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 (Sam) to join her husband, Adolpho, who was living in Madera.
Italia moved cautiously because she wanted the baby she was carrying to be born in America, but Providence had other ideas. Before she could reach her port of debarkation in France, the baby came; she named him Petro (Pete), and that is the real beginning of today’s Pistoresi Ambulance Company.
After the ocean crossing and with young Pearl and little Sam at her side, Italia carried baby Pete down the gangplank and into the immigration terminal at Ellis Island. She was bringing three children to America instead of two.
The Adolpho Pistoresi family was reunited in Madera, where he worked for the Madera Sugar Pine Lumber Company. When Adolpho was injured bucking lumber from the flume, and no longer could work in the lumber business, he opened a boarding house on the corner of Gateway Drive and Fourth Street and moved the family there...