Check if this is the right Sam LaMantia and family. If it is incorrect, I will delete.
Chicago, Cook, IL
6630 South Hoyne St
Lena LaMantia, age 49, widowed, birth Italy, immigration year 1897, alien
Leana L, daughter, age 19
Agnes, daughter, age 17
Sam, son, age 14, yob about 1916
John, son, age 10
All children born in Illinois
I'm somewhat bothered by the absence of an Edith and the presence of a Leana. Here are two WW I Draft cards for LaMantias with wife's name Lena. Let me know if either might be correct based on the address. My knowledge of Chicago neighborhoods is nil.
John Joseph Lamanta, 23
(did not sign)
23 Third St
La Salle, La Salle, IL
born 1874 in Italy
alien - non declarant
peddler, same address
wife Lena, same address
Same family in 1920? Still appear to be correct? 95 mi SW of Chicago... vj
The Illinois State Archives has wonderful resources available and I have always found that they respond to email request for records research,
However, they are currently having technical problems, and they have no idea when the site will be up and running properly. In the meantime, perhaps the right census will turn up naturalization info, and you can then contact the site for records.
I used to live in Chicago across the street from a LaMantia family - I believe they had 2 daughters and one son. The address may have been 9225 S. Bell Ave, Chicago IL 60620. I doubt they still live there. The dad was in the produce business (fruits & vegetables)in downtown Chicago -
Wow, this is so wonderful. My family was in the fruits and produce business but they were not the owners. My grandfather Sam LaMantia worked for the business but it must have been a cousin or uncle that actually owned LaMantia & Arrigo Fruits and Vegetables.
The 1920 census info looks right in terms of the family, they must have moved from LaSalle IL to Bridgeport (Chicago).
I am curious where in Italy they came from too.
The main problem is that all of them deceased young, they all had passed when I was a little boy in the 1970's.
All of your generosity in helping me is much appreciated.
John, writing away to IL for some vital records may help (Birth, Marriage, Death) (see wldspirits link earlier) Not sure if town in Italy will be on them. Pre-1906 naturalizations may have town of origin. Before 1906 the forms weren't standardized.
Appears to be the same family in 1910.
Different immigration info, note the commonality of '1900' on the other families? possible 1910 census
Home in 1910: 305 Third St, rents
LA Salle Ward 1, LA Salle, Illinois
head John Lamantia 33 (abt 1877)
- married 11 years (abt 1899)
- immig 1900 Na - carpenter, house
wife Antonia? Lamantia 27 (abt 1883)
- 3 children born, 3 children living
- immig 1900
son Mike Lamantia 8 (abt 1902) IL
daughter Frida Lamantia 4 (abt 1906) IL
daughter Theresa Lamantia 2 (abt 1908) IL
I saw someone asking about Lamantia's in the produce industry. My great-grandfather, Fred Lamantia, was a fruit and vegetable dealer in Chicago. I have just started my search for family and do not have much other information. The farthest I have found is to my great-grandfather and great-uncle. They were from Termini Imerse.
I would love to help anyone that I can with information that I have or will find in the future and would love to hear from any who may have information that may help me in my search as well!
I'm new to the site, too, but I can give you a little information.
Joseph Vincent (JV) LaMantia was my grandfather. He emigrated from Termini in Sicily around 1900 when he was approximately 6 years old. His Father's name was Vincent and his mother's name was Marie Battaglia. He had a two bothers, Philip and Anthony, and one sister, Phyllis. He always lived on the South Side of Chicago--first in South Shore and then in Beverly. He had 6 children--but only one son: Joseph Vincent, Jr. He died in 1970.
JV started LaMantia Bros Arrigo Company, a produce brokerage house on South Water Market, with his older brother Phil and a friend named August Arrigo. Later, he bought out both partners and became the sole owner, but kept the name as it was. LaMantia Bros. Arrigo (LBA) grew to become the largest produce commission company in the United States. (They bought directly from the growers and sold to large grocery chains.)
Isabel Weber mentioned that she used to live across the street from some LaMantias. That was not Joseph's brother, but another Philip LaMantia, who went by the name of "PJ. "(He did live at 9231 Bell; the older brother Phil lived at 9646 Bell)) PJ was Joseph's nephew, and he was also worked at LBA as a Vice President.
There were two other LaMantias who worked at LBA, but were not directly related to JV's family (everyone thought there was a distanct relationship, but not recent): Sam LaMantia worked there. He was married to a woman named Anne and had 2 children: Dorothy Anne and Jack; and Charlie LaMantia, who was married to a woman named Margaret and had 5 children: Charles, James, William, Mary Margaret, and Susan. All of these people lived on the far South Side--further south than Bridgeport.
I know our LaMantia family had more distant relatives in the Johnstown, PA area, who were also in the produce business, but I don't know anything about them.
My mother is Anne LaMantia Arado, the second oldest of JV's children, and she married my Dad, Gus Arado, who was working at LBA when they met. My Dad worked there his entire life.
Hope this is helpful!
Judy Arado Walker
P.S. While in Park City, Utah some time ago, I visited a Mormon Genealogy Center and they got me a lot of census data. Very helpful and at no charge. The old census information (I was looking at the 1930s) had a lot of interesting information in it about the people. In those days, all the data was taken personally and entered by hand--much more than just name and address. If you have any of the old addresses, it would be a great resource.
I've got a resource suggestion for you through the LaSalle connection. The Catholic Diocese of Peoria holds records for the Catholic churches in the LaSalle area. Once you get some birth, marriage, or death dates from people who lived in LaSalle, make a "sacremental records" request. Its free, but the diocese welcomes donations. Sister Lea Stefancova has been wonderfully helpful to me and many of the records for immigrants list the towns where they came from in the old country.
In doing research on the Virzi family I found an Antonette LaMantia married to Antonio Virzi 1900 in Chicago. They had 6 children, 1 boy and 6 girls. The boy is named Joseph. Antonino Virzi arrived Jul 1893. Antonette arrived shortly there after.
Other than the names of the children from the census I do not have any other information.
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