FROM ITALY TO THE COAL FIELDS

As a nation state, Italy has emerged only in 1871. Until then the country was politically divided into a large number of independant cities, provinces and islands. The currently available evidences point out to a dominant Etruscan, Greek and Roman cultural influence on today's Italians.
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Re: FROM ITALY TO THE COAL FIELDS

Post by Sal » 09 Jan 2009, 12:52

Nuccia,
Thanks for the kind comments about my site. If you get a chance would you see if one of the photos on the Colorado page is in fact your great-uncle. The photos on that page were cropped from a larger photo with about 25 people in it taken at the burial of my grandfather's brother in Colorado. My grandparents are in the photo, so if one of the men is your great-uncle that means he and my grandparents knew each other.
Researching Iob (Job, Yob), Dalpiaz, Zanon in villages of Cunevo and Flavon (Trentino) and Romano in Spadafora (Sicily).
www.trentinoheritage.com

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Post by nuccia » 09 Jan 2009, 14:30

Sal I will definitely look into that. Heres the page for my relatives..I had forgotten but I also linked your website there!

http://www.gentedimareitaliangenealogy. ... index.html
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Re: FROM ITALY TO THE COAL FIELDS

Post by capracotta » 14 Feb 2017, 15:22

How interesting these posts. I'll be doing a presentation on the first Italians to settle in Ohio's Mahoning Valley. We have a small research group based on the findings of a descendant of one of the first to arrive in our area. Italians from Castle Garden and Blacks from Virginia arrived in Hubbard Township transported by coal operators to break the 1873 strike of miners in Northwestern Pa and Northeastern Ohio. What we've found so far is that it was one of the first large use of Italian as strikebreakers, a pattern that was to continue for decades. We've summarized our research in a Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coal_mine ... ke_of_1873

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Re: FROM ITALY TO THE COAL FIELDS

Post by Anne333 » 21 Jul 2017, 18:36

A carpenter and stone mason, my grandfather left Torricella Peligna for the first time in 1895 to find work in New York City and help other family members to do the same. In Torricella he was a chair maker, but nobody was buying his chairs. Sometime in 1896, wanting to get out of the city, he found work in the coal mines of Northern Pennsylvania, first as a miner, and then as stone mason for the coal mine. There he acquired a "Company" house in the town of Bernice, and arranged for his wife and three young children to make the passage from Torricella to join him. A year or so after their arrival he became fed up with the miner's life, and began using his carpentry and masonry skills to make a better life for himself and his family. His first order of business was to get his wife and children out of the company house by building a small general store in the neighboring town of Mildred. In the rear of the store and above it there was living space for the growing family. Small bridges and fireplaces were his specialty and best sellers in the beginning. When his sons were old enough to help, he built and operated a movie theater in the town.

(I've tried without success to include two photos of the mining town of Bernice, Sullivan County, PA. )

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