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This page started on 27 Feb 2012. It will be under construction for a while.

This page languished for many years. I grew up in Aliquippa, not too far from McKees Rocks but I don't know very much about that town. Many people from Sant'Eufemia moved to McKees Rocks when they came to the US.

I will be making an attempt to get this page going again.


Patsy and Diasy DiVecchio

Pasquale was born in SEaM in 1902. He died in McKees Rocks in 1943. Daisy was born Desolina Margherita diGiovine in SEaM in 1909 and died in 1994.. They married about 1924 and had four sons; Joseph, Samuel, Charles and Edward.

del Tondo

Daniel and Severina del Tondo

Newspaper Article about the families of Dan delTondo and Daisy DiVecchio

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Dec 26, 1933


 "The husband smiled wanly, for after six weeks of hospitalization he was still pale and weak.
A member of Company G, Forty-fifth Infantry, Thirty-seventh Division, he served 10 months overseas, and was gassed and wounded in Argonne forest.
His health impaired, he has been jobless for four years."

He was home for the holidays from the Veterans Hospital in Aspenwall. Mentions wife, 2 daughers and 10 year old son. Mentions 4 year old daughter, Marie. 812 Benwood St.

Dan delTondo died on 18 Mar 1956.

Also mentioned in the article was Daisy (Desolina diGiovine) DiVecchio. Her husband was Pasquale "Patsy" DiVecchio. He died on 4 Nov 1943.


Francesco "Frank" Mancini (1884-1977) and wife Maria diPietrantonio (1887-?) were married about 1906 in SEaM. Their first son, Vincenzo "James" was born in SEaM. 6 more children were born in PA: Anthony, Nick, Mike, Albert, Ernest and Helen.

James opened Mancini's Bakery in 1926. James died in 1977.

Ernie joined his brother at the Bakery after the War. Ernie died in 2004.

Obituary: Ernest J. Mancini / Headed renowned family bakery
Sunday, October 03, 2004
By Ann Rodgers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ernest J. Mancini, longtime owner of a family bakery in McKees Rocks whose bread became a Pittsburgh culinary trademark, died Thursday. Mr. Mancini, of Windgap, was 84.

Feisty and athletic until leukemia sapped his strength, he was more like a peer than a patriarch to his grandchildren.

"He used to say he was the best dancer and the best wrestler in his high school. And he danced until the end, until he couldn't walk anymore," said his grandson Ernie Hartner, 24, who with his brother and cousin runs a branch of Mancini's Bakery in the Strip District.

A McKees Rocks native, Mr. Mancini was the youngest of seven children who all worked in the bakery that his brother, Jimmy, founded in 1926. He studied business administration at Duquesne University for two years before joining the Air Force in World War II.

He served as a top aide to a ranking commander. He would often proudly tell the story about when the war ended, he used his connections to wrangle a Jeep-load of food and orders for a fictitious mission into Italy from his base in Germany, Ernie Hartner said. Mr. Mancini drove to his grandfather's native village in the Abruzzi mountains and delivered food to the starving inhabitants. When the villagers realized whose grandson he was, there was dancing in the streets, said his grandson, who recently met a relative who was there.

"In that little town, he's regarded as a big hero," Ernie Hartner said.

After the war, he went into the bakery business with his brother and married Emma, the daughter of one of his father's friends.

The bakery was already renowned for its signature Italian twist loaf, and Mr. Mancini was loath to tamper with success. He adopted some automation, but insisted on letting the dough rest before baking. Today it still takes more than four hours to prepare a loaf of Mancini bread, using the same recipe his brother started with in 1926, said his daughter Mary Hartner of Robinson, who has run the business since Mr. Mancini retired 22 years ago.

He was in constant motion, she said, rising in the middle of the night to handle problems at the bakery. But he was not obsessed with work.

"My dad was a lot of fun. He was always ready for a party," she said.

The bakery was supposed to have passed to her brother, Frank. But his death in a motorcycle accident drew her into the business. Her father showed her the ropes, then stepped aside quietly.

He took his grandsons to lunch weekly, starting when they were in grade school, and golfed daily at the Chartiers Country Club.

There, Mr. Mancini co-founded the annual Ogad Festival -- which, with no apologies for political incorrectness, was "dago" spelled backward. It was a males-only event, its tables heaped high with loaves of Mancini bread, salami, sausages and other Italian delicacies, while accordion players added to the ambiance.

In his heart, Mr. Mancini was always 25 years old, Ernie Hartner said.

"When I would come home from college I'd have lunch with him every single day. I golfed with him, played gin with him," he said.

They made the rounds of his favorite restaurants, where Mr. Mancini walked straight-away into the kitchen to greet the chef, and kissed the cheeks of waitresses who brought him special cakes and gift bottles of wine.

"Anyone who met him fell in love with him. A lot of my friends called him Pap," Ernie Hartner said.

When his younger daughter opened a gym, he visited her daily and helped her out by running errands, Mary Hartner said. But he was never one to tell his children what to do with their lives. And he never pushed his grandchildren to follow him into the bakery business.

"He probably put more pressure on them not to do it. It was, 'That's hard work. You guys all have good educations,' " she said.

Nevertheless, when his grandsons and their cousin put aside other careers to start a Mancini's in the Strip, "I think secretly, deep down in his heart, he was real proud," Ernie Hartner said.

Besides his grandson and daughter, Mr. Mancini is survived by his wife; another daughter, Amy Mancini of Bridgeville; two brothers, Albert of Kennedy and Mike of Mercer; and two grandchildren.

Visitation is today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Anthony M. Musmanno Funeral Home, McKees Rocks. Services will be private.
First published on October 3, 2004 at 12:00 am

Mancini's remains a tradition

By Lara Brenckle Thursday, February 23, 2006 Tribune-Review

A bakery worker knew what Jaclyn Leto wanted without her even asking.

Spying the little girl's eyes hungrily following the hot rolls, the worker leaned over and handed her one. She picked at the hot crust gently, then took a huge bite.

"I like to shove it in my face," Jaclyn, 10, of Stowe, said through a mouthful.

Mancini's Bakery in McKees Rocks is celebrating its 80th year, built mostly on experiences like Jaclyn's. Housed in a pale orange brick building on Woodward Avenue, the business is a local institution and something of an anomaly in an era dominated by chains and big-box retailers.

For thousands of Pittsburghers, Mancini's is something simpler and grander: A tradition spanning generations.

Tom Taylor Sr., for example, has been eating Mancini's bread for all of his 58 years. He lives in Lake Latonka, Mercer County, but Mancini's still beckons him home to the McKees Rocks area, where he grew up.

"When I was little, going to church and Sunday school, my brother was in the service and we used to stop and get a loaf on the way home," Taylor said. "(When I was older), the whole lot of us would go to football games and we'd come here and get loaves and eat them at the game, and on the way home."

For Mary Mancini Hartner, 58, of Robinson, every delighted smile is confirmation that she is keeping alive a legacy willed to her by her uncle, James, and father, Ernest.

The eldest of eight children, James Mancini founded the bakery in 1926 after emigrating to the United States from the Abruzzo region of Italy when he was 5 years old.

An experimenter and a bit of an independent spirit, James Mancini eventually stumbled on the right combination of flour, water, yeast and sugar and went into business for himself in a little garage in McKees Rocks.

Hartner's father, Ernest Mancini, became James Mancini's partner after returning home from fighting in World War II.

Ernest Mancini planned to hand the business down to Hartner's brother, Frank. But a series of tragedies thrust Hartner into the business.

James Mancini died in of lung cancer in January 1977. In July, Frank Mancini was killed in a motorcycle crash.

Hartner, who was living in Greensburg caring for a young son, returned to McKees Rocks to help her father keep the bakery going. They worked side-by-side until Ernest Mancini's death in 2004.

"It was hard because you have your own ideas about business," said Hartner, who acquired a master's degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh in 1975. "But when you work for your father, you have to do it his way. I had to learn the baking end, the business end and the Ernie end."

The learning is ongoing.

Suppliers, customers and diets have changed, even in the two years since Ernest Mancini died, Hartner said.

The mom-and-pop restaurants that peppered Pittsburgh neighborhoods once were the bakery's bread and butter. In recent years, however, those eateries have given way to chains, who supply their own bread. And, of course, there was the low-carb craze.

"I was doing demonstrations in supermarkets and people would come up to me and say 'How can you sell this poison?' " Hartner said.

To stay viable, Hartner and her cadre of 26 bakers have moved beyond their signature Italian breads, just as James Mancini would have wanted it.

Years ago, he added rye bread to the Mancini's mix. Frank's lasting contribution is the bakery's raisin bread. Hartner's son Nick, who started the McKee's Rocks Bread Company with his brother Ernie, is responsible for the bakery's latest creation: European multigrain.

The bakery also has added trendy loafs such as focaccia and cranberry walnut, along with a line of sauces and spreads.

Still, for many people, the allure of Mancini's is tradition, not trendiness.

Carmen Fratto, 73, of Kennedy, remembers buying Mancini's bread for three cents a loaf.

"Mom would send me and my sister to run errands," Fratto said. "She'd give us a bag and we'd get twists and carry it home between us."

One Mancini's tradition is particularly enduring, said Yvette Leto, Jaclyn's mother.

"If you are taking it somewhere, especially if you buy it hot," she said, "it doesn't quite make it to its destination."


In Dec of 2018, Carmen Mancini sent a photo from the 15 Feb 1921 funeral of Antonio Gargaro. This photo shows many of the Italians (many probably from Sant'Eufemia) who attended the funeral.

Antonio had just come to the US on the 1st of Feb. His death certificate shows that he died a few weeks later of Lobar Pneumonia.

Can you help identifying anyone in the photo?

From:    mancini2 <mancini2comcast.net>
Subject:    Re: Nick Mancini and Amabile DiGiovine
Date sent:    Mon, 3 Dec 2018 22:39:23 -0500

Hello Mark,

You have my permission to add the funeral photo, dated February 15, 1921 to the McKees Rocks portion of your site.
The only people I can accurately identify are as follows:

On the left in the front, the young boy with a bow tie and a hat in his hand is Doctor Dantini.  To his left toward the casket, is Angelo Gargaro and his wife, Mary Palmeiri Gargaro, the deceased’s brother and sister-in-law.

On the right side of the casket, the second man, tall with a hat in his hand, is my father, Nicola Mancini.  On his left is Unen Salvitti and her husband, Camillio Salvitti, my father’s cousin. The young girl behind that couple is Mary Mancini in the second row.  She is my sister from my father’s first wife, Maddalena Rinaldi. 

Thank you for all you do for history.

15 Feb 1921
Funeral of Antonio Gargaro
McKees Rocks, PA
Date sent:    Mon, 3 Dec 2018 10:01:50 -0500
From:    Jack DeJovin <dejovinaol.com>
Subject:    Hello and thanks...

Hello Mark,

Thank you for the introduction to Carmen Mancini.  We have had three very interesting conversations and he shared a 1921 group photo at a funeral that includes my grandfather, Amabile.  That is my grandfather, in the bow-tie, standing behind and to the left of Nick. My grandmother Nunziata would be alive in that year, but no obvious candidate for her in that photo. 

Thanks and best regards, Jack
 Date sent:    Fri, 19 Feb 2021 13:25:33 +0000 (UTC)
From:    Tom Gargaro <thomasgargaroyahoo.com>
Subject:    Re: Photos from McKees Rocks and other places

Hi Mark,

Regarding the large funeral picture you had previously posted. As my close paesan Carmen Mancini told you when he sent you that picture, the deceased was my grandfather’s brother, Antonio,  who was born in 1905. The man directly behind the casket is my great grandfather Isodoro Gargaro (1865-1941). Isodoro was bringing Antonio to the states and on the long ocean voyage Antonio caught pneumonia and died within two weeks of arriving in the U.S.

In 1995 my father and I travelled to Melbourne Australia to visit my great uncle Vince Gargaro ( my grandfather’s brother) and we brought with us a photo copy of this picture. He identified many of the people in the picture and when I find it I can provide what I know.

As a side note, when Antonio passed away he was buried with no headstone at St. Mary’s Cemetery near Ohio Valley Hospital in Kennedy Twp. When my grandfather died in 1966 they had his remains exhumed and placed inside ( but hidden of course) of my grandfather’s casket. On the crypt where my grandparents are buried at Resurrection Cemetary in Moon Twp. they have Antonio's information as well.
We have the original funeral photo professionally framed and hanging in our house - it’s such a piece of history.

Take care, Tom

Photos from Tom Gargaro

Our cousin, Tom Gargaro, grandson of Angelo Sante Gargaro, sent me these photos of men from Sant'Eufemia.

Playing Burglar - Angelo (center). Two men ar arresting him.
Gaetano "Guy" Tabella  (~1894-?) 1920 census, Stowe, Allegheny, PA, 26y, immigrated 1900, naturalized 1918. Boarder at the home of Angelo Sante Gargaro along with Camillo diGiovine and Camillo Zianni. Angelo Sante Gargaro  (1893-1966) Grandfather of Tom Gargaro who sent me the photo.
Husband of Maria Palimeri.
He also appears in the next two photos.
Francesco "Frank" d'Antini (1890-1961) brother of Ralph who appears in the next photo.

Click on the scan for a full size image.

Standing Row from Left to Right
Name Birth Death Family Tree Individual # Comments
Giovanni Palmieri (nickname Taconi) 1865 ? I8216
  • 1923 US Passport Application of son, Quirino. Giovanni lives in Pittsburgh, PA. In that application, Giovanni filled out an affidavit he was born 25 Dec 1865 (Note: birth record shows he was born 28 Nov 1865) at SEaM and his son, Quirino, was born 10 Oct 1908 at Sequendo, CO. In an affidavit from the Postmaster at Pittsburgh, George W. Gosser wrote: Giovanni states that his address is 840 Island Ave, McKees Rocks but has his mail addressed c/o M. Bernardini's Bank, 605 Webster Ave, Pittsburgh, PA.
Michele "Mike" diGiovine son of the late (fu) Eusebio ~1895 ? I10141
  • 1920 census, Watertown, Middlesex, MA, 23y, boarder, immigrated 1913. Boarder with Nick d'Amico, Tony Colafello.
Giovanni "John" Pantalone (Strongman's brother) ~1894 ? I641
  • Strongman's brother - this would be Frank Pantalone but not the Frank Pantalone that appears in this photo.
  • Husband of Sophie Melich.
  • 1919 16 Oct article in the Salt Lake Telegram - One Dead, Two Wounded In Bingham. Father Shot to Death After Quarrel Over His Daughter, daughter was Sophie Melich. Other articles show that he was charged with murder. I cannot find the resolution of the trial.
Filippo "Phillip DiPetro" diPietrantonio 1885 1977 I8314
  • email from Carla del Papa, Sep 2009: "The Fillipo Dipietrantonio that migrated to Australia in 1925 (about) was my fathers uncle. Filippo was the brother of my paternal grandfather (Luigi DiPietrantonio)."
Giovanni "John DelVechio" diVecchia 1879 ? I7897
  • Husband of Anna Carolina Crivelli
  • WWI Draft Registration, Primero, Las Animas, CO, wife Carolina. DOB

Note: this may not be the right Giovanni. There is another Giovanni born 15 Jun 1874 but I don't know if he came to the US.
Raffaele "Ralph" d'Antini 1884 1955 I8860
  • Husband of Alba Celete Gargaro.
  • Brother of Frank who appears in previous photo.
  • 1914 20 Jul, EI Arrival, 30y, Last Residence McKees Rocks, USA. Wife Albacelesta D'Antini in SEaM. Going to cousin Angelino Gargaro in McKees Rocks. Previously in the US (McKees Rocks) 1909-10.
  • 1955 PA DC, 71y. 19 mar 1884, reported by Daniel C. Dantini, McKees Rocks.
Angelo Gargaro 1893 1966 I8237
  • Husband of Maria Palmieri.
  • Grandfather of Tom Gargaro who sent me the photo. He appears in the previous photo and next photo.
Sitting Row from Left to Right
Name Birth Death Family Tree Individucal Number Comments
Antonio "Tony" no-surname listed, nickname "scopponi". ? ? ? ??
Amato Palmieri (Aunt Julia's dad)  1889 ? I8163
  • Husband of Annina Sonsini.
  • Aunt Julia would be Julia Vera "Juliette" Palmieri (1915-?) who married Vincenzo Gargaro (1910-2001).
  • 1920 Mar 22 EI arrival, 30y, going to cousin Camillo Palmieri in Primero, CO, Previously in CO from 1907 to 1916. Wife Annina in SEaM. Marked as 'non immigrant alien".
  • email from Diana Palmieri Archer, Sep 2009 - he emigrated to Australia in 1925.
Luigi del Tondo 1895 1984 I9828
  • Husband of Giaconda "Jelka" and then Desolina "Daisy" diGiovine.
  • Brother of Dan del Tondo whose family was interviewed for the newspaper clipping shown above.
Nicola "Nick" Palmieri 1882 ? I8662
  • 1911 Dec 26 EI arrival, 29y, wife in SEaM - Carolina d'Amico, going to brother-in-law - Giuseppe d'Amico in Watertown, MA. Previously in the US from 1899 to 1910 in CA.
  • Husband of Carolina d'Amico.
  • Son of Filippo Palmieri and Angela Maria Zianni.
Frank Pantalone (sitting with dog) ? ? ? I am sure that this not Frank "The Strongman" Pantalone (1889-1952) but otherwise, I don't know who it is.
Raffaele Zaccagnini ~1891 ? I14151
  • I found a Raffaele Zaccagnini in Watertown but I don't know if this is him.
  • 1920 14 May EI arrival, 28y, Father in SEaM, Felice. Going to uncle, Pietro Zaccagnini in Watertown, MA. Born SEaM. Previously in the US from 1908 to 1915. Travelled with wife Rosa. Typical naturalization notation - 14 Oct 1937.
  • 1921 Watertown City Directory, "Zaccagnini Raffaele opr, H R Co, h 33 Pleasant".
Vincenzo diNardo ? ? ? ??
Camillo "Carmen" Piccoli 1894 1970 I10029
  • Husband of Anna Giocanda Carapellotti.
  • Lived in Aliquippa.
  • 1920 US passport application, lived in Woodlawn, PA (which became Aliquippa)
  • 1923 death certificate of son Vito Antonio, Listed as Camille. Living at 545 Allegheny Ave, Aliquippa, PA.

Paesano's from Aliquippa
Standing Row from Left to Right
Name Birth Death Family Tree Individual # Comments
unknown ? ? ?
unknown ? ? ?
unknown ? ? ?
Phillip diNardo "Zio Luigi's brother" 1896 1968 I8308
  • 1930 census Aliquippa, PA, 33y, first married at 26y, imm 1923. Lived at 170 North Beaver Ave.
  • email from Carla diPietrantonio del Papa, Sep 2009.
  • 1940 census, Aliquippa, Beaver, PA, 44y, Italy, 215 Main St.
  • WWII Draft Reg, 215 Main St, West Aliquippa, PA, born SEaM 1 May 1896, 46y, J&L Steel Corp, ref Mrs. Antionette diNardo, same address.
  • Husband of Antoinette diPietrantonio.
In the Italian context, "zio" means uncle (that is, siblings of your parents) but it has an additional meaning of 1st cousins of your parents. I think that is what we have here. I can't find a family with brothers of Phillip and Luigi though I do find men with those names in separate families.

Tom Gargaro wrote on 11 Feb 2021 when I told him I could not read the word in front of Luigi on this photo (notes in brackets are individual numbers from my data base):

Ok, I believe that says Zio Luigi (DiNardo). I'll try to get this right. My 2nd Great Grandfather (Angelo Santo Gargaro) was originally married to Maria Severia [I18265]. When Angelo Santo passed away, Maria married a man named Fiore DiNardo. Then Maria Severia passed away and Fiore DiNardo [I595] married a woman named Felicia (?) [Felicia Maddalena Pantatone I644] and had a son named Luigi DiNardo [I663] and several other children.  Luigi DiNardo later had three children named Ada [I667], Fiorino [I13221], and Dante [I13222]. As information, Ada (now passed on) ran the Hotel DiNardo almost opposite the church in the piazza in Sant'Eufemia. I met her and both of her brothers (who believe it or not were both deaf mutes). 
Sitting Row from Left to Right
Name Birth Death Family Tree Individucal Number Comments
Michele "Mike Petro" diPietrantonio 1894 1953 I8084
  • WWI Draft Reg, Woodlawn, PA, DOB 3 Jan 1894, worked for A&SRR. single, supporting his father. lived at 2nd Ave, Aliquippa, PA. Naturalized.
  • 1930 census, Stowe, Allegheny, PA, 36y, listed as Mike Petro, first married at 24y, immigrated 1910.
  • 1937 24 Mar Sons of Italy Enrolment, DOD 2 Dec 1953, Registration 24 Mar 1937, 43y (in 1937), 825 Benwood Ave (McKees Rocks, PA), Listed as diPietrantonio Michele fu Domenico. Wife - Annunziata, 36y (in 1937).
  • Husband of Annunziata "Nancy" diVecchia
unknown ? ? ?
Angelo Gargaro 1893 1966 I8237
  • Husband of Maria Palmieri.
  • Grandfather of Tom Gargaro who sent me the photo. He appears in the previous two photos.

Angelo Sante Gargaro

When I got these photos from Tom Gargaro, I went back and checked through the family tree data that I had on his family. I always do this to make sure that I don't have any glaring errors. I didn't have a brith record for Tom's grandfather, Angelo Sante Gargaro, from SEaM. I knew his birth date but sometimes (rarely) the birth does not get recorded. Tom's wife had created a big tree on ancestry.com and I looked at that. It said he was born in Apricena, Foggia, Italy. Tom had written to me earlier:

I'm assuming you've seen the video La Mia Strada? If not I'll send it to you. I've watched it many times so that I never forget my roots.

So that comment didn't click in my brain. I asked Tom about his grandfather:


Looking through all of the photos on your tree, there is the birth record for Angelo Sante Gargaro. The birth record is from Apricena. I never looked before but he is not listed in the births from  Sant'Eufemia for 1893. I had not realized that he was born in Apricena.

Do you know the circumstances surrounding this?


As you can see from La Mia Strada, and from what my grandmother told me, the shepherds would move their flocks a good ways south from the mountains from sometime in the fall until early spring. This was due to the fact the grasses that the sheep would graze on around Sant'Eufemia would be covered with snow during this time.

My grandfather's parents went to Apricena because it was near the Adriatic and it had a lot of grazing lands unaffected by winter weather. They had paisans there and along the way. It was about 120 miles on foot driving the sheep so I’m sure it took them maybe several weeks. When they would stop at paisans along the way they would often stay for a few days to visit.


I had associated this "transhumance" with my mother's home town of San Pietro Avellana but I had never seen it referenced with respect to Sant'Eufemia where most of the men were farmers. I learned something new.

The video La Mia Strada gives a good background to this. Angelo Sante was born in January 1893 so his mother must have been pregnant during the 120 mile trek from Sant'Eufemia to Apricena.

More photos from Tom Gargaro

Here are additional photos from Tom, received Feb 2021. Below each one, I've written as much as Tom could tell me about each photo. If you can add more information or recognize anyone, please let me know. These are low resolution versions of the photos, if you would like the highest resolution version that I have, let me know.

Pasquale and Eufemia Palmieri with daughters Rosy and Annie and son Carl
They lived in Segundo, CO and Price, UT

Interesting postcard on your family tree web page from Joe Palmer to your GM (see below).
In it, Joe relates how an uncle, Pasquale Palmieri was found dead in a canal.

When Pasquale's first wife died in 1917 in Price, he had 5 children, the youngest only a few months old.
Knowing he could not take care of all of them, he gave up that youngest daughter for adoption in 1917.
She was raised as Essie Jensen, the Jensen family being one he knew from Price.

My wife and I met Essie around 2008 as it turned out she lived only about 100 miles from us. We met her daughter and son. She was very pleased to to meet her Palmieri cousins.
This was when the Amato branch of the family was visiting from Australia. She has since died.

I visited Price many years ago to get photos in the cemetery.

Cass School in Primero, CO
I've read that children from nearby Seguendo rode by train to attend this school.

I wrote to Tom:

Probably the most historic is the photo of Cass School from Primero, CO.
I could just make out the words on the sign and then a google search turned up more photos and details.


There were Palmieri's who lived in Primero in the 1910's and 1920's.
I would date this photo from the clothes to that era.

Tom wrote : "We know from the 1910  census that my grandmother, her parents and siblings were all living in Segundo Colorado. Judith
thinks this could have been very near to the school in the picture. I can’t really tell, due to how young they are,
whether any of my relatives are in this picture but there was definitely a reason my grandmother kept it."

I wrote back:
Something I have never noticed before. Prompted on by your comments, I looked at my saved census sheets and I see many, many people from my mother's hometown of San Pietro
Avellana also living in Segundo in the 1910's.

They probably knew the folks from Sant'Eufemia. And their kids might be in that school photo as well.

I also see in the 1910 census, Pasquale Palmieri - the man who died in a canal in Price was living in Segundo.

Graduation Certificate for Mary Palmieri
School District No. 61, Las Animas, CO
14 May 1915

Left front: Bernadette Gargaro (Tom's aunt)
others unknown

Nick Mancini's son in Watertown, MA
ca 1943

Giulia "Julia Vera" Palmeiri
Immigrated to Melbourne, Australia in 1947 (Photo probably taken in Italy)
ca 1945

Back of postcard from Giulia


Postcard sent to Mary Palmieri in McKees Rocks from her cousin Joe Palmer.

Postcard from Joe Palmer (Palmieri) to Mary Palmieri Gargaro.
Joe reports that Pasquale Palmieri (shown in photo above) drowned in Price, UT.

Location identified as Benwood Ave, McKees Rocks, PA


"Cousin Louie in Italy"

"DiVecchio from Scranton"

Frank "The Strongman" Pantalone and daughter, Leonia

Tom Gargaro wrote:
In 1999 when I was back in St. Eufemia, we met Frank's daughter Leona (see attached business card and letterhead).
She wrote a book about her dad all in Italian that I think was named Uomo di Ferro.
I'm not sure if you've heard of this or maybe have it. I'm pretty sure I have a copy somewhere but haven't found it yet.
My father used to tell the story of a performance Frank put on at the Roxian Theater in McKees Rocks.
During this performance Frank lifted a beam with 6 men on either side, lifted a full-grown man with
one finger, and had 8-10 cement slabs put on his chest and another man stood on top of him and crushed them with a sledge hammer.

Frank "The Strongman" Pantalone


Mary Tabella

Person on left identifed as Massimo Romanelli
Others unknown

Rocco Mancini and Nick DiNardo

Tom wrote: "I've attached pictures of two of the many postcards I have of Sant'Eufemia.
The one shows the notes and lyrics to the
song A Sant'Eufemia. Wasn't sure if you've ever heard of this song."

Tom wrote : "The second is a postcard with no name that simply
has my grandmother's name and address on the back."



1916 Postcard to Francesco d'Antini from Filippo Crivelli

There was a Francesco Paolo d'Antini born in 1890 in SEaM. So at the writing of this postcard in 1916, he would have been 26y.
There is a Filippo Crivelli born in 1891 in SEaM. Both lived in McKees Rocks.
I also can't find anything that places Francesco d'Antini in Colorado.

Filippo Crivelli (1891) came to US in 1909.
Francesco d'Antini (1890) came to the US 1907.

Tom wrote more details about these men:

My Grandfather Angelo’s sister Albaceleste (born in 1889) married a Raffaele J Dantini (originally D’antini) born in 1884 in St. Eufemia, They were married in St. Eufemia. Raffaele arrived in the states in 1914. Albaceleste and their son came in 1920. It appears to us that Franesco was Raffaele’s brother.Raffaele’s parents names were Donato and Arcangela Pantalone.  We’re not sure how or if this Francesco was in Colorado.

Ida Rubino DiVecchia and daughters Loretta and Diane
ca 1970

I wrote to Tom:

We knew the family of Ida Rubino DiVecchia pretty well. Ida's family was from Pacentro and she
married Antonio "Tony" DiVecchio around 1935. Tony would have been my dad's 2nd cousin.

In the 1970's my parents and sisters went to
Italy with their family. They were one of the few families that kept the Italian spelling (the "a" on the end) of
the diVecchia surname. The photo shows Ida and her two youngest daughters, Loretta and Diane.
I still trade Christmas cards with the oldest daughter, Nancy. A son, Ralph, died in 1954 at 17y.
Diane died in a car accident in Aliquippa in 2002.

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