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Taking the Titanic to Madera 100 years ago

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It took a while for panic to take hold of the passengers of the Titanic. Nobody believed the ship could sink, lest of all Sebastino del Carlo and his bride, Argene. Nothing could happen to them; they were coming to America — to California — to Madera.

Sebastino del Carlo and Argene Genovesi had been engaged on Jan. 20, 1912, and one month later they were married in Lucca, Italy. By April they had determined to seek a new life in a new land, so they made their way to Cherbourg and purchased two second class tickets on the maiden voyage of the Titanic. This was to be their honeymoon. They had no way of knowing that four days later one of history’s greatest tragedies would end their bliss.

Sebastino had decided to come to Madera because his new brother-in-law, Nello Barsotti, had found him a job in his bakery. Nello had married Eugenia Genovesi, Argene’s sister, and the prospect of having another sister close by thrilled the local couple (a third sister, Carolina Genovesi Malanca and her husband, John, lived in Fresno). When news came of the impending arrival of the del Carlos, the Barsottis prepared for a reunion that never came.

On April 11, 1912, the Titanic set sail with the del Carlos aboard. Unfortunately, Argene was forced to stay in her cabin due to nausea, which left her unable to enjoy the trip. It would, however, get considerably worse...


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