Stanczyk, was not aware that the US Government once contemplated the sale of Ells Island.
The 9 Feb 1958 article (from Daytona Beach Morning Journal — in Google’s Newspaper Archives) spoke about the condition of Ellis island and some of the cost drivers. Then the author diverges a bit into opinion and claims Ellis Island was a “scandal ridden bedlam” and that between 1900-1914 was the great “Slav Invasion apparently from Southern Europe and the Balkans – whew, for a minute there I thought they were talking about Czechs, Poles, and Russians.
Still this besmirching of the Southern Slavs in 1958 seems to be similar to today’s brand of xenophobia and is even filled with speculation … “How many persons turned away were lunatics?”. No, who-what-when-where-and-why in that journalism.
Dick Eastman‘s Online Newsletter also had a blog on Ellis Island recently (3/9/2012) … The 9 March 2012 MailOnline (UK periodical) had a article on Ellis Island with some eerie photos of before the island was made into a National Park. Please do go take a look at the pictures.
These two articles provide quite a context for Ellis Island after it was retired and before it was to become a National Park.