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Cappelluti heard California’s call

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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. The problem was simply that he missed California; more specifically, he missed a certain young lady whom he had met earlier when his family had lived in Madera.

Suddenly the song “California Here I Come” burst forth from the movie, and the young man, Joe Cappelluti, made up his mind. He left the theater determined to return to Madera and the girl he left behind.

Cappelluti had come to America in 1910 at the age of 6 with his mother, Antonia, and three siblings, 4-year-old Tony, 2-year-old Madeline, and one month old Leo. After passing through Ellis Island, they joined their father, Mauro, who had immigrated the year before.

Initially the family settled in New Jersey where their fifth child, Frank, was born, and then they moved to Madera. That is where Joe met Freda Barsotti. Later the Cappellutis returned to Hoboken and remained there until Joe went to the movies that night...



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