On Dec. 3, 1884, in the Piedmont region of Tuscany in Northern Italy, a son was born to Biaggio and Luiggia Cavallero.
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)
An inferno of flames stabbed at the darkness on Monday, Sept. 10, 1973.
Most Maderans know that at one time, the Big Top Drive-In, located at the end of Yosemite Avenue, was the western terminus for young people who spent many happy hours “dragging main” in the evenings.
Many historical landmarks dot the landscape of Madera, and one of these is an establishment on the corner of Gateway Drive and 1st Street that for decades was called Skeeko’s.
The year was 1903, and the young Italian was headed to Madera from Firebaugh. He had been working for Miller and Lux for a year when he caught the news that the Madera Sugar Pine Lumber Co.
There was a bounce in Cesare Gagliardini’s step as he headed out for work at the Italian Swiss Colony Winery in Madera.
The ship rolled and the man awoke rubbing the sleep from his eyes. For a moment, he didn’t know where he was; then the ship rolled again, and he remembered. He and his family were going to America.