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Cesare Frazzini, Degna Cioffi and Family

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This family can be found on the

Denver Frazzini Brothers Graphical Family Tree (2.2+MB JPG File)

Much of what you are going to read in the following sections is derived from the emails from Franklin Smith (great grandson), Steve Frazzini (grandson), Bradley Terry (owns Prospero's former home), Jerri Frazzini Bottomly (grandniece), Wayne Frazzini (great grandnephew), Jolene Frazzini (great grandniece), Rita Timm (web site:  http://coloradoclues.com), Wilberta Illig and Pat Lauterbach.


Cesare Frazzini

1871 Birth

I believe that he was born in 1871. In the LDS microfilms, only the index pages exist for that year so I don't have a date or any other details. There is a Cesarino listed at index #22. This is probably Cesare.

1887 US Arrival

Cesare arrived in the US on 12 Oct 1887 at New York aboard the Trinacria.

1899 Article in the Salt Lake Herald

Under "Ogden News" was an article about Cesare Frazzini participating in a shooting contest. He came in first place.

1903 Odgen, UT

In 1903, he was living with his wife in Ogden, UT. In the May 17, 1953 issue of the Nevada State Journal (Reno, NV), there is an article about the 50th wedding aniversary of Anthony Mastroianni and Gabriella DiIullo. In it, it is mentioned that Mr. and Mrs. Caesar Frazzini were attendents at their wedding in Ogden, UT in 1903.

In Ogden, he was widely known as "Jesse".


Cesare Frazzini
Original photo © Franklin Smith, used with permission.

1907 Ellis Island Arrival

Name Fraszini, Cesare
Ethnicity Italian
Place of Residence Denver, Col.
Date of Arrival October 30, 1907
Age on Arrival 36y
Gender M
Marital Status M
Ship of Travel Kronprinz Wilhelm
Port of Departure Cherbourg, Manche, France

This 1907 arrival is the same one that I documented above with Prospero.

1910 Census Ogden, UT

2462 25th Street
Frazzini, Cesare 39y
Degna, wife 35y
Giuseppie, son 7y
Maria, daughter 5y
Concetta, daughter, 3y
Elodia, daughter, 1y
Antonio, brother, 41y

1910 Departure from the US

From the 29 May 1910 issue of The Salt Lake Herald-Republican: "Italian consul Jesse Frazzini and family have departed for Naples, Italy".

1910 Ellis Island Arrival


Name Frazzini, Cesare
Ethnicity Italy, Italian S.
Place of Residence
Campobano S. Pietro Aveleana, U.S.
Date of Arrival
October 03, 1910
Age on Arrival
39y
Gender M
Marital Status
M
Ship of Travel
Moltke
Port of Departure
Naples, Campania, Italy
Previously in the US from 1884 to 1910. Banker. Nearest relative, wife Degna in SPA. Stamped "NON IMMIGRANT ALIEN". "USC" - US Citizen. Going to home of brother Prospero Ucibo (sp?) Denver Colo 2134 15th St

Cesare married Degna Cioffi and had five children: Bice (Beatrice), Concetta (Constance), Maria (Mary), Elodia (Lela), and Giuseppe (Joe).

From the Evening Standard, Ogden, UT  21 Nov 1910 (found by Wilberta Illig):



For photos of the building which used to house the Board of Trade Saloon (200 25th Street), look on my Ogden, UT web page. This article was a little confused. References to St. Petersburg must really mean San Pietro Avellana (the hometown of the Frazzini family) as that is the only town with a name like this where a branch of the Italian-American Bank was located (along with Pittsburgh, PA, Pocatello, ID and Ogden, UT). I've never found any reference to a bank branch in any US town named St. Petersburg.

Degna, and children, Giuseppe, Maria, Concetta, Bice and Elodia, returned to the US on 22 Nov 1911. Prospero Frazzini traveled with them. Also, Bernarda Morelli, 20y, listed as servant.

1913 Naturalization

Cesare was naturalized on 25 Aug 1913 at the District Court in Denver, CO. Witnesses were William H. Andrew, attorney, and Carlo diIullo, clerk. The document listed his wife Degna and their five children. All lived ad 2657 Bryant Street.

1920 Census Denver, CO

2657 Bryant Street
Frazzini, Cesare  47y, emigrated 1887, naturalized 1913,
Degna, wife 41y, emigrated 1901, naturalized 1913
Joe A., son 16y, born in UT
Mary E., daughter 15y, born in UT
Concetta, daughter 12y, born in UT
Elodia, daughter 11y, born in UT
Bice, daugher 8y, born in Italy


Cesare Frazzini and Family
© Copyright 2004 Franklin Smith - used with permission

Franklin wrote:
Here is a picture of them that will take many hours to restore. The tall young man is Joe A. Frazzini, to his right is Concetta, far right is Elodia, far left is Mary, and the little girl in the middle is Bice. Degna and Ceaser set the tone with serious expressions. This is about 1920. Degna Cioffi is possibly a sister to my Great grandmother Geatana DiGiacomo (later Iacovetta) who's mothers maiden name (from SPA) was Filomina Cioffi.  I also have pictures of them. All my pictures are copyrighted but open to family use. I have to do this for the book, which will have many more pictures.
Here is their house at 2657 Bryant after they moved back to Denver. Photo taken by me in Jun of 2010.




1923 Press Photo of Cesare Frazzini

Bradley Terry found this photo on eBay.  He wrote:

A few months ago they offered another press photo, on the back was written "Frazzini" with the date Dec. 1. 1923, wich I purchased and scanned (see attached). From the other photos on your web site, I believe this is Cesare. I went to the libaray and searched the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News around that date, but could find no article orphoto. Bradley.
I sent an email to Jerri Frazzini Bottomly, Cesare's grandniece, she replied:

Hi Mark:

Thanks for the picture. I was almost shocked when I saw it, how much he looks like my dad always looked to me.  He looks exactly like my father did when he was young.

As far as I can remember, I don't think I ever saw Cesare, or else I was too young to remember him. (Mark's note: Cesare died in 1929 just a few months before Jerri was born) Perhaps he was in Utah when I was growing up?

Thanks again,
Jerri


1929 Death

Cesare died at the age of 58 on 17 Jan 1929. From his obit:

Cesare Frazzini, prominent Denver Italian-American, died Thursday at St Luke's hospital after a prolonged illness. He had lived in Denver since 1891.

Prior to coming to Denver, he held the position of vice consul for Idaho and Utah. The bank of which he was an officer -- the Italian-American Bank of Denver -- failed in 1925, and he opened a candy store which he has operated the last four years.

For his services to the American Red Cross in the World war, he was knighted by King Emanuel, and as a token of this honor, the cross of a chevalier was bestowed upon him in 1922 by the Italian consul here. In addition, several gold medals were given him by the Italian government in recognition of co-operation with the Red Cross of that country.

Pallbearers will be six of the city's most prominent Italian-Americans. They are Phillip Serafini, Louis Spalloni, Thomas Settefrate, Guido Mapelli, Herman Mapelli, and Michael Marranzino.

Mr Frazzini is survived by his widow and five children -- Joseph, Mary, Concetta, Leila and Beatrice of 2657 Bryant Street and by his brother Felix, who also lives in Denver.

1930 Census Denver, CO

3131 W Clyola Place (?)
Frazzini, Degna, 53y, owns home $7000  (Mark's note: Cesare had died in 1929)
Joseph, son, 27y, cashier at a bank
Mary F, daughter, 25y, bookkeeper at a bank
Concetta A., Daughter 23y, works at Montgomery Ward
Lela N, daughter, 21y, saleslady in dry goods store
Beatrice L, daughter, 19y

Degna died in 1931.

 Tombstones of Cesare and Degna at Crown Hill Cemetery. Photos taken by me in Jun of 2010.





Cesare and Degna's Children

None of their children married.

Son - Joseph C. Frazzini

Crown Hill Cemetery, photo taken by me in Jun 2010.


Daughter - Mary E. Frazzini

Cesare's daughter Maria (Mary) became a banking executive with the Empire Savings Building and Loan Association in Denver. Mary was born in Ogden, UT where her father kept his offices as Italian Consul. She lived in Italy for two years when she was 6 years old. On her return, her family moved to Denver where her father joined his three brothers in forming the Italian-American Bank. Here is a photo from a news article from the 1960's. Mary died on 21 Feb 2002.



Headline
Date & Newspaper
Summary ("quotes" are from the article, other comments are mine)
Woman Banker an Artist, Great Friend of Orphans 7 Nov 1956 Rocky Mountain News Article about Mary Frazzini, vice president and treasurer of Empire Savings & Loan Association.

"Her father, Caesar Frazzini was a Denver banker. He and his brothers owned the Italian-American Bank which they started here in 1898. It was located in the old Moffat Depot on Main and 15th sts."

"Caesar came to the United States when he was 14. He worked for the railroads throughout the East, taking care of their books.... Later, her father settled in Ogden, Utah and was appointed vice consul for a 4-state area."

"Mary was born in Ogden, one of three children. When she was a small girl the family moved to Denver. For a while, she and her mother and brother and sister lived in Italy."

"My mother was descended from a family of barons, the Cioffi family from the Province of Campamosti".

"She is also an avid  fisherman, hates housework and is particularly active in aiding Denver's orphans."

Mary died in 2002.
24 Feb 2002  Post-News Classified.com http://search.abracat.com/search.cw1                2/24/02

Horan & McConaty - FRAZZINI - Mary Frazzini, 97, daughter of the late Cesare and Degna Frazzini, co-founder of Empire State Bank and benefactor of many Catholic charities died February 21, 2002. She is survived by the families of Bob, Lewis, Richard and Connie Frazzini, Jerry Bottomly, Phyllis LaGuardia, Norma Krasovich, Lucille Wilson, Betty Horan, Felicia Robbie and Vincent Zarlengo. Rosary, Monday, 7:00 p.m., Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 3020 Federal Blvd. Funeral Mass, Tuesday, 10:00 am, St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 4200 Federal Blvd. Interment, Crown Hill Cemetery. Location: CO. Date: 2/24/2002. Source: Post-News Classified.com



Written on back:
"Miss Mary Frazzini
Vice President and Treasurer
Empire Savings Bank & Loan Assoc.
Denver, CO
"
Printed on back:
Morganti Studios, Denver

Cesare Frazzini's daughter.
Probably from around 1950
Photo sent to me by Jerri Frazzini Bottomly


Mary Frazzini
Retirement from Empire Savings & Loan Association
31 Dec 1970
(Found on eBay)

"This photo originates from the archives of the Seattle Times news paper."


I received this email from Jerri Frazzini Bottomly in May of 2003:

Date:    Tue, 13 May 2003 14:05:50 -0400 (EDT)
From:    Jfbottomlyaol.com
Subject:    Mary Frazzini

Hi Mark and Ron:

Yes, Mary Frazzini was a good soul.  I knew her throughout my life.  She was very much admired, especially because she had reached heights that few women reached during her day--Vice-President of the North Denver Bank, or whatever it was called.  (Mark, one of the articles I sent you has an article about her).

After my father died in 1985, she and my mother kind of "adopted" each other.  They spent many hours together, and always spent Sunday afternoons having lunch at a nice restaurant, and then going back to one of their home to watch football or baseball or some other program on TV.  My mother didn't drive, and Mary did, so mom was delighted to be able to do all the things she did with Mary.  They used to sit on my mom's patio for hours recalling old times, and laughing and talking.

I had always known about Mary's affair with the bank president, because it was a cause for concern for my grandmother Carolina and my aunt Jenny.  Mary herself was very open about it, and one of those days when I was visiting Mother she told me the whole story.  It is really a beautiful, romantic story, even though the president was married all during that time.  But Mary was showered with his love, his gifts, and his whole heart.  She loved him unequivocally, and, as I recall, his wife even knew about her.  I really don't recall the details but I do remember Mary's demeanor as she told me.  Even though he had been gone awhile, her face radiated when she spoke of him.

He gave her everything he could, but she made her own way in that bank. She was a financial genius, and really a genius at most everything.  My dad used to tell me that since she was a child of first cousins, that the genes were so much alike that some of the children got all the good genes (health and brains), while some of the others were not so lucky.  There was one sister, whom I can't recall her name, who was sick almost all her life, and died very young.  Constance was her sister too (you have an article about her, Mark), and Joe Frazzini.   Lela Frazzini was another sister.  She was always kind of pale and thin, but very sweet.  I think it was Bea who died young. I don't remember much about them, but I do remember Mary.  She was a power.  

She began to lose her memory in the early 90's and Mother began to be afraid to drive with her.  She ran into something once, but I forget the details. According to my brother Lew, she had someone come in to take care of her at the end of her life.  She was unaccountably wealthy, but lived in that little house on Clyde Place most of her life.  I'm not sure if she had Altzheimer's or (just like my mother) just had advanced senility, but I hated to hear that that mind of hers had changed.  She always had such a twinkle in her eye, and she absolutely lit up the room when she walked inito it.

What do you think of those articles, Mark?  Aren't they fascinating?  And I agree with Ron.  I think Prospero did a great deal of good in his banking business and throughout his life.  He made some fatal mistakes, but looking at the total contribution of his life, he was kind and giving.

Jerri


In Sep of 2010, I received this scan of a painting by Mary along with this email:

From:    "Timothy R Smith" <timrsmithearthlink.net>
Subject:    Frazzini Family
Date:    Sat, 18 Sep 2010 20:11:33 -0700

Hello Mark -

Please, what is your relationship to the Frazzini family?  In particular, who alive today would be closest to Mary Frazzini?

I am interested because my mother's family (Savario and Concetta Ferrante, originally from Pescara and Castel di Sangro, then briefly in Denver, and later Firestone, CO) were friends with Mary and her family who would often come to Firestone for Sunday dinner.

I have a momento that someone may be interested in knowing about.  I look forward to hearing from you.


Best regards,

Timothy R Smith
Lompoc, California
Timothy,

Thanks for your email about Mary Frazzini.

My mother was a Frazzini and it is through her that I am related to the Frazzini's in Denver.

Mary, as you probably know, never had any children and her siblings never married or had children. When she died, she had no direct descendants, nieces or nephews.

Her father, Cesare, was one of the Frazzini brothers (Prospero, Felicito and Antonio were the others) who settled and made their mark in Denver. I am in touch with many descendants of the three brothers of Cesare.

So the only relatives left are children and grandchildren of Mary's cousins.

In any case, through mailing lists and the Yahoo! Group that we have (about the Frazzini home town of San Pietro Avellana) I can communicate to everyone any information
that you might have.

Let me know how you want to proceed.

ciao.  Mark
Hello Mark -

My mother eventually lost contact with them all during WW2 years; none were married at that time, but she would not have known about later on.  My mother is now 86, but a long time ago, Mary gave my mother a small oil painting she had made.  It has no title or date, but it is signed, and appears to be a scene from Italy.  My mother recalls that Mary made quite a few paintings during the time she knew her.  At any rate, this one still belongs to my mother, but it seems most appropriate to try to make a scan or photograph of it for now, and then you can share it with surviving family members through your channels.  I believe I can quite safely remove it from the frame it has been in for probably close to 60 - 65 years.  It may take a while to get a good quality image, but you'll be hearing from me.

Best regards,
Timothy
Timothy,

Your plan sounds good. I think we would all be interested in seeing  a scan of the painting.

Could you add some historical context to it as well? Maybe what your mother remembers about the get-togethers with the Frazzini, or about the time when the painting was given.

So for us, any information helps to fill in holes in our genealogy research.

Thanks,  Mark
Hello again, Mark -

A scan of the painting is attached.  Colors appear very close to the original on my screen and printer; the varnish is slightly yellowed from age.  The actual painting is 9" x 12" and is signed in the lower left.  My mother thinks she was about 10 or 11 when she received this, which would date the painting to about 1934-35.  You may use or distribute this as you wish.

I'm sorry, but my mother does not remember much else about the painting.  I did learn that at one point, my mother went to stay with the Frazzini girls for a week or so.  As I mentioned, the Frazzinis would often visit with my grandparents in Firestone on Sundays.  If I were to guess, since both families had a number of girls, I would guess they were all friends at that age.  Hope you liked the painting; we always have.

Timothy
Timothy,

Its an interesting painting. I thought that it might have been from the mountain town that the family was from, San Pietro Avellana, but its obviously a coastal setting.

Thanks for it, I will let all the Frazzini cousins know about it.

I don't recall if I mentioned it but Castel di Sangro is just a few miles from San Pietro Avellana.

For you, I've attached some documents that I found on ancestry if you don't already have them:
  • 1910 census from Denver showing Saverio Ferrante and family in Denver. The interesting thing is that they have two boarders, Thomas and Rosa Settefrati. I actually have received a photo of these Settefrati from another researcher although she did not know exactly who they were. The Settefrati family name is definitely from San Pietro Avellana and were (in some way) related to the Frazzini family. I have tried to research Tommaso but the records from Italy are a dead end because the birth year records for him (1881) were lost. The Settefrati family remained in Denver after the Ferrante family moved. In here somewhere are the clues about why the Frazzini family and Ferrante family were such close friends.
  • 1918 WWI Draft Registration of Saverio in Firestone.
  • 1920 census from Firestone, CO.
  • 1930 census - the Firestone census is 4 pages. I looked at all four pages and I could not find the family.
ciao.
Mark

PS: I tried to find some immigration documents for Saverio but I could not.


Crown Hill Cemetery

Photo taken by me in Jun 2010.




Daughter - Constance A. Frazzini

Crown Hill Cemetery, photo taken by me in Jun 2010.



Daughter - Lela E. Frazzini


Written on back:
Lela Frazzini
Cesare's daughter
Unknown Date
Photo sent to me by Jerri Frazzini Bottomly

Crown Hill Cemetery, photo taken by me in Jun 2010.



Daughter - Beatrice Frazzini

Crown Hill Cemetery, photo taken by me in Jun 2010.



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