Between 1900 and 1930, most of Madera’s immigrants from Italy had made the Atlantic crossing.
Coming to America
“Coming to America: The Italian immigrant experience in Madera” has been written by Bill Coate and will soon be released in a paperback edition. The abridged edition will appear in the Tribune on Fridays. The book is the result of 2 and 1/2 years of research by Coate and a steering committee of descendants of some of Madera’s Italian immigrants. (Jan. 13, 2012)
In the 1920s, Prohibition was in full force in America, but at times the law didn’t always work like it should have.
Editor’s note: Louise Pira Chiarelli and Mike Chiarelli provided the material for this article. Any errors are the responsibility of the writer.
In the early 20th century, it looked as if fate was going to smile on the Manfredis forever. The two brothers and their wives were sharing the good life in the Howard District.
The young woman was not particularly impressed with what she saw on Avenue 14 in 1922.
Rasmeo Mariscotti was a hard worker; that’s why he left his job with the Madera Sugar Pine Lumber Co. and went to work on the Roberts Ranch, which later became the Sherman Thomas Ranch.
The young Italian immigrant took his seat in the theater in Hoboken, N.J. He felt strangely lonesome even though he lived with his parents and younger siblings.