She always had a weakness for the kind of man who would leave everything behind to chase a dream.
When Elizabeth first met Friedrich Trump on that windy Autumn afternoon while she was strolling through the dusty streets of Kallstadt, Germany, she didn’t think much of him one way or the other. But when he told her that he was on his way back to America to seek his fortune in the Klondike Gold Rush, she started feeling an excitement which she’d seldom felt before in her young life.
Perhaps the fact that Friedrich’s mother did not approve of his passionate relationship with the young Elizabeth contributed to the fact that Elizabeth set her sights on the attractive New Yorker and refused to let go of the vision she had in her mind of the two of them living together in America.
“Will you marry me my beautiful, stubborn Liz?” Friedrich asked her one night after he’d taken her for a long walk under a starry German sky.
“I thought you were never going to ask,” she replied and that settled it; Elizabeth Christ Trump was destined to become an American!
Though many years have passed since Friedrich and Elizabeth first set foot together on the golden shores of the East Coast of America, their love story has not been forgotten and Elizabeth, especially, will always be remembered as the matriarch of every Trump that was born thereafter in the land of the free and the home of the brave.
By romance author J.E. Michelle and historical fiction researcher and author, Ryn Shell.
Elizabeth Christ Trump, grandmother of Donald Trump, founded Elizabeth Trump & Son in 1923 with her son Fred Trump who was 18 at the time. Elizabeth and her husband Frederick Trump had moved to the borough of Queens in 1906 where her husband began developing real estate. In 1918, however, he died of influenza leaving an estate valued at $31,359 ($492,016 in 2016 dollars)
Elizabeth had a "remarkable talent" for keeping the real estate business going after her husband's death. She had a local contractor build houses on an empty piece of property they owned, sold the houses, and lived off the mortgage and rental proceeds paid by the new owners. Her vision was to have her three children continue the family business when they finished school, but her middle son Fred, wanted to start earlier. She founded the company "Elizabeth Trump & Son" to give him his start. Since he was under age, she signed all legal documents. Fred eventually became a successful real estate developer himself but Elizabeth would remain involved throughout her life. Even in her 70s she would collect coins from the laundromats in the Trump buildings.
Leadership under Donald Trump.
Donald Trump worked for Elizabeth Trump & Son while attending the University of Pennsylvania, and in 1968 officially joined the company. He was given control of the company in 1971 and, in one of his first acts, renamed the company The Trump Organization.
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