It was a bitter-sweet day for the young Italian woman. She was coming to America to be reunited with her husband.
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)
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
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.
On Dec. 3, 1884, in the Piedmont region of Tuscany in Northern Italy, a son was born to Biaggio and Luiggia Cavallero.