The young Italian coal miner waited anxiously to see the woman who had sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to become his wife. They had never seen each other, but their families in the Province of Perugia, Italy were friends.
In those days of arranged marriages, the Bartoletti family agreed with the Baldrica family that their Camilla would be a perfect wife for Santino Baldrica. Thus it was settled; the 22-year-old Italian bride-to-be would sail to America to meet and marry Santino.
Camilla boarded the ship, “La Lorraine,” at the port of Le Havre, but she wasn’t traveling alone; the families decided that Camilla should be accompanied by Giovanni Baldrica, Santino’s younger brother, and it is a good thing. If he had not come to America, Camilla and Santino might never have come to Madera.
The Baldrica brothers were part of a large Italian family. Their father was Giuseppe Baldrica, and their mother was Christina Dolce Baldrica. They had three sisters and another brother...