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Like father, like son: tragedy struck Italians twice

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On Dec. 3, 1884, in the Piedmont region of Tuscany in Northern Italy, a son was born to Biaggio and Luiggia Cavallero. That child would one day grow up and live out the dream of coming to America, but it would have a bitter and ironic ending, not only for him but for one of his sons as well.

Giuseppe Cavallero left his native Italy in 1907 to come to the United States. He no doubt visited the grave of his mother, who had died when he was just 12, before he said goodbye to his sister Margarita, his brother Alessandro, and his half-brother Giovanni.

Alessandro would join Giuseppe in America four years later, but Margarita and Giovanni would remain in their homeland.

With anticipation, Giuseppe booked passage on the S.S. La Provence and arrived in New York on Dec. 28, 1907. From there he took the train to Madera where a number of his Italian friends had located. Four years later his brother, Allesandro, joined him, and after a while the two immigrants were courting their future wives...


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