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Antonina Campitelli Di Loreto

Antonina departed from Italy on the SS American, arriving in New York on February 4, 1914. Several days later she joined her husband in Madison where they settled at 706 Seymour St., remaining there for 45 years. Daughter Clara remembers their favorite meal, "polenta on the board." Her mother would pour the polenta onto the large wooden board she used when making homemade noodles. Sections were cut from the polenta to make a map of the United States.

Antonina Manino Bonanno

Annie and Antonio Bonanno settled in Madison in a three-story house at 713 Milton Street. Because basements were necessities to Italian families, Antonio installed radiators on the basement ceiling and laid a wooden floor to cover with linoleum for Annie's summer kitchen. It was where the family gathered for meals during warm weather, and where fruits and vegetables were preserved at the end of the growing season. Partitioned was an area where wine was made with a grape press imbedded in concrete. A rack held two wooden barrels for wine.

Bessie Schvid (Sweet) Onheiber

Pursued by several Russian noblemen, Sarah, instead, chose Herman Schvid to be her husband. Three years later, Schvid would leave Russia, reaching Baltimore in July, 1913, before continuing on to Madison. Forced to wait until after World War I to travel, Bessie, Esther and Jerome were reunited with Herman in November, 1921. They unpacked their satchels first at 101 S. Park St. before moving to 719 Mound Street. Bessie would remain there after Herman died in 1954 and until the Greenbush neighborhood was razed in 1961. Like many others, she was extremely proud to be in America.

Caterina "Titina" Cassata Canepa

Although she was beautiful as well as being a talented piano and mandolin player, Caterina Napoli was also very religious and entered the convent in San Giuseppe Iato at a young age with the intent to become a nun. Joseph Canepa left the same village, arriving in New York when he was 15 years old. After living in Dodgeville, New York, he returned to his village in Sicily to claim the woman his father had arranged for him to marry. Caterina's plans to become a nun ended on the day she turned 16. Joseph Canepa, a young man she had never met, took her from the convent to be his wife.

Catherine DiMaio Tripolino

Although four sons and two daughters were born to Catherine and Salvatore, only two sons survived. With their son Michael, they arrived in this country in 1909. After living in New York's Little Italy for two years, they joined Catherine's brothers, Angelo and Dominic, who had arrived earlier in Madison to work as laborers rebuilding the State Capitol. The family lived together on the second floor of a three-story, cold water flat at 744 Gwinnett Court. Catherine, described as being "tiny, with lots of energy," became a widow when Salvatore died tragically in 1915.

Catherine Renda Schiro

Catherine, or "Katie," Renda was eight years old when her family moved to Madison. She remembered her father telling of his early arrival in New Orleans, and serving in the Spanish American War in 1898. When the family left Louisiana, it was to join George's brothers, Joe and Sam, who had already settled in Madison with tales of their first winter when they slept in an unheated attic of a house near Union Corners, on Madison's east side. Much later when Catherine married Joe Schiro, the newlyweds moved to a three-flat at 811 Regent St.

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