It took determination for Leone and Assunata Montagna to leave their native Italy and set out for America in 1921.
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)
Eugenio Ferretti and Maria Ceccarelli were married in 1920 in Marlia in the Italian Province of Lucca, and in February 1921, they left Italy for America.
The young Italian coal miner waited anxiously to see the woman who had sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to become his wife.
It was a bitter-sweet day for the young Italian woman. She was coming to America to be reunited with her husband.
The year was 1904, and Italia Mencerelli Pistoresi had left her home in the Province of Lucca, Italy with her daughter Pia (Pearl) and son Santimo (Sam) to join her husband, Adolpho, who was living in Madera
To the youngster who had just “run away” from his North G Street home, the neighbor’s woodpile must have looked like a good place to hide.
It must have seemed like a cruel joke, and indeed it was cruel, but it was no joke. The young Italian immigrant had come to America, found work and sent for his wife and child.