[H1] According to CastleGarden.org Giovanni son of Domenico arrived in the Port New York on 28 April 1898. He was reported as Occupation - Sailor; Age 32; Literacy - yes; Origin - Italy; Port - Genoa; Last Residence - Santa Flavia; Destination - Buffalo, NY - Ship - Kaiser Wilhelm II.
Witness/Godparents at Christening:
Pietro Machi 32 yrs. old son of Antonio
Giovanni Zizzo 42 yrs old son of Antonino
Pietro as a young man, was a merchant seaman in the Italian Merchant Marine.
In the early 1890's he was assigned to a ship commanded by Captain Don Pietro de la Spezia. Pietro got into an altercation, and was greatly humiliated by the Captain before the passengers.
Shortly thereafter the ship arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana and the crew was given 24 hour liberty. It was then Pietro decided to "jump ship". In order not to arouse suspicion, he left all his personal
belongings on board. He went ashore with only the clothes he was wearing.
During that same period of time, in 1890-1891, an incident occurred in New Orleans, which was commonly referred to as the "Mafia Trial". It surrounded the murder of New Orleans Police Chief David Hennessey. Over this incident mob driven violence erupted which resulted in the persecution and mistreatment of the Sicilian population.
During these violent times, Pietro walked the streets of New Orleans, wondering what he should do, and where he could go until his ship left port. During this quandary, two brothers, from Termini, Sicily, who were passengers on Pietro's ship, spotted him and asked what he was doing. After Pietro explained his situation to them, the brothers maintained it was too dangerous to stay in New Orleans. They further stated that they were on their way to Buffalo, New York to start a produce business and insisted he accompany them. Pietro, took them up on their offer. This is how he settled in Buffalo.
Under the guidance of these two brothers, Pietro entered the fruit and vegetable business and
started peddling produce in a basket he carried door to door.
[H3] According to Ellis Island records, Antonia arrived in the Port of New York on July 12, 1906 at age 1 year old. She was with her mother Santa Busalacchi who was listed as age 22. They left the Port of Palermo on the ship "Sannio" on their way to Milwaukee, WI to meet their husband and father Pietro Alioto who resided on Huron Street at that time.
In the CastleGarden.org records, Providenza age 23, arrived in the Port of New York on 28 April 1898; Last Residence Reported - Santa Flavia; Destination - Buffalo, NY; on the ship Kaiser Wilhelm II. She obviously was accompanied by her brother-in-law Giovanni who was reported on the same ship.
According to her death certificate, Providenza was a resident of the United States for 13 years prior to her death. This would indicate her last passage and final entry occurred about 1914.
In searching the Ellis Island Records, Providenza and family last entered the USA on April 7, 1914. The family left Palermo, Sicily on the ship "Canada". The ships manifesto reads:
Bellanti, Pietro 45
Tarantino, Providenza 39
Bellante, Anna 17
Bellante, Maria 14
Bellante, Domenico 13
Bellante, Antonino 9
Bellante, Rosa 8
Bellante, Giovanni 4
Bellante, Giuseppe 3
"From 1860 until 1929, the Italian state (i.e. the Kingdom of Italy) did not recognize Catholic marriages. Although it is true that both ecclesiastical and civil marriages were performed for most spousal unions in certain parts of Italy (such as the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies) in the decades before 1860, the Kingdom of Italy refused to recognize ecclesiastical marriages altogether. This means that an act of birth from, for example, 1875, might refer to a child as the son of "an unwed mother" who in fact was married in church but not at the town hall. A formal act of recognition was made by the natural father before the local vital statistics registrar. "
Antonino and Maria originally married on Jan. 5, 1872 in church. From 1860 to 1929, married couples, who were legitimately married in church, were mandated to remarry under an "Official" civil ceremony. Many resisted this mandate for many years, Apparently, Antonino and Maria remarried December 08, 1891 in a civil ceremony.
[H5] Maria was gifted with the ability to express herself with colorful and sometimes "poetic" expressions in Sicilian. In the early 1930s, to help make ends meet, Maria worked seasonally, 3 to 4 months a year in a cannery. The hours were long and grueling. She often referred to the cannery as the "Scannaria" - - - meaning slaughter house i.e. death house.
[H7] Filippo left Buffalo, NY with his wife, family and father on November 6, 1929 and arrived in San Jose, California on November 10. He left Buffalo primarily for his wife's health and for better job opportunities. The first five years were a struggle. Work was seasonal and jobs were few and far between. Finally in about 1934 he found steady employment, at a modest wage, as a night watchman and worked until the time of his death in 1938. He left a widow to care for the four young boys.
[H8] Shortly before the death of his father, Pete left his home in San Jose and sought employment in Palo Alto, California. He took a job as street sales distributor for the "San Francisco Call-Bulletin" to contribute to the support of the family.
[H10] In the original birth documents of daughter Anna, the name is spelled as "Balistreri"
The following excerpt is from an obituary that appeared in the Buffalo News, Feb. 9, 2004:
"John A. Bellanti who made his mark both in business and in sports, died Saturday (Feb. 7, 2004) in his Eggertsville home after a lengthy illness. He was 71.
Mr. Bellanti rose through the management ranks to become majority owner, president and chief executive officer of Battenfeld Grease and Oil Corp., America's largest independent wholesale manufacturer of lubricating greases and oils.
He was elected to the Western New York Sports Hall of Fame in 2000 for his contributions as owner of two professional soccer teams in Buffalo - the Stallions and the Blizzard - and a career as one of the most respected basketball officials in the Northeast.......... "
[H29] Godparents at Baptism were Salvatore Papia and Diana D'Amore
The witness'/godparents at the Christening of Maria were:
Salvatore Restivo age 30 - Occupation Villico (Farmer)
Giuseppe Tarantino age 36 - Occupation Pescatore (Fisherman)
[H35] Moved to San Francisco, California from Milwaukee, Wisconsin between 1908 - 1913.
Arrived in the Port of New York on June 22, 1899 on the ship SS Saale from his native Porticello, Sicily. He traveled with his older brother Santo. He was 18 years old at the time.
Tommaso was shot and killed in Milwaukee Wisconsin on August 6, 1905 at the age of 26. He resided at 189 Detroit Street at the time of his death and was buried from the Brett Funeral Home of that city. The cost of the funeral was $74.00. He was buried in the Calvary Cemetery on August 8, 1905.
(Calvary Cemetery, internment 14297, volume 2)
[H37] Family maintains that Giuseppe was ill with a chronic bone infection and never left Sicily.
[H38] Possible French Ancestry
[H39] Godparents: Salvatore Colla and Caterina Balistreri
In the mid 1800's Pietro refused to join Garibaldi's Army and spent time in jail.
[H41] Pietro served time in prison for refusing to serve in the Italian Army under Giuseppe Garibaldi during his quest to unify Sicily with Italy in 1860.
[H1837] was remarried October 13, 1870
Left Buffalo, NY and traveled west to San Jose, California with his son Filippo and family in 1929.
After arriving the family fell on hard times in the early 1930s. In the usual Sicilian fashion, when food was scarce on the table, Filippo sang a parody of an aria from the opera of Riblett - -" Macaroni non I Mangino" - " There is no macaroni to eat" During this same span of time, Filippo owned the only watch in the household. He was constantly asked for the time. Often when he tired of these requests, he would answer "Ono Le Sei I mezzo" - "It's 6:30" regardless of what the time actually was. This reply had a double connotation. It was obvious that the time given was wrong and with a bit of imagination, visualize the placement of the hands at this clock setting - symbolizing a flaccid male genitalia. His subtle message really was "quit bothering me"!
[H125] Godparents at Baptism were Joseph Bellanti and Rosalia Bellanti
[H1840] Marriage records of Our Lady of Pompeii Church, Milwaukee, WI show that Stefana and Salvatore may have remarried Feb. 1914.
Original birth documents spell the name as "Balistreri"
Angela and her husband Giuseppe were Godparents to Angeline Alioto, daughter of Giuseppe "Joseph" and Antonia (nee Busalacchi) Alioto.
[H127] Godparents: Giovanni Balestreri and Teresa Pecoraro
[H128] Godparents: Antonino and Giuseppa Busalacchi
[H129] Antonino a/k/a Anthony but as "A.J." to his friends, was very active and served his community for many years as past President of UNICO, past President of Wauwatosa Kiwanis Club and past Chairman of the City of Wauwatosa Board of Zoning Appeals. Professionally, A.J. pursued many interests and became a prominent leader in the development of human service programs for disadvantaged/disabled children and adults.
[H130] Godparents: Pietro Balestrieri and Maria Billante (Rose's Aunt)
[H131] Dr. Balistrieri was co-founder of Willowglen Holdings, Inc. with subsidiaries in Wisconsin, New Jersey, Indiana and South Carolina. He also served as Director of Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatient Service for Milwaukee County, Director of Ozaukee County Mental Health Clinic, Director of De Paul Rehabilitation Center and was a consultant to the City of Milwaukee Board of Education, Elmbrook Hospital, Mental Health Association-Drug Information Committee, Milwaukee County Department of Public Welfare Children's Service, Milwaukee County Children's Court Center, Pius the XI High School and the Milwaukee County Children's Home. He was also a proud member if the Italian Community Center.
[H132] Twin of Philip
[H133] Twin of John
[H136] In Sant' Elia, Stefana was a Sacristan who took care of the church, did all the linens and flowers and dressed the Madonna Addolarata statue.
[H138] Ludovico was killed in Pittsburgh. They were going to Milwaukee where Rachele's brother, Calogero, lived.
Immigrated with his parents to Pittsburgh, PA via Ellis Island around 1908. Francesco was a gifted writer. He often was asked to write editorials for the Italian-American Newspaper in Pittspurgh, PA.
The following is one of the essay's he wrote that expressed his deep feelings for Sant' Elia.
AL MIO PAESELLO LONTANO
Io ti ricordo ridente paesello
tra rocce pittoresche in riva al mare
cinto dalla campagna tutta verde
fertile di frutteti e antichi ulivi.
E penso sempre le barchette belle
dei pescatori il suo canto giulivo
facevan vela verso l'imbrunire
con fede religiosa di pescare.
Dolce ricordo e la bianca Chiesina
dove ho imparato ad essere bravo
quando fanciullo apprendevo dottrina
'dove devoto il pescator s'inchina
Ricordo le tue piccole casette
allo spuntar del sol viste dal mare
protette dai due monti nominati
di Catalfano e Monte Zafferano.
Il nome che in Sicilia a te si diede
E del profeta Elia alta la fede
piccol gioiello in mezzo a due gran gemme
del golfo incantato Termine e Palermo.
Sento la nostalgia per te, mio paesello
dolce ricordo dove io son nato
Io sogno di raggiungerti un bel giorno
Sospiro sempre per te, S' Elia bello.
In translation, the essay loses much of the deep feelings of the original Italian writing. Translated Francesco was expressing:
TO MY DISTANT VILLAGE
I have fond memories of my beautiful village
between colorful cliffs and the river running to the sea,
which encircled the fertile green countryside of fruit and olive orchards
I recall the beautiful small fishing boats
and the fishermen singing their merry songs
while they sailed towards the twilight with religious faith to fish.
Sweet memories of the little white church where I learned the good ways
as a child while watching the devout fishermen as they knelt and prayed.
I recall the small cottages as seen at sunrise from the sea
protected by the mountains Catalfano and Zafferano.
The name that was given to you in Sicily, honoring the great prophet Elia,
the little jewel situated between the two enchanted gems,
the Gulf?s of Termine and Palermo
I have fond memories of you, my sweet village where I was
born, I dream of returning some beautiful day,
I long for you always, my beautiful S' Elia.
1895 - 1977
[H1842] According to the marriage records of Our Lady of Pompeii Church, Milwaukee WI, Caterina and Giuseppe were remarried December, 1913.
[H146] Was crushed between two boats in Sant' Elia.
[H147] Knowing he was going to die due to a weak heart, asked his younger single brother to look after his family. A promise was made and on July 13, 1931, 3 years after Joe's death Salvatore "Tudy" married Providenza "Prudence", his brother's widow.
[H148] Caterina died of a severe case of pneumonia after the birth of Gaetano.
[H149] Anna was a very talented individual. She made delicious Italian Food, baked and beautifully decorated cakes, she loved opera and classical music, and was a wonderful and talented painter. She was a charter member and officer of the West Allis Art Alliance and the Allis Chalmers Art Association. She also won many ribbons at the Wisconsin State Fair for her beautiful flower arrangements. The Godparents at her Baptism were Giovanni Busalacchi and Francesca Tarantino.
[H150] Godparents: Rev. D. Leone and Gioachina Leone
[H151] Godparents: Giuseppe and Angela Alioto
[H152] Joseph was a native of Milwaukee graduating as a member of the first graduation class of the newly constructed Soloman Juneau High School. He entered the military in March 1941 and attained the rank of First Lieutenant and was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart for his service to his country during World War II. He married Dorothy S. (nee Nikody) in 1944 and raised a family, working as a master mason until his retirement. They relocated to Silver Thorne, CO, in 1981, where Joseph built his own retirement passive solar home-he was ahead of his time. During the past few years you would often hear "Joe" say, "My 26 years in the Colorado mountains was one long, happy vacation". Family, socializing with friends, fishing, opera and fine dining were his special joys in life.
[H153] Gaetanina was very proud to be the first of her generation to complete college, graduating from Mount Mary College on "D Day" June 6, 1944. She taught History, Government and English at the high school level until earning her Masters Degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Denver in 1964. She completed her career in education spending the last twenty years as Instructional Media Director at West Allis Central High School. After retiring, her life-long love for teaching and education continued as she dedicated herself to working with the Milwaukee Ladies of UNICO, an Italian -American organization, whose principal charity is scholarships for young people of Italian heritage. She also remained active in the Italian Community Center (ICC), being honored by receiving the ICC Theodore Mazza Community Service Award in 1990 and was elected to its Board of Directors in 1991. Gaetanina's generosity and social consciousness continued through her commitment to her alma mater Mount Mary College by serving as a Class Delegate on the Alumnae Association National Board. As a member of its scholarship committee, she helped establish its scholarship program. She was awarded the Madonna Medal for outstanding Community Service in 1985 and was honored as a Mount Mary College Partner in Philanthropy, November 9, 2010. Most of all, she was dedicated to her family and many friends instilling her belief in family traditions, our Italian heritage and her love for opulent cuisine
[H1843] According to the marriage records of Our Lady of Pompeii Church, Milwaukee WI, Baldassare and Antonina were re-married December, 1913.
[H1844] Vincenzo impregnated his Gaetana (his future wife) when she was 14 years old. They married sometime thereafter.
[H1845] Remarried 2/22/1894
[H1846] witness: Antonino Mineo and Antonino deOrlando
[H1847] Francesco Tarantino married his niece
[H1848] Giovanna legitimized after birth
[H1850] "From 1860 until 1929, the Italian state (i.e. the Kingdom of Italy) did not recognize Catholic marriages. Although it is true that both ecclesiastical and civil marriages were performed for most spousal unions in certain parts of Italy (such as the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies) in the decades before 1860, the Kingdom of Italy refused to recognize ecclesiastical marriages altogether. This means that an act of birth from, for example, 1875, might refer to a child as the son of "an unwed mother" who in fact was married in church but not at the town hall. A formal act of recognition was made by the natural father before the local vital statistics registrar. "
[H168] Giachino legally changed the name from Speciale to Special
[H171] Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H174] Pasquale was born in Accadia, Foggia, Puglia. At his birth the area was known as Accadia Circondario di Ariano di Puglia, Military District of Avellino.
In 1892, Giovanni (who was 21 years of age) was still living in Sant' Elia. A former townsman Pietro Dentice, who made a success peddling fruit in Milwaukee, WI, came back to Sant' Elia to pick up his family. He bought Giovanni a ticket that cost $52.40 and took him back to Milwaukee with the rest of the Dentice family. They left Naples on June 1, 1893 and landed on Ellis Island on June 20, 1893. There were 600 Italians in Milwaukee most of the working of this group were involved in the produce business.
In early 1900 he returned to Sant' Elia and married Francesca Tarantino later that year. He returned to America with his bride and sister Giuseppa. They arrived at the port of New York on June 11, 1900 aboard the ship S/S Neustria. After they arrived they lived with Giovanni's parents at 202 Detroit Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
[H177] Was a prominent attorney in the San Jose area. In 1936, made an unsucceful bid in the Democratic Primary Election for the Eighth District of Congress.
[H1853] Apparently renewed their vows on Aug. 19, 1888 in Bagheria
[H1854] Both Santo and Anna were widowed at the time of their marriage
[H179] Was very active in Lay Catholic, Civic and Philanthropic activities. These activities included a member and past President of the San Francisco Archdiocesan Chapter, National Council of Catholic Women, a member of the San Jose Symphony Assn., Opera San Jose, and the Bench & Bar League Axillary of Lawyers Wives, Santa Clara Bar Assn., a 1974 recipient of the Papal Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal by Pope Paul VI for her teaching of Christian Doctrine.
[H180] Family states that when Gaetano Balestrieri applied for his citizenship papers, the presiding judge used the name of Thomas Balesteri telling Gaetano that he was now in America and he had to "Americanize" his name. Gaetano used the name Thomas Balesteri from then on. The offspring of Thomas continued to use Balesteri.
[H1855] Apparently Francesco ansd Dorotea reaffirmed their wedding vows in 1906 in Milwaukee, WI
Rosaria Francesca Tarantino became a naturalized citizen of the United States February 1, 1945. According to the Naturalization document, she was described as 56 years old, complexion dark, brown eyes, grey hair, 5' 3 1/2" tall, 233 lbs., and as visual distinctive marks she was listed as having "second finger of left hand crooked".
The document was filed, United States of America, Western District of New York, February 1, 1945. The document was filed in name of Francesca.
[H182] Maria was the natural child of Maria Concetta Gumina and ? Seidita. She was adopted by Maria Concetta's brother Salvatore.
[H183] Anthony was playing in a playground and was pulled off or fwell off of a slide, striking his head on the pavement. He died at home of this injury .
[H1856] Witness: Don Carmelo Alfidi and Santo Canzoneri
[H184] Godparents: Matteo Tomasello and Stefana Balistreri
[H1857] Maria and Pietro appeared to have remarried in Our Lady of Pompeii Church, Milwaukee, WI in May, 1913.
[H185] Twin of Nina
[H186] Under the direction of widow Rosa and her three children, Mario, Frank and Antoinette the small cocktail stand founded by husband Nunzio flourished and became Alioto's #8 Restaurant.
Godparents: Giuseppe Balistreri and Anna Maria Savona
Listed as Antonino Balistreri on the wedding document of daughter Antonia.
[H1858] Gaetano and Antonina appear to have re-married in Our Lady of Pompeii Church, Milwaukee, WI in December 1913 or January 1914. Marriage records of that church.
[H188] Nunzio and his brother John (Giovanni) started the Alioto's on the tourist part of the wharf with a small cocktail stand.
[H1859] As mandated by the Italian Government after the Unification of Italy (1860), Salvatore and Rosalia remarried again October 21, 1869.
[H189] Godparents: Antonino Machi and Grazia LoCoco
[H190] Immigrated to America 1897 at the age of 9 with the destination of Milwaukee, WI. After one winter (too cold) moved to San Francisco, CA. He was one of the owners of the San Francisco International Fish Corp. that wholesaled fish on the San Francisco Wharf.
[H191] Giovanni a/k/a John was an attorney andalso a silent partner in the International Fish Co. He was also a partner in what now is known as Alioto #8 Restaurant.
Excerpt from Newspaper article:
"SAN FRANCISCO, (AP) - Annetta Alioto Lazio, whose family runs the last fresh fish company on San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf, has died of heart failure in Greenbrae, she was 98.
Born in Sant' Elia, Sicily, Annetta came to the United States as a child. She married Tom Lazio, and in 1940, they founded the Tom Lazio Fish Company for a brother of Anetta who at the time was unemployed. The Tom Lazio Fish Company is also known as Alioto-Lazio for Annette and Tom.
[H193] He was a prominent attorney of national stature. He had successfully argued before the Supreme Court of the United States. As a political figure, he was twice elected Mayor of the City of San Francisco. He served from 1967 to 1975.
[H196] Godparents: Jacobi Riccobono and Blasia Guardalabene. Baptismal records are in name of Corrao
The following is an excerpt taken from The Redwood Record, Garberville, California that appeared in the summer of 1966:
"...Pietro came to the United States in 1890 at the age of 13 with his father. They arrived in New York, sailed to New Orleans and traveled west by train. In San Francisco, they joined his uncle Antoni Bellonti (Bellanti?) who operated a fish market on Clay Street. He came from a long line of sea faring men. His father was a fisherman in his youth, then sailed with the Italian Navy and later was a merchant seaman. His grandfather and other men in the family were also fishermen.
His first fishing experience was on the Sacramento River at the age of 14 with his father. After eight seasons they moved north to Alaska for two years. Here a season's salmon catch would bring them $550.00. This was considered a tremendous amount in those days.
Pietro's father went back to Italy (Sant' Elia, Sicily) to bring back his mother, brother and sister to the United states.
Eventually, "Pop" (as he was often affectionately referred to) recalled, almost the entire village of 350 came to the U. S., most of them to the bay area.
At the age of 25, after a three year hitch in the Italian Navy, "Pop" returned to San Francisco and went to work for uncle Antoni Bellonti in his fish market for a weekly salary of $10.00, and eventually $15.00.
In 1905 when he became a U. S. citizen, he went back to Italy (Sant' Elia) and married Nunzia (later called Sarah) Alioto. He returned to San Francisco alone in 1908 and went to work for the Western Fish Company.....
That same year Pop's wife and eight month old daughter Rose, and father and mother came to San Francisco.
It was about this time that Machi (Pop), Joe Alioto (relative of Mrs. Machi), and Tony Trappani (a drag boat operator) formed a partnership and the "San Francisco International Fish Company" was born.......
International eventually joined with the Western Fish Company and then in 1915 broke away. This was an era of growth.
Starting with a new drag boat the company fished and opened several branches for their wholesale fish business along the north coast. They eventually had branches at Santa Cruz, Monterey, Capitola, Pittsburg, Martinez, Eureka and Fort Bragg. The Fort Bragg operation is now operated as the Paladini Fish Company. A total of about 50 men were employed.
In the late 1920s the company bought a building at 535-539 Washington St., San Francisco for $30,000. and spent $90,000. remodeling it, installing a modern cold storage plant and putting in a fish market......
The new fish market was on the edge of Chinatown.....
At this point Pop's powers of recall were particularly good as he reminisced about this colorful period of San Francisco history.
This was the period when the Chinese wore queues and engaged in Tong wars in the narrow, forbidding alley ways.........
What is now Fisherman's Wharf, a tourist mecca of colorful souvenir shops, plush restaurants, sidewalk crab and shrimp stands, was in the early 1900s, when the International Fish Company was first started, only the mooring place for fishing boats. A few crab pots operated for the local trade. There were warehouses along the wharf, some storing Tan Oak Bark which was used to dye fish nets to keep them from rotting in the salt water.
To the best of Machi's recollection, the first cocktail stand on the wharf was started by a cousin, Frank Bellonti (Bellanti?). He later added a restaurant, also the first for the wharf.......
The present famous Alioto's Restaurant was started in the days prior to 1920 by Nunzio Alioto, a cousin of Mrs. Machi. It is now operated by two sons, Mario and Frank.
The Lazio Fish Company in Eureka was started by Tom Lazio, an early member of the International Fish Company. Mrs. Lazio was a cousin of Mrs. Machi and was a member of the Alioto family.
Frank Alioto, another family member, is associated with the Alioto Fish Company in San Francisco.
Pop's interest in and association with Shelter Cove started in 1925 when the San Francisco International Fish Company, Paladini Fish Company and Western Fish Company formed the Northern California Fisheries and bought the Shelter Cove property.
The new company built and operated a fish receiving and processing plant. A wharf was already there. It had been built in the 1880s for the loading and unloading of freight and passengers. In 1928, International Fish Company, with which Pop was still associated, bought out the interests of the other two companies and continued to operate at Shelter Cove.
During the peak of the season, Pop recalls, as many as 15 men were employed at the processing plant and upwards of 300 boats would be anchored in the cove. Forty to fifty thousand pounds of fish per day were processed........
During the early 1930s, Pops 3 sons, Mario, Tony and Babe, along with relatives of other stock holders worked at Shelter Cove during the summer months.
In 1946 the International Fish Company was dissolved and the property reverted to the company attorney.
In 1946 the three Machi Brothers returned after World War II and purchased the property.......
(It was turned into a sport fishing area in 1948.)"
After studying physical education, anatomy, biology and some medicine for three
years at San Francisco State University, Mario Machi enlisted in the U.S. Army
on February 17, 1941 at the age of 26, and his unit sailed to the Philippines
on October 2, 1941. After fighting a fierce battle on the Philippine island of
Bataan on April 6, 1942 and being hopelessly outnumbered by the Japanese, over
30,000 U.S. troops, including Mario, surrendered and were forced to march 70
miles through malaria infested jungles with neither food nor water while being
brutally beaten. 10,000 brave men died along the way, and thousands more died
in the brutal conditions of Japanese prison camps over the next three years,
but unbeknownst to his family and the outside world, Mario Machi survived.
In his book, Under the Rising Sun, Mario tells of surviving the unimaginable
horror in prisoner-of-war camps by devoting himself to serving others as a
paramedic; and that his faith in God, thoughts of his family, love of country,
and hopes for a future in Shelter Cove where he had stayed for several pleasant
summers during his youth were what sustained him in his darkest hours. When
freed from the Bilibid prison camp in 1945 and re-united with his family in San
Francisco, Mario was awarded the Bronze Star for his service to others in the
After the War, Mario continued to pursue his dreams of returning to Shelter
Cove with his brothers, Anthony and Thomas, as they first leased the property
there in 1946 and then soon purchased it. Together, the three brothers
established a fishing and camping resort at Shelter Cove where they each
married and raised families, until they went their separate ways in 1968. Over
that period of time, Mario helped to sustain the developing resort over the
idle winter months by having a distinguished 23 year elementary school teaching
career at nearby Miranda where he retired from teaching in 1970.
Mario and his family continued on with the fishing part of the business at
Shelter Cove by developing a small commercial salmon fishing industry there as
he openned a fish buying company in 1970. And in 1980 , Mario made an
emotional return trip to the Philippines with his wife, Shirley, and his
teenage daughters, Toni and Gina, to see the island of Bataan and the places
where his was a prisoner for three years. Mario continued to run his fishing
business at Shelter Cove until his death in 1998 at the age of 83.
[H200] Mary and Jenny were sisters
[H1862] Witness to wedding: Don Francesco Cantelli and Don Michaelangelo Parcado
[H1863] A review of Our Lady of Pompeii Church (Milaukee, WI) records show that Angela and Stefano may have remarried in April, 1913.
[H207] Godparents: Antonino Balistreri and Rosa Bellanti
[H208] Andrea and his wife Maria, arrived at the port of New York on October 3, 1897 on the ship "EMS".
At the age of 15, Antonio sailed from the port of Naples on the ship "Werra" and landed in New York May 26, 1898. He proceeded on to Boston, MA to join his father Francesco. During the summer he worked as a fisherman and sold oranges and limes to ships sailing out of the port of Boston in the winter. Both he and his father worked and accumulated enough funds to bring the rest of the family over. On January 8, 1899 Pietra (mother, age 41) and children; Vincenza age 17; Gaetano age 11; Giuseppina age 9 and Rosa age 7 arrived on the ship Britannia. Antonio was naturalized as a citizen December 4, 1911.
He was commonly referred to as "Tony" of "Capitano Tony". Tony and his brother Gaetano, who was also known as "Jack" worked side by side and eventually opened up their own fish processing facility, "T & J Busalacchi & Sons, Inc." in Boston approximately in 1919. In the early 1920s they opened a fish trapping business (Weirs) on Cape Cod. From April to June they set their traps off Truro, Mass. From June to October they operated a fish house on Herring River, Harwich, Mass and one at West Dennis Beach, West Dennis, Mass.
They purchased a WWI Mine Sweeper during this period and converted it to a fish dragger. She was names "Alert" and ultimate sank off of Block Island, New York. In 1920, they had a 93 foot fishing trawler build, the "Rita B." which carried a crew of 17.
Tony retired as Corporation President about 1944.
"Tony" and "Jack" donated land to the town of Dennis, Mass. which gave public access to West Dennis Beach. A memorial dedicated to "Capt. Tony" and "Jack" is located in the parking lot of West Dennis Beach.
[H211] Giuseppa arrived at the port of New York on June 11, 1900 on the ship S.S. Nuestria.
[H212] Vincenzina died giving birth to Thomas.
Gaetano (aka Tom) Busalacchi was born in Sant Elia, Sicily on April 27, 1887 and died in Rome, Italy in 1967. He is better known for his portraits and landscapes in oil and pastel, but Busalacchi was also an accomplished sculptor and teacher. At age eleven, he arrived at the Port of New York with his parents and then they settled in Milwaukee, WI. In 1915 he was living at 922 Oakland Avenue in Milwaukee.
Busalacchi studied in Florence, Italy for three years under 20th century Mexican artist Professor Alberto Torres Fuster; in Milwaukee at the Wisconsin School of Art under Alexander Mueller (1872-1935); and portraiture in Rome, Italy with Professor Mancini (possibly Antonio, 1852-1930) who, in 1915, was considered the greatest living portrait painter.
According to Janet Treacy's "A Place In History", an article on the web site of the West Bend Art Museum, Gaetano Busalacchi participated in the first exhibit of Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors (WP&S) held at the Milwaukee Art Society in March of1914 but, in the 1915 edition of Who's Who in American Art, he took the first place prize at the Milwaukee Art Institute for the Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors in 1912. He also exhibited at the Academy of Art in Florence; the Art Institute of Chicago in 1914; the National Academy in New York City; and the Art Institute of St. Paul in Minnesota.
Several of Busalacchi's paintings are on display at the Italian Cultural Center in Milwaukee, WI. An Impressionistic oil portrait of his father, Andrea Busalacchi (1843-1922), painted between 1917 and 1920 in the back yard of 3302 North Oakland Avenue in Milwaukee, has remained in the family collection. A portrait of Gaetano by fellow WP&S exhibiter can be seen on the West Bend Art Museum web site.
References: Who Was Who in American Art, 1999, page 52; Who's Who in American Art, 1915, page 241; Davenport's Art Reference 2003/2004, page 330; Mallett, 1948 Supplement, page 41; Janet Treacy, "A Place in History", West Bent Art Museum, WI; Bellanti Family Genealogy; and the Busalacchi Family Genealogy (from Carmella Crosbie).
Peter Kostoulakos, AOA, NEAA ? Fine Art Consultant
[H214] Stefano and his brothers owned and operated a macaroni factory in Milwaukee's Third Ward.
[H215] Godparents: Francesco Crivello and Anna Zizzo
[H216] Godparents: Giovanni Libligardo and Maria Domenica
[H217] Godparents: Giovanni and Vincenza Sibrigante
[H218] Godparents: Gaetano Balistreri and Giuseppa Busalacchi
[H219] Godparents: Rev. D. Leone and Gioachina Leone
[H220] Died the same day as her husband during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H221] Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
Andrea or "Andrew" as he was known as was born in the North End of Boston, Mass. He was delivered by a mid-wife. He attended various school's in the Boston area and after graduating from Boston English High School in Boston, Mass. in 1939, he went to work at the Boston Fish Pier. On February 24, 1942 he enlisted in the U. S. Army and served with the 705th Tank Destroyer Bn.; 7th Tank Destroyer Group and the 607th Tank Destroyer Bn.. He ultimately achieved the rank of Sergent Major. On December 26, 1944 he was wounded in the Town of Libramont, Belgium and received the Purple Heart. He received 5 battle stars for participation in the Battles of: Normandy (includes Brest); Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge); and central Europe. Was cited with the award of the Croix do Guerre, w/bronze star from the French Government. After discharge from the service he was employed by the Boston Fire Dept and from there he was employed by the Federal government from which he retired in 1976. After retirement he worked for one year as dispatcher for the Saugus Fire Dept.
[H224] Served U. S. Navy - WWII - Asiatic/Pacific
[H225] Served U. S. Navy - Viet Nam - U.S.S. Jouett
Francesco sent for his family to come to America during WW I. They came steerage class via Messina, Genoa and then to Ellis Island. Aunt Angie told of drills for abandoning ship because of the German U-Boat scare. They were detained on Ellis Island for 5 days waiting for money from Francesco who at the time was in Milwaukee, WI. He had been ill and unable to send the money earlier.
Mary Colla Reinhardt - Granddaughter
[H231] The name in all the old records was spelled Balistreri.
[H233] This particular branch of Busalacchi's were referred to as "Buscarini"
[H234] Was a mailman in Sant' Elia. Delivered mail by boat.
"Papa Joe" Busalacchi began his career in the San Diego seafood industry in about 1923 by fishing in a 35 foot commercial boat. Eventually he would own a wholesale seafood and frozen food distribution center in San Diego, CA. In 1962 he would join his four sons in founding "Sportsmen's Seafoods", which evolved from a tuna cannery into a restaurant and fish market. An Italian immigrant from Palermo (Sant' Elia) Sicily, Giuseppe landed on Ellis Island in New York in 1918. After working on Railroads in Pittsburgh, he moved to San Francisco, where a fishing industry was beginning to thrive on the strength of a burgeoning immigrant population. In March 1921, he moved to San Diego and worked as a commercial fisherman out of San Diego Bay, applying some of the seafood savvy he developed as a fisherman's son in Sicily. He also sold fish from a cart on the streets of downtown San Diego and packed fresh catches in boxes for distribution to butcher shops, restaurants and back country homes. He later joined "Union Fish Company" and bought the controlling interest in the late 1950's. The fish wholesale business evolved into "Morena Cold Storage" a center for commercial seafood that distributed frozen food throughout Southern California. Before coming to the United States, he was drafted into the Italian navy, in which he served two years. He became a U. S. citizen in 1924.
[H236] Thomas ran "Sportsman Seafoods", a family owned business in San Diego, most of his life. He was the major stockholder at the time of his death at age 63.
[H237] Name was changed to TAORMINO when the family arrived in America
[H238] Norma Frances Hurley was born October 21, 1930 in Stockton, CA and died Friday, December 1, 2006 in the home in which she was born. Norma Hurley was a life-long Stocktonian who began her professional career as a clerk at Stockton High School. She went on to work for San Joaquin Delta College as Receiving Supervisor for 15 years, before becoming a real estate agent in 1975. She became a broker and held CRS and GRI designations. She established her own agency, Norma Hurley Real Estate, in 1987 and taught real estate courses at Delta College for many years. Norma was a member of the National Board of Realtors, the California Real Estate Education Association and the Stockton Chamber of Commerce. Norma was blessed with a beautiful voice and shared it as a member of St. Luke's choir for over 30 years, in nursing homes as a member of Sunflower, and at countless weddings, funerals and other venues. Norma was also interested in genealogy. Norma was a member of P.O.I.N.T. (Putting Our Italian Names Together) and spent many happy hours communicating online with members of the Busalacchi clan throughout the country. Norma loved her constant companions, dogs, Sparky and Sophie. She is survived by her children, Mary Elizabeth Hurley, David Edward Hurley, Teresa Frances Hurley (Charles Cardwell), Margaret Mary Hurley and Catherine Ann Barnes (Ronald); grandmother of Ruby Lee Bengston, Nicola Yvette Hughes (Matthew Wood), Lisa Marie Smith, Sara Nicole Hurley, Matthew Francis Hurley; great-grandmother of Alexander Edward Hurley.
[H239] Donald changed his name when he was adopted by his step-father.
Death Certificate list birth date as: May 31, 1906. However, headstone lists birth date as: March 3, 1906.
58 years in USA. @1907?
[H242] Raymond is the natural offspring of Raymond Mudd and Ann Novello. He legally changed his name from Mudd to Spencer.
[H243] Birth records are in name of Galioto.
The witness'/godparents to Rosalia's Christening were:
Antonino Tarantino age 50 - Pescatore
Santo Galioto age 50 - Pescatore
[H245] Godparents: Giovanni and Vincenza Bellanti
[H246] In the latter part of 1912, Giovanni accompanied his parents on a trip to Sant' Elia, Sicily. It was during this visit,1913, that Giovanni married Maria Camarda after which they returned to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where they made their home.
Godparents: Gaetano Tarantino and Rosa D'Amato
[H249] Antoinette died in an automobile accident in Indiana.
Born on Easter Sunday - hence her Christened name of Pasqualina
Nick D'Amato knew that, when you come at people with sharp objects all day, you'd better have a good sense of humor and a gentle disposition.
D'Amato died Thursday at Froedtert Hospital after a long illness. He was 87.
"My dad was such a gentle person," said his son, Joe D'Amato. "He cared about people so much, and they knew it."
Captains of industry and media hotshots were frequent customers at D'Amato's Shorewood tonsorial parlor, known simply as Nick's Barber Shop. So were the Regular Joes of the world and their sons and their sons' sons. D'Amato engendered such loyalty that it was not unusual for him to cut hair for four or even five generations of the same family.
D'Amato cut his first head of hair when he was 10 years old as an apprentice for his uncle in Santelia, Italy, a town near Palermo.
He came to America in 1936, settling on Milwaukee's east side and, more specifically, next door to the Bellante family, including 12-year-old Virginia.
After a respectable amount of time, Virginia and D'Amato began to date. They married in December 1943, when Virginia was 19 years old.
"We loved each other from the day he moved in next door," she said.
D'Amato joined the Army in 1941 and served for four years. And you could say that he escaped foreign duty by a hair. He worked as a medic and cut hair on a base in Kansas.
"All the top brass loved his haircuts so much that, every time he was ready to be sent off, they would change his orders and keep him around," his son said.
When he returned to Milwaukee, D'Amato worked cutting hair at Balzano's on Ogden Ave. In the 1960s, he set up his own shop in Shorewood on Oakland Ave.
He moved around the corner on E. Capitol Drive in the early 1970s after buying the building across from Shorewood High School's football field.
Many of D'Amato's customers were more like family than business acquaintances, said Joe. On occasion, D'Amato would go visit his customers who were in the hospital or too ill to come to the shop.
"He would never think of taking pay for that," said Joe.
D'Amato reluctantly retired two years ago when his health began to fail.
"We gave him a party and everything, but my dad really missed working," said Joe D'Amato. "It was so much more than a job for him."
[H252] Godparents: Antonino Bellanti and Giuseppina Guardalabene
[H253] Godparents: Michael Cianciolo and Angela Rini
[H254] Godparents: Rev. D. Leone and Giachina Leone
[H255] Godparents: Giovanni and Maria Busalacchi
[H256] Godparents: Gaetano Balistreri and Lucrezia Corrao
Nellie had a sister legslly named Amelia. However she was called Nellie by her parents. On one of my grandparents' return trips to Pietrafitta, they took Dominic, Mose, Vienna and Amelia with them. During this visit, Amelia became very ill and died. She was about five years old. My Aunt Ann said that Amelia caught the illness from her grandmother, Tomasina Tarsitano, and they died within one week of each other.
When Nellie was born in Pietrafitta, my grandparents used Amelia's legal papers to bring her to the U.S. Nellie doesn't have a birth certificate of her own.
---Mary Ann Bellante Infantino
[H1864] Witness: Antonino Tarantino and Francesco Galioto
[H1865] "From 1860 until 1929, the Italian state (i.e. the Kingdom of Italy) did not recognize Catholic marriages. Although it is true that both ecclesiastical and civil marriages were performed for most spousal unions in certain parts of Italy (such as the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies) in the decades before 1860, the Kingdom of Italy refused to recognize ecclesiastical marriages altogether. This means that an act of birth from, for example, 1875, might refer to a child as the son of "an unwed mother" who in fact was married in church but not at the town hall. A formal act of recognition was made by the natural father before the local vital statistics registrar. "
[H265] Immigrated to America 1889. Was a Fish Dealer located at 455 Green Street, San Francisco, California.
[H267] Salvatore Martorana and Antonia loBlasio
[H268] Francesca and Francesco are twins
[H271] Godparents: Giuseppe and Anna Balestrieri
[H272] Sailed on the ship Dante Alighieri departing from Palermo, Sicily and arrived in the Port of New York on July 1, 1920. He was 14 years old at the time.
[H273] Antonino died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
Josephine was one of Milwaukee's formost Soprano's. In 1968 she honored her Uncle Gaetano Busalacchi, an internationally known artist, with a recital at the Charles Allis Art Library in Milwaukee.
Busalacchi let her voice shine on the national opera scene
She founded Milwaukee Musical Theater company
By AMY RABIDEAU SILVERS
Posted: Sept. 29, 2005
Josephine Busalacchi Rottman was not the typical 1950s housewife when she decided that she wanted to try singing. By singing, she meant opera.
So Busalacchi, as she became known professionally, began taking voice lessons. Then the mother of three daughters, she first did ironing in exchange for her private voice lessons.
She was good and soon no one cared if she did the ironing.
In 1957, Busalacchi became the first Metropolitan Opera Auditions regional winner from Wisconsin.
"She won the Chicagoland Music Festival, singing before 100,000 people at Soldier's Field," said her brother, Tony Busalacchi. It was a rare win for someone not from Illinois.
Other triumphs followed. The soprano made her local debut in the Florentine Opera Company's production of Verdi's "Il Trovatore" at the Pabst Theater.
She toured nationally with Boris Goldovsky's company, singing opposite Sherrill Milnes in "Tosca."
She even sang on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Busalacchi decided that, as supportive as her family was, she could not continue to pursue a national career that kept her away from Milwaukee. Instead, she continued to sing in the Midwest. In 1965, with her husband and brother, she launched the Milwaukee Opera Company, later known as the Milwaukee Musical Theater.Busalacchi, diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease a few years ago, died Thursday at the Lutheran Home. She was 79. She grew up in the Third Ward, where her father ran the Busalacchi Macaroni Co. "I can remember playing among the bags of semolina," she once said.
Busalacchi graduated from Lincoln High School and later married Richard Rottman. She loved her family but wanted something more, too. "Some women play bridge well and others can cook and sew," she said in one interview in 1957. "I wanted some means of expression, something I could do well (besides the dishes and the laundry) and so I tried to become a good singer."
Busalacchi later admitted that she was petrified as she began competing and performing in national circles. "I swallowed two lumps of sugar for energy and then prayed to God," she said, following the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in Minneapolis. "And I had never been on an airplane before I flew out here to New York," Busalacchi said of the trip that followed. Professionally, she was known only by her maiden name, her brother said. "Her rationale was that her voice was Busalacchi - not Rottman - and besides, if you're going to sing opera, an Italian name goes farther than a German one," he said.
Believing that a company was needed to give local singers the chance to develop, they began the Milwaukee Opera Company. "It lasted for 30 years," Tony said. The company did a variety of performances, also bringing the likes of "Hansel and Gretel" into local schools.
Busalacchi handled much of the production and direction. Although she was not in every production, the company's name really became synonymous with her own. "Josephine could be a diva, but she would do anything for you," said Jeffrey Olson, now costume shop manager with the Skylight Opera Theatre. "There were many, many young singers who would have never had any kind of career, but for her," he said. Busalacchi's husband, a Miller Brewery worker, provided more than just moral support. "Whenever the opera company was in a pinch, he wrote a check," Tony said. Richard Rottman died in 1996. In 1998, the Civic Music Association named Josephine Busalacchi its Distinguished Citizen. Music remained her refuge. "They were still playing operas for her at the Lutheran Home," her brother said, adding the music she loved seemed to ease the symptoms of her Alzheimer's disease. In addition to her brother, survivors include daughters Susan Talakowski, Mary Rottman, Barbara Schwoegler and Patricia Noll; sister Mary Magestro; grandchildren and reat-grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. Saturday, until the funeral service at 2 p.m. Both will be held at St. Robert's Catholic Church, at E. Capitol Drive and N. Farwell Ave., Shorewood.
[H278] Gaetano and family first came to America in 1908 but returned to Sant' Elia for the remainder of their lives.
[H279] Godparents: Francesco Machi and Giovanna Balistreri
[H1866] Salvatore married his niece. She was the daughter of Francesco's brother Carlo.
The witness'/godfathers to Giuseppe's Christening were:
Giuseppe Crivallo age 50 - Pescatore
Pietro Sanfilippo age 32 - Pescatore
Giuseppe left Sicily ( and his family) in early 1894, boarded a freighter in Palermo, Sicily and arrived, a couple of weeks later, in New Orleans, Louisianna. He worked on a sugar plantation for about six months and left for San Francisco, California. In Sicily, Giuseppe was a steward in the Italian Merchant Marine. When he arrived in San Francisco he was given an opportunity to work as a commercial fisherman. He refused, not wanting to pursue a seafaring job, similar to what he left in Sicily. From San Francisco, Giuseppe headed for Colorado. In Denver, he was employed by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad. He often related to his grandchildren, how he was paid in gold coins on this job. While Giuseppe was employed by the "Denver and Rio Grande", he heard that work was plentiful in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and quit his job on the railroad. When he arrived in Milwaukee, he took employment with the City Sanitation Department. He worked for the City up until the time of his death in 1934. In the fall of 1898, Giuseppe asked for a leave of absence, returned to Sicily and brought back his wife and three children.
[H285] Birth records are in name of Galioto.
Ships Manifest reads: Elia Dentici ~ age 50 (in 1902) = born 1852 ~ male ~ occupation Sailor ~ destination Milwaukee, WI to his son Salvatore who lived at 278 or 248 Jackson Street.
He sailed alone from the Port of Naples on the ship Liguria and arrived in the Port of New York on April 2, 1902
[H287] Giovanni died of Cholera during the Plague of 1837
[H288] Godparents: Mariano Balistreri and Angela Savona
[H289] Was stillborn
[H290] Francesca probably died giving birth to Vincenza
[H293] Calogero or Carl as he was known, owned a fishing vessel on Fisherman's Wharf and earned his lively hood as a commercial fisherman. When WW II broke out, the United States Government confiscated his boat. After the war the Government gave Carlo the opportunity to repurchase his boat for $10,000.00, This never happened. Carlo found employment by working for other Companies.
[H294] Antonino and his wife arrived at Ellis Island on December 23, 1919 on the ship "Patria" with the first three of their twelve children.
[H298] Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H310] Family name was originally Genovese and was changed to Gemus in approximately 1928.
[H325] Godparents: Francesco Machi and Rosa DiFiore
Giuseppe was found on the door step of the Tarantino family in Sant' Elia. He was taken in and raised as though he was a natural son. In about 1911/12 Giuseppe traveled to Milwaukee where his siblings settled.
When World War I came into call, Giuseppe left Milwaukee in 1914 and returned to Sant' Elia to join the Italian Navy. He served for 4 years.
After his family objecting to a former woman, a marriage was arranged with Stefana Alioto in 1920. They had their first son in Sicily but he died as a small child of an unknown cause.
In about 1921/22 Giuseppe and his family traveled back to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and rejoined the family. In 1925, just after the birth of Francesca, the family of three moved to San Francisco, California so that Giuseppe could use his skills as a fisherman.
[H332] Died as a young child in Sicily. Cause of death unknown.
[H334] Rosa died at the age of 6 months. Cause of death, Hepatitis
Witness/Godparents at Giuseppe's Christening were:
Filippo Busalacchi age 39 - Pescatore
Pietro Tarantino age 40 - Pescatore
Died of Cholera during the Plague of 1837
[H337] Died of Cholera during the plague of 1837
[H338] Angela died of Cholera during the Plague of 1837
[H347] Antonino was a cousin to his two brothers-in-law Antonino and Salvatore
[H348] Salvatore married his niece Rosa Billante.
[H349] Was mid-wife for the birth of her niece Maria (Mary) Balistreri
[H350] Godparents: Joseph Dentici and Maria Sanicola
[H351] Godparents: Rosario Martarano and Maria D'Amico
[H353] Filippa died the same day as her father and brother Stefano of Cholera during the plague of 1837
[H354] Stefano died the same day as his father and sister Filippa of Cholera during the plague of 1837
[H357] Mariano died of Cholera during the Plague of 1837
[H358] Godparents: Michaelangelo diNatale and Nunzia Billante
[H360] Godparents: Francesco Raccuglia and Maria D'Amato
[H361] Died of complications of Chicken Pox or Measles at the age of 19 years.
[H362] Adopted Child
[H363] Died in 1837, the year of the Cholera Plague.
[H364] Kathleen and all of her children died in a tragic house fire.
[H365] Francesco died the day befor his mother of Cholera during the Plague of 1837
[H366] Died of Cholera during the Plague of 1837
[H367] Angela died on the same day as her mother of Cholera during the Plague of 1837
[H369] Died during the year of the Cholera Plague, 1837.
[H370] Rosa (Rosalia) died of Cholera during the Plague of 1837.
[H371] Rosalia came to America in 1918 with her mother, two sisters and brother.
Pietro entered the United States through the port of New Orleans under the alias of "Tony Marino". He came to America prior to his wife and oldest son Salvatore.
Shortly after the family arrived they settled in Milwaukee's 3rd ward. Later they bought a home in what was then the 1st ward at 811 E. Pleasant Street across from the Cass Street playground.
He was employed by the Chicago-Northwestern Railroad Co.
[H373] Antonino was an adopted son of Pietro Cefalu and Maria Tagliavia. According to a notation on the baptsimal records the infant was taken from the St. Vincent Infant Asylum Milwaukee WI, Godparents: Matteo Canizzaro and Maria Tagliavia
[H374] Godparents: Rosario and Maria Mazza
[H375] Peter was a Policeman with the K-9 Corp of the Buffalo Police Department.
[H376] Godparents: Salvatore Orlando and Petrina
Died of Cholera during the Plague of 1837
[H379] Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H380] Reported to have married his niece
[H382] Died of Cholera during the Plague of 1837
[H384] According to Niece Angelina Alioto, Ninfa was known as "Theresa".
[H385] Listed as Galioto on the marriage certificate
Ships manifest reads:
Salvatore Dentici ~ age 26 (26 in 1903 = 1877) ~ Occupation Fisherman ~ last residence Santa Flavia ~ Destination Milwaukee to his father Elia Dentici.
Giovanna Dentici ~ age 21 ( 21 in 1903 = born 1882 ~ Occupation Home woman ~ last residence Santa Flavia ~ Destination listed the same as for Salvatore.
They sailed on the ship Sicilia from the Port of Napoli and arrived in the Port of New York on March 11, 1903.
In son Giuseppe's wedding Promissa, and his birth certificate Francesco was listed as Giuseppe. In his death certificate he is listed as Francesco. In all documents Antonina Alioto/Galioto is mentioned as spouse. It is assumed that Giuseppe and Francesco are one and the same person.
Francesco died of Cholera during the Plague of 1837
[H389] In his birth certificate, Salvadore is listed as Galioto rather than Alioto. Checking the records of his siblings, it is found that the names of Alioto, Galioto and Arioto are used interchangeably.
[H390] Died on the same day as his wife during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H391] Died of Cholera during the Plague of 1837
[H392] Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837.
[H393] According to the Atto di Matrimoni, Michele was a widower at the time of his marriage to Maria.
[H394] Cosimo and Damiano are twins
[H1869] Mariano and Anna remarried at Our Lady of Pompeii Church in Milwaukee, WI on Jan. 28, 1902
[H395] Children Anthony, Mary and Providence are Domenico's by a prior marriage
[H398] Mary became a Nun
[H399] Vita and her husband died one day apart during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H400] Godparents: Giuseppe and Giuseppa Busalacchi
[H401] Both Frank and his wife Antoinette died within a few days of each other as the result of an auto accident in Florida where they were both living.
[H402] Godparents: Salvatore SanFilippo and Maria Armano
[H403] The Martorana name changed when the family came to the USA. Carmelo's children took the spelling of Martarano.
The name in subsequent generations changed to Martarano
[H405] Godparents: Salvatore Busalacchi and Pasqua Cefalu
[H407] Godparents: Matthew Tomasello and Stephana Balestrieri
[H408] Godparents: Joseph Tarantino and Rosalia Pizzo
[H409] Died of Cholera during the Plague of 1837.
Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H412] Marriage records lists her as Teresa Balistreri. Birth records list her as Lucrezia.
[H413] Current records indicate the name was spelled Balestreri.
[H414] Died the same day as his parents during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H415] Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H416] Arrived at Ellis Island with her first two children Anna and Antonina on June 13, 1913.
[H417] Godparents: ? and Pasqua Cefalu
[H418] She is the owner operator of "Sally's" a restaurant in the Shorecrest Hotel in Milwaukee, WI
[H420] Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H421] Died of Cholera three days after her father during the Plague of 1837
[H422] Died in 1837, the year of the Cholera Plague.
[H423] Giuseppe and Maria were widower and widow at the time of their marriage.
[H424] Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H425] Both Girolamo and his wife Concetta died on the same day during the terrible Cholera Plague of 1837.
[H428] Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H429] Angelo was a widower at the time of his marriage to Angela
Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
Died of Cholera during the plague of 1837
[H432] Died three days before her father during the Cholera Plague of 1837
Died of Cholera during the plague of 1837.
[H434] Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H435] Died of Cholera during the plague of 1837
[H436] Godparents: John Novara and Anna SanFilippo
[H437] Came to America in 1905 from Sant' Elia. Worked and saved to bring the rest of the family. The Colla family moved in haste to Houston, Texas after the Mafia attempted to extort money from Pietro. Entire families of Colla's left for a few months. Once in Texas the families considered moving to California although they all eventually returned to Milwaukee.
Caterina lived to be 102 years of age.
[H439] Rosaria had a grocery store on Huron Street in Milwaukee. She used to make fresh bread and sell it.
[H440] During WWII because Antonino was still an alien, he was about to be sent to an internment camp. When he appeared before the judge, the judge recognized him and asked "what are you doing here?" Antonino replied "I'm a threat, keep me in jail but bring back my boys from the service". Needless to say, he was released and shortly became a naturalized citizen.
Was hit by an automobile and killed.
Twin of Angela, died at birth
[H443] Godparents: Francesco Terretta and Angela Bellanti Guardalabene
[H444] Godparents at Baptism - Salvatore Corona and Maria Fritatta
[H445] Godparents: Salvatore Pizzo and Angela Gaglione
[H446] Godparents: Antonino Cabria & Vincenza D'Amico
Died of a heart attack at a friends home in Clearwater, Florida
After the death of his wife Rosa and all his children were grown, Sebastiano returned to Porticello and remarried. He took Rosa's sister, Maria as his second wife.
[H450] Godparents: Carmelo and Doorotea D'Amato.
[H451] Died during the Cholera plague of 1837.
[H452] Godparents: Frank and Giuseppa Alioto
[H453] Gaetano and his wife Rosa were Godparents of Pietro Brasile
[H455] Mariano liked to gamble and play the numbers in hopes of striking it rich.
[H456] Maria ran a tavern in Sant' Elia. She often would sew momey in the hem of her skirts to hide it from her husband.
[H457] Opened first fish market in 1927 on Van Buren Street, Milwaukee, WI. It was moved to 915 E. Brady Street in 1934.
Obituary - San Francisco Chronicle
"TARANTINO, Catherine D. - At rest, March 15, 1999. Beloved wife of the late Angelo Tarantino, loving mother of Santo and Tom Tarantino......sister of Peter Balisteri, Sara Rizzo and Rose Alioto...age 85..."
[H459] Godparents: Salvatore Amato and Pasqua Cefalu.
[H460] Godparents: Gaetano Balistreri and Maria Colla
[H461] Godparents: Pietro and Sara Colla
[H470] Died in 1837, the year of the Cholera Plague.
[H471] Died of Cholera during the Plague of 1837
[H472] Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H473] Died the same day as her husband during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H474] Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H476] Birth records of son shows mother as Angela Machi. The wedding records list her as Agata.
[H481] Maria and her husband Antonino died on the same day of Cholera during the Plague of 1837
Atto di Nascita shows the name as Francesco Gaetano Balistreri
Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H484] Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H485] Died of Cholera during the plague of 1837.
[H486] The Atto di Nascita shows the name of Giuseppe Pietro Balistreri
[H487] Died the same day as her mother and one day before her husband during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H488] Giovanni came to America, and arrived in the port of NY from the port in Palermo, on May 4, 1927. He sailed with his brother Natale.
[H490] Pietro was a widower at the time he marries Rosalia
[H492] Godparents: Nunzio Maniaci and Rosa Mercurio
[H493] Died two days after her husband during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H495] Giuseppe was christened Galioto, but after he arrived in Milwaukee, WI he took the name of Joseph Alioto.
[H497] Died in 1837, the year of the Cholera Plague.
[H498] LoBue and LoVoi phonetically sound the same. It is assumed that Vincenza LoVoi and Vincenza LoBue are one and the same person.
[H500] Godparents: Giovanni Tarantino and Anna Maria Crivello
[H502] Godparents: Giovanni Machi and Caterina Pizzo
Salvatore was the founder of a produce business that evolved to one of Milwaukee's most respected grocery business. The business is operated under the name of "Sendik's Fruit Markets". In 1891, when Salvatore arrived in Milwaukee, he bought a stove and the merchant asked for his name. Salvatore misunderstood thinking the merchant asked how he wanted to take possession of the stove. He answered "send it!" The merchant wrote down the name as "Sendik" and the name has been used ever since. In 1945 the family established in court that the name was really Balistreri. There was considerable confusion in legal documents and other papers, but the family has continued to use the name "Sendik" for business purposes.
Salvatore became a naturalized citizen 1900 in Milwaukee, WI
[H504] Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H508] According to immigration records Pietro arrived in the Port of New York on Aug. 12, 1903. He was 8 years old and sailed from the Port of Palermo on the ship the "Sicilian Prince". According to the handwritten ships manifest, he sailed with his mother, Rosa Orlando age 42, and siblings Giovanna age 13 (1890), Salvatore age 18 (1885). Also grouped with the family were Pietro's Aunt Giuseppa Orlando age 48 (1855) and her children, Pietro's cousins, Maria Balistreri age 12 (1891) and Salvatore age 9 (1894).
Calogero came to the USA on the ship "Sicilian Prince" leaving the Port of Palermo and arriving in the Port Of New York on 24 Dec 1903 at age of 12 years old. His passage was paid by father Pietro who was living in San Francisco at that time. Calogero was on his way to Pietro. Calogero listed as a Mariner and apparently was saailing with a Francesco Campo age 34 (born 1869) who was from Marritimo, Sicily on his way to San Francisco to his brother-in-law Emmanuele Sardina.
After the death of his Uncle Salvatore Balistreri, Carlo (Calogero) took responsibility of raising Salvatore's children and married widow Giovanna Alioto.
[H511] The San Francisco Chronical Headline on April 16, 1916 read "Two Dead and Two Hurt in Bay Battle". Salvatore was shot and killed by a Fish and Game Officer after a melee involving Salvatore, his nephew Carlo (Calogero), brother Anton (Antonino) and other fishermen. One of two Fish and Game Deputees was also killed.
[H514] In 1940 Ross purchased an 82' fishing vessel that had a beam of 11 1/2' named "California Star". He had a crew of 11 men and at the age of 21, had the unique distinction of being the youngest skipper in Monterey Bay. He fished the coast of California, mainly for sardines until 1942 when he was drafted into service during WWII.
[H516] Godparents: Giuseppe and Giacoma Mammama
[H518] Godparents: Giuseppe and Caterina d'Acquisto
[H520] Died of Cholera during the Plague of 1837
[H521] Died of Cholera during the plague of 1837.
[H522] Died of Cholera during the Plague of 1837
Died of Cholera during the Plague of 1837
[H525] Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H526] Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H527] Died of Cholera during the plague of 1837
[H528] Died one day apart from her husband during the Cholera Plague of 1837Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H529] Godparents: Sebastiano Tarantino and Rosa Balistreri
The ship?s manifest reads:
Rosalia Tarantino age 46 in 1904 = born in abt 1858. She sailed with her son Francesco who was age 9 in 1904 = born abt. 1895 . They sailed on the ship Umbria from the Port of Palermo, Sicily and arrived in the Port of New York on April 13, 1904 . Their ultimate destination was listed as Brooklyn, NY to a daughter Caterina who was listed as living at 109 Harrison Street.
[H531] Godparents: Francesco and Rosa Galioto
[H532] Godparents: Don Vincenzo Colombo, Donna Antonia Colombo, Don Isidoro Susari and Raffaele Galici
[H533] Died during the Chlorea Plague of 1837
[H535] Godparents: Giovanni Battista and Caterina Tarantino
[H536] Gioachino was also known as "Banjo Jack".
[H537] Giuseppe arrived in the port of NY on July 25, 1913 sailing from Palermo, Sicily. He was listed as 20 yrs old and the records show that the next of kin in Sicily was his mother Maria Sorce. He sailed on the ship San Guglielmo.
Had Meningitis as an infant which left her unable to speak nor hear, hence she was called "La Muta".
In searching for the birth and death records, none were found in name of Antonina. This was unusual because all the records of her siblings were found. Her name as Antonina was entered on the strength that certain relatives said she did exist as Antonina.We were informed by a relative in Sant' Elia, a Pietro Tarantino, through F. Cristine Busalacchi that Antonina and Rosalia were one and the same person.
[H539] In the birth records of son Giuseppe Damato (b. 10/8/1895), the father was listed as Salvatore and in the records of son Pietro Damato (b. 10/15/1898 - d. 10/19/1898) the father was listed as Pietro. It is assumed that Salvatore and Pietro were one and the same person.
[H540] Listed as Sebastiana on the marriage record and as Stefana Maria on her birth record.
[H541] Ignazio, reportedly was a member of a pirate crew.
[H542] Was so distraught over the death of his granddaughter, Mary Ann (Son Salvatore's daughter) that he committed suicide by jumping off the Holton Street Bridge in Milwaukee.
[H543] Died during the Cholera Plague that ravaged Sicily at that time.
[H544] Salvatore at the age of 19, worked as a laborer, applied for naturilation. He had a dark complexion, was 5 foot 6 inches tall, weighing 134 lbs and had brown eyes and hair.
[H545] died at birth
[H547] Godparents: Giovanni and Caterina Pagano
[H548] Lucrezia died of Cholera during the Plague of 1837
[H550] Godparents: Nicolo Alberti and Regina Galati
[H551] In Italy, Maria owned a wholesale house and often lent money.
[H552] Antonino worked unloading coal boats at the Port of Milwaukee. He worked his way up to Supervisor.
[H553] Francesco served between 30 and 40 years in the Italian Merchant Marine and received a pension from the Italian Government at his retirement. He was a happy man and loved children. He would often sit and whittle little boats for children and tell them stories about the sea.
[H554] Godparents: Antonio Marconi and Angela Busalacchi. Tess and her husband were godparents of Michael Baistreri
[H555] Godparents: Antonino Alioto and Nunzia Alioto
[H556] The records were not clear as to Maria's name Sparacino vs Speciale??
Married the Sebastiano Balistreri, widower of her sister Rosa.
[H559] In 1909 Wisconsin legislation required that midwives be licensed. That did not prevent any of the Italian midwives from continuing their practice. Pasqua Cefalu would have been one midwife threatened by the legislation since she did not have the formal training required under Wisconsin law. In addition she had already been practicing midwifery for thirty-two years and thus might also have considered retiring. However, at the age of fifty-two, Pasqua enrolled in the Wisconsin School of Midwifery. She graduated and received her Wisconsin license on 15 January 1910 and continued her practice for two more decades.
[H560] He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving as a Sergeant with the U.S. Army and was a member of the D.A.V. He was an Auto Air Technician by trade. Joe was an intelligent and caring person. He also had a Culinary Degree, training in Italy. Joseph was a "True Harley Man" and enjoyed his Harley's as well as a member of the Corvette Assoc.
Witness/Godparents at Giuseppe's christening were:
Filippo Busalacchi - age 36 - Pescatore
Pietro Tarantino - age 60 - Pesactore
[H562] Godparents: Pietro Balistreri and Teresa Corrao
Died of Cholera during the plague of 1837
[H564] Died of Cholera during the Plague of 1837
[H565] Godparents: cAntonino and Anna Flandina
[H567] Anna and her husband died on the same day during the Cholera Plague of 1837
Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H569] According to the family, Giuseppe died working in a coal mine.
[H570] Listed as Lorenzo on daughter Maria's wedding document and Stefano on her birth certificate.
[H571] Rosa died during the Cholera plague of 1837
[H572] Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H577] Godparents: Vincenzo Corrao and Anna M. Piraneo
[H578] Died in 1837, the year of the Cholera Plague.
[H579] Came tp America with his father on July 12, 1907 at the age of 9 years old.
[H580] According to Grand Nephew Michael Vincent Aliota, Uncle Joe, whose real name was Onofrio, was the first in the family to change the name from "Alioto" to "Aliota". He apparently owned many bars, clubs and restaurants in the Milwaukee area. There were several other Alioto's at that time that were in the same type of business. He once received tax lein papers in error that involved another Alioto. He changed his name and started using an "a" instead of an "o" at the end of his name to distinguish himself business-wise from all the others.
[H582] Godparents: Pietro Busalacchi and Rosa Saia
[H583] Godparents: Antonino Savona and Vincenza Arena
[H585] Godparents: Antonino and Vincenza Savona
[H587] Godparents: Giuseppe Amato and Francesca Busalacchi
[H588] Godparents: Pietro and Anna Tarantino
[H589] Godparents: Andrea Dentici and Margherita SanFilippo
[H590] Godparents: Giovanni and Francesca Busalacchi
[H591] Godparents: Stefano and Giuseppa Busalacchi
[H592] Godparents: Antonino Balistreri and Rosa Busalacchi
[H594] Godparents: Salvatore Martorana and Antonia laBrasca
[H596] Godparents: Filippo and Francesca Adelfio
Godparents: Francesco Morana and Elizabetta Balistreri
Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H598] Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H600] Godparents: Giovanni and Anna Billanti
[H602] Godparents: Lorenzo Busalacchi and Antonia Amato
[H603] Godparents: Francesco and Anna Alosi
[H604] Godparents: Pietro and Giuseppa Busalacchi
[H605] Godparents: Stefano Busalacchi and Maria Principato
[H606] Godparents: Antonino and Stefana Savona (siblings)
[H607] Godparents: Vincenzo Rini and Rosa Busalacchi
[H608] Godparents: Giovanni Busalacchi and Antonina d'Amato
[H609] Godparents: Giovanni and Rosa Billanti (siblings)
[H611] Godparents: Don Matteo Cantelli and Donna Antonina Filangeri
[H612] Godparents: Antonino Boscia and Caterina Giappo
[H614] Godparents: Michael and Diana D'Amore
Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
Followed a religious calling and entered the community of Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, Milwaukee, WI. She is known as Sr. Madonna.
As a teenager changed her name from Balistreri (Sendik) to Balestrieri to avoid mail mixups.
[H619] Followed a religious calling and was ordained a Priest. Died 15 moths after ordination.
[H620] Was born Sanicolla , adopted by Plumeri's.
[H623] Mothers name in Birth records appeared as Rosalia rather than Rosa
[H624] Godparents: Francesco Cantella and Giovanna Calabro
[H625] Francesco's name in the old records is interchangeable Alioto, Arioto and Galioto.
[H626] Died during the Chlorea Plague of 1837
Godparents: Gioachino Pasta and Gaetana Asciutto
Carmela died seven days after her second husband Lorenzo Crivello during the Cholera Plague of 1837.
[H628] Died the same day as her mother during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H629] Birth Certificate filed in name of Galioto
[H630] Anthony Alioto, a direct descendant, reports that he viewed a document that listed Giovanni Battista as Galeotto.
[H631] Birth Certificate filed in name of Alioto
[H632] Birth certificate filed in name of Alioto
[H633] Birth Certificate filed in name of Alioto
[H634] Birth Certificate filed in name of Alioto
[H635] Godparents: Lorenzo SanFilippo and Filippa Corrao
[H637] Godparents: Pietro Busalacchi and Rosalia Camarda. Was Christened DeLuca.
[H638] Godparents Nicolo D'Amato and Rosalia Camarda
[H639] Died during the Cholera Palgue of 1837
[H644] Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H645] Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
Ignazio Concetto was adopted by Paolo Gumina and Providenza Dentici. This was never a legal adoption, but Ignazio Concetto never knew until age 30 of his adoption
Paolo and Providenza Gumina had their first two children a girl named Angela and another girl named Nina. They wanted a boy so much that they decided to go to a near by orphanage to adopt. Paolo wanted an older boy who could help work the land. When getting to the orphanage and talking to the secretary they heard a baby crying constantly. They asked why and were told that they had no milk for this new born only sugar water. At that time there were no bottles so babies where feed by wet nurses. Providenza being a new mother, could not bear it so she picked him up and nursed him.
Upon checking to her delight this baby was a boy! Even though Paolo wanted an older boy he gave in to his wives pleas to keep this baby. This baby was, Concetto Consolazione who was then temporarily adopted, as his mother died during his birth. A man from the orphanage came by about a month later to tell the Gumina's that they could keep the baby as the child's father was so grief stricken over the death of his wife that he lost his senses and kept banging his head against the stone walls of his house and he died of his injuries.
Now the Guminas were instructed to come to the orphanage to sign the papers, this they never did and no one from the orphanage ever came back. The Guminas named this baby boy Ignazio Gumina after Paolo's father.
Paolo lived as Ignazio Gumina until he was drafted into the Italian Navy at the age of 30 and then for the first time because the proper paper work was never done, he found out that he was adopted and that his real name was Concetto Consolazione and that this is the name he would have to legally serve under for the next four years.
Years later we learned that Concetto had two natural older brothers whom where all adopted after their father death, Giovanni and Guiseppe. Because we have no history prior to the adoption and Guminas where Paolo "parents" the family line from this point follows the Gumina's.
We do know that there are other Consolazione's in New York, Chicago, and Rome. Grace Ellen Consolazione (Tilidetske) Concetto's great grand daughter went to Chicago for a high school class trip. On her trip she looked up Consolazione in the Chicago phone book and found one. Upon coming home Anne and Paolo Consolazione (her parents) called these Chicago Consolazione and found that this man's grandfather was adopted from the same orphanage in Sicily. We have loosely stayed in touch with these people over the years and have come to determine that the two boys adopted where brothers and that we are cousins to the Chicago Consolazione's.
Ignazio served in the Italian Navy for 4 years during WW I from the age of 30 to 34
Paolo (Paul) and his wife Anna took in Giacomo Pizzo and his children after the death of Giacomo's wife Caterina (Catherine) who was the sister of Anna.
He was also an expert model ship builder, building ships from his memories while in the Italian Navy during WW I.
In 1977 the family was honored when "Paul" was conferred the title of "Cavaliere dell Ordine di Vittoria Venuto", a Knight in the Italian Navy. A Celebration was held to commemorate the occasion in the Auditorium of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church where friends and family came from near and far to attend.
[H649] During the depression in the early 1930's Phil and Nina moved to California.
[H650] Died during the Chlorea Plague of 1837
[H652] Godparents: Domenico and Sofia Maglio
[H653] The Atti di Nascita names Antonina as Galioto.
[H654] Died in 1837, the year of the Cholera Plague.
[H655] Birth records were in name of Galioto.
[H656] Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H659] Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837 that ravaged Sicily at that time.
[H661] Birth Certificae lists name as Pietro Francesco Balistreri
[H662] Died during the Cholera Palgue of 1837
[H663] Died within days of her parents during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H664] Died the same day as her brother, Antonino, during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H666] Died the same day as her sister Maria during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H668] Godparents: Michael Coco and Antonina Longo
Godparents: Bonaventuro Spadaro and Pasqua Cefalu
In the Census of 1930 Casper (Gaspare) was listed as living with his Uncle Joe (Giuseppe) Aliotti and "Rosie" Rose Tarantinoat 278 Pacific in Monterey, CA . Casper was 18 yrs old at the time.
Exerpt of Artical from Monterey Times - Nov. 14, 2008
"In those good old days the harbor was alive with activity, boats coming and going with whistles and horns. The boats were mostly working boats, supplying the canneries with sardines. The purse seiners were the most beautiful things afloat, or so it seemed at the time. Tom Aliotti owned and captained the California Star, strictly a sardine boat, in and out of Monterey. During the war?WWII? the Navy took it over as a patrol vessel in South America. After the war, Tom got the Star back, rebuilt and fished it for a couple of years, then sold it. It was part of a fleet destined for Formosa's fishing industry, but went down in a typhoon, all hands lost.
Tom, now 94, was the classic fisherman, working at one time or another from the Bering Sea to South America, cruised up and down the coast, but Monterey was home, between Fisherman's Wharf and Wharf No. 2. "
[H671] Godparents: Onofrio Galioto and Angela Busalacchi
[H672] Godparents: Salvatore and Francesca Sanfilippo
[H673] Godparents: Girolamo Cefalu and Anna LoCoco
[H674] Godparents: Pietro Balistreri and Theresa Pecoraro
[H675] Godparents: Vincenzo Corrago and Caterina Galioto
Godparents: Mariano Balistreri and Anna Maria Marino
Mariano died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H679] Godparents: Joseph and Maria Busalacchi. Was Christened SanFilippo.
[H680] Godparents: Pasqua Cefalu
[H681] Godparents: Baldassare Cefalu and Luisa Ritt----?
[H682] Godparents: Stefano and Antonia SanFilippo
[H683] Godparents: Stefano and Antonina SanFilippo
[H684] Godparents: Antonino Balistreri and Maria Alioto
Editorial: War on poverty was his life
From the Journal Sentinel
Posted: June 21, 2004
Fighting poverty wasn't a job for Tony Maggiore; it was his mission. He was second in command in the war on poverty here during its heyday, when the idea was to empower the poor to control their own destiny.
Maggiore, 68, died last week after a long illness. As associate director of the Social Development Commission from 1969 to '90, he was tireless in his search for ways to help the poor. Retired Milwaukee Urban League chief and former interim SDC head Wesley Scott recalls Maggiore combing the Congressional Record for new money to meet their needs.
He had a knack for articulating issues succinctly. But he didn't grab the spotlight. It shone much more on his boss, Don Sykes, than it did on Maggiore during his tenure at the SDC. But several anti-poverty programs here bore his stamp. His biggest victory was a low-income energy assistance program, which he developed and which became a national model. The hard part was getting Congress to finance it.
Even after retirement, Maggiore remained active in the field. He became an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's School of Social Welfare. He helped lead a meticulous research project on young people who kill, conducting many of the interviews himself in prisons. Maggiore's research helped to shine a rare light on the motives and other dynamics of homicides among the young.
Maggiore cared to the end. From his deathbed, he was making phone calls to a Journal Sentinel editorial writer and others about new developments on poverty. Maggiore has helped to cushion its ravages in Milwaukee, and he leaves behind a splendid example of service.
From the June 22, 2004, editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
[H694] Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H696] It appears that in Salvatore's wedding document to Anna Scardina, his mother name was listed as Maria Scardina instead of Maria (Anna) Principato.
[H701] Godparents: Antonino Storniolo and Francesca Mercurio Orlando
[H703] Giuseppe sailed on the ship "Belvedere" and arrived in the port of New York on Jan. 31, 1920. He was listed as age 26 years on the ships manifest. He was also listed as being born in Santa Flavia and lsted his father as Leonardo.
[H705] Godparents: Giovanni Pagano and Maria Principato
[H706] Godparents: Pietro Tarantijno and Giovanna Billante
[H707] Godparents: Giuseppe Cardullo and Flavia Lieco???
[H709] Godparents: Giuseppe SanFilippo and Stefana Savona
[H711] Godparents: Bartolomeo Giamporcaroand Caterina Garita
[H715] Godparents: Andrea Dentici and Vittoria Rizzo
[H716] Arrived in the U.S. 1907, presumably with family. The family stayed in Buffalo, New York for a while and then moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
[H718] Godparents: Sebastiano Busalacchi and Marianna Ciolino
[H719] Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837.
[H721] Godparents: Isidoro and Anna Maria Balistreri
[H722] Godparents: Ipolito and Maria Lucci
[H725] Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H726] Rosalia was widowed at the time she married Antonino.
Died during the Plague of 1837Died during th Cholera Plague of 1837
[H728] Antonino and two of his children, Filippa and Stefano all died on Sept. 22, 1837. All were victims of the Cholera epidemic that ravaged Sicily and southern Europe at that time.
[H730] Godparents: Isidoro Aiello and Amtonina Guardalabene
[H731] Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837.
[H732] Godparents: Antoninno SanFilippo and Diana D'Amore
[H734] Died during the peak of the Cholera Plague of 1837Died of Cholera during the Plague of 1837
[H736] Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H737] Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
Godparents: Joseph and Rosaria D'Amato
[H739] Birth Certificate filed in name of Galioto
[H742] Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837.
[H745] Godparents: Stefano SanFilippo and Angela Scardina
[H746] The Birth Certificate was filed in name of Alioto.
[H747] Francesco Busalacchi and his wife Maria took Frances in and it is not certain if they legally adopted her or not.
Godparents: Gaetano Alioto and Angela Balistrieri.
Tom was christened Gaetano Alioto. The name was changed in the 1940s when he married Bernice.
In 1901, Frank Reda, sponsored by his brother, Tony Reda, immigrated to the U.S. and went to Thomas, West VA. He worked in the coal mines for a short time and decided that coal mining was not for him. He started the first of his many dry goods and grocery stores.
Frank?s wife, Mary Sinardi Reda and their three sons remained in Italy until early 1905. After the family arrived, they moved to Thornton, West VA and started a grocery business and sold Mary?s homemade bread. Later the family moved to Durbin, West VA and Frank managed the Reda Cash Store ? ?Eat the Best at Reasonable Prices? for his brother, Tony, until 1922. During the next 13 years the family moved to the following four locations: Belle Vernon, PA, Detroit, MI, Neon, KY and East Rainelle, West VA.
In 1935, the Frank Reda family returned to Durbin, West VA and settled there. Frank took over the ownership of the Reda Cash Store from his brother, Tony. He operated it until the early 1960s when Frank?s health began to fail. Their daughter, Louise, continued operating the store until 1999.
- - - - -Granddaughter Carole Reda Kyle
[H753] Godparents: Francesco Balistreri and Caterina Molica
[H754] Godparents: Nicholas D'Amato and Stefana Balestrieri
The following obituary appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel August 8, 2004:
"Elizabeth was active in local theatre, Skylight on the Square and the late Fred Miller Theatre as well as the Bel Canto Chorus singing at festivals in Italy, for Pope Paul the VI in 1976 and at the University of Mexico. She is a member of the Red Arrow 32nd Division Ladies Auxiliary, the Ladies of Charity, the Cenacle Retreat House and the North Shore American Legion Auxiliary Post #331. She was an active member of Holy Family Parish in Whitefish Bay as well as Three Holy Women Parish in Milwaukee. Elizabeth truly enjoyed her work as an Avon Lady, which she did for 50 years. She was proud of her Italian Heritage and was a ray of sunshine to all those who knew her. Elizabeth was a gentle, deeply spiritual and loving person who will be dearly missed by her family and friends."
[H757] J was adopted
[H758] Served as 1ST Sgt US Army World War II and Korea
[H760] Petrina, or Patricia as she was known as, was modern thinking and the first "liberated" woman of the Colla family. She was very attractrive with many men interested in her. Her husband Salvatore's brother, Peter, wanted to marry her, but she was promised to Salvatore. Peter in despair, joined the U. S. Navy and died at the Great Lakes Training Center, Illinois during the influenza epidemic.
[H761] Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H762] Godparents: Stefano d'Acquisto and Vincenza Savona
[H764] Born out of wedlock
[H765] Census of 1764 and death record listed as Michele SanFilippo
[H770] Godparents: Joseph Balestrieri and Rosaria Corrao
[H771] Godparents: Salvatore and Carolina Papia
[H774] Godparents: Antonino Bellanti and Antonina Guardalabene
[H777] John was killed in action during WW II
[H778] Catholic Godparents: Joseph Bonpensieri and Francesca Crivello
[H779] Catholic Godparents: Nicolo SanFilippo and Francesca Crivello
[H780] Catholic Godparents: Giovanni Battista Tarantino and Giuseppa Piccione
[H781] Was listed as Carolina until the Baptsimal records of son Peter were viewed. She was listed as Calogera.
[H783] Godparents: Giuseppe and Rosaria D'Amato
[H786] Godparents: Gioachino and Carmela Pasta
[H794] Godparents: Antonino and Giuseppa Busalacchi
[H795] Godparents: Rosario Carini and Pasqua Cefalu
Godmother: Pasqua Cefalu
[H803] Came to America via New York with daughter Maddalena on 5/6/1904
[H804] Came to America via New York on 5/13/1903
[H807] Filippo arrived in the Port of New York on April 24, 1898 at the age of 15. He traveled with a cousin Antonino Vitrano age 25 on the ship "Trojan Prince" that departed from the Port of Napoli, Italy. Both were listed as sailors and were on their way to Buffalo, NY to a cousin Antonino Vitrano who at the time lived at 31 State Street in Buffalo.
[H808] Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H809] Godparents: Gaetano Balistreri and Rosalia Alioto
[H810] Godparents: Stefano Balistreri and Vincenza Tarantino
[H811] Godparents: Gaetano Machi and Stefana Tarantino
[H814] Godparents: Antonino Balistreri and Rosalia Tarantino
[H816] Godparents: Giovanni Battista DeLuca and Giuseppa Balistreri
[H818] Godparents: Joseph D'Amico and Aurelia Balistreri
[H819] Godparents: Antonino Balistreri and Maria Alioto
[H820] Godparents: Francesco LoCoco and Francesca Busalacchi
[H821] Godparents: Antonino Busalacchi and Vincenza Bellanti
[H823] Godparents: Joseph Alioto and Catherine Balistreri
[H827] Godparents: Pietro Greco and Rosaria Alioto
[H829] Godparents: Giovanni and Caterina Alioto
[H832] Godparents: Emanuele Principato and Elisa Rittland
[H833] Family legend tells that Francesco was born Alioto. While serving in the Italian Merchant Marine he was assigned to a ship where one of the Officers had the name of Francesco Alioto. To distinguish between the two our Francesco changed his name to Galioto.
[H836] Santa and her first husband, Giacomo, were first cousins.
[H838] Baptismal Church Records spelled the name Macchi. Godparents: Frank Busalacchi and Caterina Aliotto.
[H860] Godparents: Vincenzo Scardina and Rosa Bellanti
[H861] Teresa departed from the Port of Napoli and arrived in the Port of New York on August31, 1899 to join her husband Pietro Balistreri who was living at 1260 Van Buren St. in Milwaukee, WI at the time. She was listed as being 22 years old and married and sailed on the ship "Sempione". The ship's manifest also showed that she was accompanied by her brother-in-law, Giacomo whose last name was grossly misspelled as Balestriera. His destination was also 1260 Van Buren St., Milwaukee, WI
[H862] Godparents: Francesco and Oliva La Piana
[H864] Steven worked for the IRS and was an accountant for many years with a storefront on Brady Street in Milwaukee. He did the Taxes for the Italian community for many years
[H865] Godparents: Giuseppe Guttadavaro and Giuseppa Alioto
[H866] Was adopted
[H867] Godparents: Stefano and Antonia Balistreri
[H886] Godparents at Baptism Antonino DeLuca and Pasqua Cefalu
[H887] Was an artist. Worked with Linens. Embroidered and designed linens primarily for dowry's and church altar cloths. She often was commissioned to do work for the nobility of Sicily.
[H889] Adele was adopted by Domenico Sardina and Maria Billante as an infant.
[H890] Godparents: Giovanni Battista Guardalabene and Angelina Bellanti
[H895] John was a former Assistant State's Attorney for Cook County, then went on to private practice of law, where he was loved and revered by the many clients and families he has helped over the years. Past President of the West Suburban Bar Assoc., member of the Chicago Bar Assoc., Illinois State Bar and Justinian Society of Lawyers. Member of the Board of the National Italian Golf Tournament for Charities and charter member of the Societa di San Giuseppe.
[H896] Charles was also know as Vito.
[H899] Died of Cholera during the plague of 1837
[H903] Godparents: Antonino Mussomeli and Antonina Gagliano
[H907] Godparents: Antonino Tarantino and Ninfa Merana
[H908] Godparents: Antonino Tarantino and Maria Principato
[H909] Godparents: Giovanni Billanti and Concetta Tarantino
[H911] In the Latin birth records of children Rosa and Salvatore the Filiale di Bagheria, della Parrocchia Cattedrale di Palermo, Bagheria, Valli di Palermo, Sicilia listed Dorotea's name as Didaca
[H912] Was naturalized on April 13, 1943 in San Francisco, CA
[H913] Was also known as Carolina Cattolica. May have been adopted.
[H914] Marriage document spelled the surname as Alioto for both the groom and his father.
[H918] Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H920] Was executed "Mob" style.
[H921] Donna was as adopted child
[H923] Died by gun shot in a cab
Pizza Frank' was a force in city
Balistrieri played Italian weddings, owned restaurants
By LAWRENCE SUSSMAN
Posted: Sept. 23, 2007
Frank J. Balistrieri, remembered as "Pizza Frank," was well known in Milwaukee's Italian community for more than half a century as a musician, a pizza restaurant owner, an insurance salesman and an Italian novelty store owner, friends and his family said Sunday.
Frank Balistrieri played guitar for years with the Sicilian Serenaders. Balistrieri was well known in Milwaukee's Italian community.
Balistrieri died of stomach cancer at Columbia St. Mary's Hospice Saturday. He was 85.
As a guitarist with the Sicilian Serenaders since 1964, Balistrieri played at weddings in metropolitan Milwaukee and still had musical performances scheduled up until recently. The group in the 1960s also performed on weekends at Fazio's restaurant on Jackson St. and at Festa Italiana for many years.
In addition, Balistrieri had many contacts with people at his Italian novelty shop, named Italian Carretto, which he owned and operated near Humboldt Avenue and Brady St. from 1991 to 2006.
During the mid-1950s and early 1960s, Balistrieri owned two restaurants, named Balistrieri's Pizza, which were first located near N. 13th St. and W. Clybourn Ave. and later at N. 43rd and W. Vliet streets.
In the early 1950s, Balistrieri played guitar for the Jolly Polkats, which recorded several albums for Capitol Records and regularly played on then Milwaukee radio station WEX.
Balistrieri also sold insurance for the Mutual Service Insurance Co.
"To me, I always saw him as a people person and a true gentleman. He didn't have an enemy in the world," Balistrieri's son Peter said Sunday. "I have been influenced by his musical background, and I carry it on today with my group," the Sicilian Serenaders.
In addition to Peter, of Shorewood, Balistrieri is survived by his wife, Clara, of Shorewood, another son, Phillip of Wauwatosa, and a daughter, Kathy Butseh of Franklin. Other survivors include Balistrieri's two sisters, Rosemarie Rogowski of Milwaukee and Frances Beyersdorf of southern California, and a brother, Joseph of San Diego.
[H928] Godparents: Giovanni Battista and Giuseppa Guardalabene
[H929] Godmother: Rosina Sperantes
[H933] Godparents: Antonino and Maddalena Savona
[H934] Lived 18 months
[H935] Lived 1 year
[H936] Lived 6 months.
[H937] Cemetery Records are under name of Mary Alioto. Gravestone marker lists her as Girolama.
[H940] Ludovico lost his thumb in an accident. Because of this his family was known as "Mugnuni" meaning thumbless.
[H942] Godparents: Mariano LoJacono and Gaetana Balistreri
Vito's baptismal records were found in the registry of Our Lady of Pompeii Church giving the birth date of 6/12/1912. The family reports no knowledge of a Vito. They maintain that Charles, who reportedly has the same birth date, was also known as Vito. Based on these findings, the assumption has been made that Charles was christened Vito and that Charles and Vito were one and the same person.
Godparents: Nicholas Aliotti and Theresa Guttuso-Aliotti
[H945] According to Great-Granddaughter Chris Busalacchi, Calogero was a veteran and as such was awarded the job as caretaker of "Le Rovine di Solunto" - The Ruins of Solunto. This was a City built by the ancient Phoenicians around the middle of the IV Century B.C. It was built high on a mountain as a stronghold to protect the city of Panormus (present day Palermo). It overlooked the Village of Sant' Elia and the surrounding seas. These ruins were declared a national monument. He was also appointed as caretaker of "Le Rovine di Tindari" before his commission as caretaker of Solunto.
[H946] Ellis Island records show that Silvestri came to the USA twice.At the age of 34, he departed from the Port of Napoli on the ship "Lombardia" and arrived in the Port of New York onMay 22, 1902. The ships mainfest revealed that he was on his way to his brother Pietro, who at the time lived at 189 Detroit Street, Milwaukee WI. Later he sailed on the ship "Verona". This trip he departed from the Port of Palermo and arrived in New York on May 7, 1913. He was listed as being age 45, On both trips he was listed as married. On the first trip it appears that he sailed with his brothers Giovanni, Giovanni Battista and Stefano.
[H949] Twin of Peter
[H950] Antonina was Confirmation Sponsor to Angeline Alioto, mother of Marie Johnson.
[H951] Godparents: Antonino Balistreri and Rosalia D'Amato
[H952] Mayor of Santa Flavia
[H954] Godparents: Giovanni Giangrasso and Rosa Sperandeo
[H955] Became a Nun
[H957] Godparents: Antonino Tarantino and Rosalia Balistreri
[H958] Recognition was bestowed upon Peter Roccapalumba by the Italian Government . It was bestowed upon outstanding individuals who have distinguished themselves in their field of expertise during WWI. It is a very special knighthood and gives the recipient a titile which may be used before their name. Cavaliere! Peter was an ambulance driver during the war. The gold metal was a commerative which was given to them in 1968 for the 50th anniversary of the war and he finnally received his bronze cross in 1971.
[H959] Salvatore Balistreri and Maria Galioto were making the crossing to America. Maria was pregnant with her second child. She died aboard ship, possibly in childbirth. Both Maria and the baby were either buried in New York, NY or Boston, MA. Salvatore then moved to Milwaukee and remarrried shortly thereafter.
[H960] Because Francesco had a proud aire about him, his family was referred to as "I Bagiani" meaning proud.
[H961] Godparents: Pietro Tarantino and Giuseppa Bellante
[H962] Godparents: Giuseppe and Antonia Tarantino
[H963] Godparents: Antonio and Maria Alioto
Pete was a Physical Education teacher with Milwaukee Public schools for almost 35 years.
Pete enjoyed a wonderful football career, having been all conference 3 years at Pius High School, going on to Northwestern University with a football scholarship and being first round draft choice for the Houston Oilers in 1959.
Pete will be remembered for his "one liners" and great sense of humor and admired for his dedication to working out at the gym and keeping his vehicles spit shined.
[H968] After the death of Nicholas, widow Frances married his twin brother Angelo.
[H979] Godparents: Pietro and Francesca Dentice
Godparents: Angelo and Antonia Guttadamo a/k/a LaBrasca
Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H986] Godparents: Don Antonino Ardizzone (Priest) and Giovanna Cramis
Godparents: Francesco Machi and Giovanna Balistreri
In Andrew's obituary, it stated that he went to work at Shelter Cove after his father died in order to support his mother and sisters.
[H993] Godparents: Gaetano and Francesca Balistreri
[H994] Godparemts: Calogero Balestrieri and Providenza Marino
[H1000] The two Colla brothers, Mariano and Salvatore, ran a tavern together. Their generosity was greater than their profits and the tavern folded.
[H1023] Stefana's Birth Certificate noted that she was married to a Salvatore (a/k/a Pietro) Damato on July 9, 1907. Like many other couples they were probably married in Church prior to this date, but not with a civil ceremony. Since it appears that they immigrated some time around 1908, they probably were forced to remarry in a civil ceremony in 1907 before they were given permission to emigrate.
[H1025] Godparents were: Antonio Cefalu and Rosalia (nee Bellante) Cefalu
Godparents: Giuseppe and Mattea Vallone
From the Oct. 4, 2004, editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Guardalabene was devoted to preserving Milwaukee's Italian heritage
By DON BEHM
Posted: Oct. 3, 2004
Even as Guardalabene funeral homes in Milwaukee provided a gathering place for grieving Italian-American families for much of the 20th century, Anthony Guardalabene also worked to ensure the survival of their common heritage, his family and friends said.
After the heart of the old Third Ward was demolished for freeway construction, he organized reunions in the early 1970s for families that had lived there, said his son Paul.
The success of those gatherings inspired others to revive in 1978 the historic tradition of a street festival. They called the event Festa Italiana.
Dominic Frinzi, former festival chairman and former president of the Italian Community Center, recalled Anthony Guardalabene inviting former Third Ward residents to the reunions in an attempt to keep the old community alive though most of the families had moved elsewhere.
"Out of that came Festa," Frinzi said. "And Anthony was a prime mover."
Guardalabene died Friday of heart failure while hospitalized at Elmbrook Memorial Hospital, his son said. He was 85. He had been in poor health since suffering a stroke in 1995.
After graduating from Milwaukee's Lincoln High School in 1938, he attended a former private mortuary school in Milwaukee and became a funeral director in 1940. He promptly joined his father's business.
Giovanni Guardalabene had started a funeral home on Detroit St. in 1915 to serve the city's growing community of several thousand Italian-Americans.
The Guardalabene funeral service moved to Jackson St. in 1937, the same year that the founder gained a partner, Michael Amato.
Soon after Anthony Guardalabene started work there, however, World War II disrupted his career. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in a military hospital in Australia from 1942 to 1945. He married Almira Schaal in 1947.
Frinzi described his longtime friend as "a financial contributor to many charitable causes."
Anthony Guardalabene also was one of the founders of the Milwaukee chapter of UNICO.
The Italian-American service organization's title - Unity, Neighborliness, Integrity, Charity and Opportunity - summarizes its objective of helping people, according to Frinzi. The group raises funds for college scholarships and medical research.
Anthony Guardalabene also was active in the Pompeii Men's Club, another Italian-American service club that grew out of the demolition in 1967 of Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic Church on Jackson St. The building, commonly known as "the little pink church," was destroyed to make room of the construction of I-794.
As a member of the Italian Community Center, Anthony Guardalabene helped raise money for the memorial honoring Italian-American military veterans - first in the nation - which was erected at the center in 1996.
"He was very proud of serving the Italian community for so long," his son Paul said.
The funeral home was sold to Schmidt & Bartelt in 1979.
After that, Anthony Guardalabene visited Sicily and Italy twice in the 1980s. Giovanni Guardalabene came to America as a young man with his father, Vito, in 1898. The family moved from Porticello, near Palermo, Sicily.
Paul Guardalabene said his father left his family an invaluable gift. "His good name is the best thing he gave us," he said.
His father also taught his sons, by example, to be compassionate, he said.
Guardalabene is survived by his wife, Almira; three sons, John and Paul, both of the City of Pewaukee and Jim, of Brookfield; five grandchildren; a brother, Angelo, of Greenfield; and two sisters, Rose Lomedico of Hoffmann Estates, Ill., and Sandy Kuber of Florida.
Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 7:45 p.m. Monday at Schmidt & Bartelt Guardalabene & Amato Funeral and Cremation Service, 10121 W. North Ave. A prayer vigil will follow at 8 p.m.
Burial Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Rita's Catholic Church, 1601 N. Cass St.
The family suggests memorials to the MACC Fund or the American Stroke Association.
[H1047] Godparents: Jacobi Riccobono and Pasqua Cefalu
[H1063] Godparents: Joseph and Maria Busalacchi
[H1071] Godparents: Pietro Cefalu and Maria Tagliavia
[H1077] Godparents: Giovanni Battista Lo Galbo and Anna Sorce
[H1080] Godparents: Leonardo LaMento and Rosa DiFiore
[H1085] Godparents: Antonino Alioto and Filippa Corraro
[H1088] According to Great-Grandson Joe L. D'Acquisto, when it came time to leave Porticello for America, Giuseppe's wife refused to accompany him. Consequently, Giuseppe traveled alone and subsequently divorced his wife who was still in Porticello and married Maude in Milwaukee. Giuseppe lived at 8903 West Adler Street, Milwaukee at the time of his death. When he came to America the passenger manifesto indicated that he came to see his cousin, Mariano Deluca.
[H1089] Godparents: Stefano SanFilippo and Angela Scardina
[H1090] Frank and Catherine are twins
[H1101] Godparents: Sebastiano Colla and Providenza Balistreri
[H1103] Godparents: Augustino Cammarita and Augustina Mercurio
[H1106] Godparents: Carmelo Martorana and Rosa D'Amico
[H1110] Godparents: Giovanni SanFilippo and Paola Cefalu. Twin of Rosa.
[H1113] Godparents: Girolamo Balistreri and Anna Ger???
[H1115] Godparents: Francesco Carramusa and Vincenza SanFilippo
[H1117] Godparents: Joseph D'Amico and Rosa Balistreri
[H1122] Godparents: Benedetto DiSalvo and Antonina Balistreri
[H1124] Godparents: Antonino Fricano and Sebastiana LaTona
[H1128] Godparents: Rev. D. Leone and Gioachina Leone
[H1133] Godparents: Nicholas Alberti and Rosa Golati
[H1138] Godparents: Francesco Tarantino and Caterina Pizzo
[H1139] Godparents: Antonino Machi and Stefana Tarantino
[H1142] Godparents: Joseph Storniolo and Giuseppa SanFilippo
[H1148] Godparents: Ignazio D'Amico and Angela Pallatore
[H1150] Godparents: Gaetano and Gaetana Balistreri
[H1156] Godparents: Giovanni Machi and Caterina Pizzo
[H1157] Godparents: Francesco Colla and Emilia Messina
[H1158] Dorotea and her husband Francesco appeareds to have remarried on 4/22/1906 in Our Lady of Pompeii Church, Milwaukee, WI
[H1178] Godparents: Aloisio Busalacchi and Vincenza Sutera
[H1180] Godparents: Girolamo Aliberti and Lorita Letizia
[H1197] Godparents: Emanuel Crivello and Giuseppa Scola
[H1201] Godparents: Salvatore D'Amato and Stefana Balistreri
[H1205] Godparents: Mariano Agano and Gaetana Balistreri
[H1206] Godparents: Piero Balistreri and Teresa Balistreri nati Pecoraro
[H1214] Godparents: Isidore Aiello andAntonina Aiello nati Guardalabene
[H1215] Godparents: Giovanni Battista Guardalabene and Angela Guardalabene nati Billante
[H1219] Godparents: Nicolo Alberti and Regina Alberti nati Galioto
[H1224] Godparents: Pietro Sottile and Teresa Sottile nati Orlando
[H1225] Godparents: Giovanni and Concettina SanFilippo
[H1227] Was installed as a Monsignor January 30. 1966 at Parrochia Maria SS. del Lume, Porticello, Sicily.
[H1231] Came to America by himself in 1883 when he was 18 years old. He came through the port of New Orleans from Santa Flavia. He worked with a Salvatore D'Amico who later became his father-in-law. Salvatore showed Mariano a picture of his daughter, Serafina who at the time was in an orphanage run by Nuns in Cefalu, Sicily. Her mother died when she was 7 years old. Her father Salvatore had remarried after one year. The stepmother was very jealous of Serafina and had created problems. When Salvatore came to America he placed Serafina, then age 13, in the orphanage where she received an excellent education from the Nuns. She stayed there for eight years. After seeing her picture, Mariano asked for her hand in marriage and sent her money for her passage to America.
[H1232] Godparents: Joseph and Antonina Alioto.
[H1233] Joseph was a professional band leader. He used the name of Joseph Gumin, professionally.
Forever a "farm girl" at heart, Carolyn dearly loved entering the Wisconsin State Fair Baking Contest and the many cherished friends and memories she made there. The queen of cheesecakes, her ribbons number over 300.
[H1241] Godparents - Baldasarre and Carmella (nee Novara) Cefalu
[H1242] Ellis Island records show that Santa Davi accompanied with herchildren Lorenzo and Pasqua D'Amato sailed on the ship San Giorgio on their way to thier father and Grandfather Nicolo Davi. By virture of the age of Pasqua, 11 mos. it appears that Maria Assunta was also known as Pasqua. They in arrived in the Port of New York on Aug. 27, 1913. Santa was listed as age 25, Lorenzo as 4 and "Pasqua as 11 mos old. Pasqua's age of 11 months old ties into Maria Assunta's age who was known to be referred to as Pasqua.
[H1243] Godparents were Baldassare and Carmela Cefalu
At the out break of World War I, like so many Sicilians, he returned to Sicily and served in the Italian Navy. During his tour of duty, he was trained as a deep sea diver and had a near death experience. While at the bottom of the sea, in trouble, his only thought was how his mother would take the news of his death. Miraculously, he survived the ordeal.
In later years, back in the United States, he enjoyed singing. He, according to his family, had a beautiful tenor voice.
Resident of Laurel Oaks. Entered into Eternal Life on Friday, February 4, 2005. Josephine was preceded in death by her parents Prudence and Anthony Balistreri and her brother Thomas Balistreri. She is survived by many close, loving family members and friends.
Friends may greet the family on Thursday, February 10 from 10 - 11 AM at THREE HOLY WOMEN PARISH - ST. RITA CHURCH, 1601 North Cass Street, Milwaukee with the celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Josephine's name, may be directed to Three Holy Women Parish-St. Rita Church or the charity of your choice.
Josephine worked for Schuster's Department Store in their credit department for 25 years. She retired from the Milwaukee County Court House, Register in Probate Office in 1980. She was a member of the M.S.S. Addolorata Society and a lifetime member of Three Holy Women Parish-St. Rita Church.
[H1258] Giuseppe worked at Grebe's Bakery for 16 years and owned and operated Alioto's Pizza in Cudahy for 20 years. He was an active member of St. John the Evangelist, serving as an usher, and participating faithfully in the Perpetual Adoration devotion. He was also a member of the Madonna Del Lume Society.
[H1265] On his marriage certificate Natale was noted as "parenti ignoti" Natale was adopted by a Pietro and Maria Balistreri.
[H1268] Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H1269] Name was recorded as Giuseppe on wife's Atti di Morti.
[H1273] Tom was a tuna fisherman in San Diego and named his fishing vessel "Rosa" after his mother.
[H1277] On son Francesco's death records his father was named as Antonio instead of Girolamo.
[H1280] Drowned near Seal Rock in San Francisco when he fell off his boat
[H1293] According to the family, Anna Maria Busalacchi was the name of Francesco Balistreri's wife. The wedding document shows her name as Gaetana as does her birth certificate and the death certificate of Francesco. It also should be noted that Gaetana was the eldest daughter in her family and she should have been named after her paternal grandmother Anna Maria Messina. In searching the Ellis Island records we found that Gaetana Busalacchi age 58, arrived in New York with her two daughters Antonia Balestrieri age, 27 and Dorotea Balestrieri age 22 on their way to San Francisco where their son and brother Giuseppe was staying. Gaetana was listed as widowed. They sailed on the ship Gallia which embarked from the Port of Naples and arrived in the Port of New York on Sept. 15, 1902.. It appears that Gaetana started using Anna Maria as her name subsequent to her arrival in the United States in 1902.
[H1294] Came to the USA in 1936
[H1305] Died of Cholera
[H1306] Moved from Bagheria to Aspra to avoid a military draft.
[H1307] Angelina who had red hair was 15 years younger than her husband, Vincenzo.
[H1308] Was born in Bagheria but was domiciled in Aspra
[H1315] Anna Maria had the title of respect of "Donna"
[H1317] Godparents: Michele and Stefana Savona
[H1322] Born in Bagheria domiciled in Aspra
[H1323] Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H1332] Godparents: Gaetano Balistreri and Rosa Storniolo
[H1333] Angela's recorded birth date is 1/13/1914, but she used 12/29/1913
[H1355] New York Passenger list shows that Maria arrived with her husband Matteo Aug. 3, 1911 at the Port of New York. She was listed as 26 years old and Matteo as 32. They sailed on the ship "Verona" from Naples Italy.
[H1374] Godparents: Tommaso Savona and Anna Maria Savona
[H1384] Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H1388] Died of Cholera during the plague of 1837
[H1392] Died during the Cholera Plague of 1837
[H1393] Died of Cholera the same day as her husband during the Plague of 1837
[H1397] Died of Cholera during the plague of 1837
[H1406] Godparents: Salvatore Corona and Maria Ferrita
[H1407] Godparents: Gaetano Machi and Stefana Tarantino
[H1412] Stepson of Oscar Balistreri
[H1415] Sam followed his father as the operator of D'Amato's Grocery on Jackson and Pleasant Streets until its closing in 1989. Part grocery and part social gathering place, the store helped Sam know everything that was going on in a two-mile radius and he was always there with advice or a kind word for customers and friends - a true beloved gentleman of the neighborhood. According to his wishes, Sam donated his body to the Wisconsin Medical College.
[H1416] Family reports that Francesco was adopted
[H1417] Liz was adopted
Luigi and his family had a chestnut tree orchard. They harvested the chestnuts and made flour to sell to the government.
--- Great-Granddaughter Mary Ann Infantino
[H1425] Godparents: Francesco and Rosa Bellanti
Ralph owned and operated a grocery store in Hazard, KY from 1930-1952. After retiring in 1952, he moved to Dayton, Ohio. He worked in a bookstore; then he was a ticket-taker at a burlesque theater and his last employment was at a produce and fish market arcade.
- - - - -Daughter Billie Reda Sowers
Sam was said to be a very good billiards player. All of the Reda brothers played, but when asked who was the best, they always said, ?Sam?. He was a chef on different ships traveling on the Great Lakes, including the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, a lake freighter that sank suddenly during a gale storm on Lake Superior on November 10, 1975. He retired as a Steward with the Bethlehem Transportation Corporation.
- - - - -Son Frank "Butch" Reda
As a young man, Bill worked in the coalmines and operated a pool hall. He also worked in a barbershop doing odd jobs, and later began cutting hair. He became a barber and operated his own shop in Michigan until his retirement.
- - - - -Daughter Mary Francina Reda DeMichiel
Rose and her parents left Durbin, West VA in 1922 and moved to Belle Vernon, PA. Her father completed the building of a store with living quarters above it in 1923. When her parents moved from Belle Vernon, Rose and her husband, Joe Dimasi (who had followed her to PA from West VA) remained and operated a bar and grill business. After Joe?s death, Rose continued to operate the bar and grill for another ten years.
- - - - -Daughter Mary Catherine Dimasi Mondi
Joe worked at many jobs growing up. At one time, he operated a bar and restaurant in part of the Reda Cash Store in Durbin, West VA. Later, he worked in Detroit, MI and Neon, KY before returning to Durbin, West VA. In 1937, Joe started the Reda Coal Company ?Operators and Dealers in Domestic Coal ? Fill Your Bins With Good Coal?. From 1937-1970, he delivered coal to the Pocahontas Tanning Company in Frank, West VA. After leaving the mining business in 1970, Joe farmed and raised beef cattle for several years.
- - - - -Daughter Carole Reda Kyle
Gabriele ?Gray? Reda died of pneumonia at the age of 15. He is laid to rest in the Belle Vernon Cemetery in Belle Vernon, PA. Note: Gray died on the same day and month that he was born.
- - - - -Sister Rose Reda Dimasi
Antoinette moved with her parents from Belle Vernon to Michigan where she met Frank Spina. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and homemaker.
During her lifetime, she devoted many hours to her church doing volunteer work.
- - - - -Daughter "Julie" Spina Wilson
During World War II, Ernie was in business with his brother, Louie Reda. They operated the Reda Standard Oil and Gas Station in Michigan. In 1947, Ernie joined the Chrysler Corporation and remained there until his retirement in 1962 in management supervision.
- - - - -Daughter Pamela Reda Rosta
During World War II, Louie was in business with his brother, Ernest Reda. They operated the Reda Standard Oil and Gas Station in Michigan. In 1956, Louie moved to Sarasota, FL and operated a gas station on Main Street. Later, he operated waterfront parking lots and then a bowling alley with a lunch bar until his retirement.
- - - - -Daughter Yolanda Reda DiMaggio
Dunny graduated from Douglas Business College in Charleroi, PA. He returned to Durbin, West VA to temporarily help out his brother, Joe with the bookkeeping for the Reda Coal Company. He decided to settle in Durbin and continued to keep the books for his brother until 1967. In the mid-1950s, Dunny owned and operated the Valley Drive-In Theater in Dailey, West VA with his sister, Louise and brother-in-law Alfred.
Louise graduated from Green Bank High School and worked in the Reda Cash Store helping her father. In 1951, she married Alfred Collins and they lived above the store with her parents. Louise and Alfred had three theaters; one was in Durbin, West VA; another was in Cass, West VA; and the third one was the Valley Drive-In Theater in Dailey, West VA, which she owned and operated with her brother, Dunny. Louise also continued to work with her father in his store in Durbin. After her father?s death in 1963, she continued to run the store until the summer of 1999 when she moved to Bridgewater, VA to be closer to her son and his family. In January 2001, the Reda Cash Store in Durbin was sold.
- - - - -Son "Mike" Collins
Giovanni aka: John and his family settled in Cass, West VA where he owned and operated a Reda Dry Goods Store.
----------- - - - - Grandniece Carole Reda Kyle
[H1440] Onofrio sailed on the ship "Vulcania" and arrived in the Port of New York on 11/13/1943 from the Port of Palermo, Sicily. He was listed as 44 yaars of age (b. circa 1888) and sailed with a Paola Prestifilippo who was listed as 45 years old. (b. circa 1887). Onofrio was listed as a laborer and Paola as a housewife. The final destination for both was Milwaukee, WI.
Amelia was called Nellie by her parents. On one of my grandparents' return trips to Pietrafitta, they took Dominic, Mose, Vienna and Amelia with them. During this visit, Amelia became very ill and died. She was about five years old. My Aunt Ann said that Amelia caught the illness from her grandmother, Tomasina Tarsitano, and they died within one week of each other.
- - Mary Ann Bellante Infantino
[H1453] Antonino went to Argentina for a better job. He never returned to his family in Sicily.
[H1455] Godparents: Filippo Guzzetta and Antonina LaPiano
[H1457] Died of Cholera during the plague of 1837
[H1459] subject had a fifth name of Pietro.
[H1469] Served with the Germans at Venice -WWII
[H1483] Godparents: Filippo and Rosa diQuarto
[H1818] Died of Diphtheria in Sant Elia.
[N1951] Salvatore was stabbed to death by an Indian woman by the name of June Jackson who was also known as "Jazz". According to the local newspaper, Salvatore was stabbed in a tenement house on Third Street in San Francisco, CA after an argument with the woman.
[H1826] Maria became a Nun.