Schettens and gave their father Gerard Knorr's contact address. Emke had $90 US dollars and was to temporarily reside with their friend H.O. Okkema in H5 Number 11 Street, Paterson, New Jersey. Emke's wife, also of Schettens, was 20 years of age, 1m53cm (5'1") tall, had bonde hair and brown eyes. This was Antje's first time in America. Emke and Antje had three children, a girl and two boys. Antje died during child birth and the son was brought up by another family. Emke and Antje's only daughter lives in South Dakota and has no children (2002), their first son has three children.
Notes on the S.S. Noordam:
Emke Knorr arrived at Ellis Island on board the Steam Ship Noordam on March 7, 1906 departing from Rotterdam.
Built by Harlan & Wolff Limited, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1902. 12,531 gross tons; 575 (bp) feet long; 62 feet wide. Steam triple expansion engines, twin screw. Service speed 15 knots. 2,278 passengers (286 first class, 192 second class, 1,800 third class). Built for Holland - America Line, Dutch flag, in 1902 and
named Noordam. Rotterdam-New York service. Chartered by Swedish American Line, in 1922 and renamed Kungsholm. Gothenburg-New York service. Returned toHolland - America Line, Dutch flag, in 1924 and reverted to Noordam. Rotterdam-New York service. Laid up in 1927. Scrapped in Holland in 1928.