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Mamie Taylor Mathews

The Mathews arrived in the Greenbush neighborhood in 1923. Their kitchen at 809 Mound Street was small, yet comfortable. The kitchen was much larger when they moved to 617 Milton Street. Later, when they lived in an apartment over Troia's Market at 754 We. Washington Avenue, the kitchen, as well as the rest of the living quarters, was large, very neat, and very comfortable. Wherever Mamie Mathews prepared food, it was always in abundance, especially when making bread and rolls. Other specialties were cakes, apple pies, sweet potato pies and peach cobblers.

Margherita Intravaia Intravaia

March 1912 would mark their arrival in Madison. There was much activity in the two-story house at 819 Milton St. where Margherita served as a mediator to calm matters that arose during the course of the day. Mealtimes were massive celebrations with enough food prepared "just in case" someone, or two or more, stopped by to visit. The Intravaia kitchen, large by today's standards, was the gathering room for the family. During the early morning hours, coffee with milk, pastries and homemade bread were made plentiful for breakfast.

Maria Magro Gervasi

The Magro family emigrated to this country in 1906 and settled in Chicago, Illinois. In 1914, Maria and her husband, Vito Gervasi, moved to South Murray Street in Madison in a three-story apartment building where a market and butcher shop was arranged on the first floor. The building had two apartments on the second floor and two apartments on the third floor, one of which would serve as bedrooms for the Gervasi family. Maria tended the store, cut meat, cared for her family and studied at the Neighborhood House to become an American citizen.

Marianna LaBarbera Zaccone

The boat carrying the Zaccone family docked in the Boston harbor in 1920. They arrived in Madison on July 25, 1921, and moved into an apartment at 740 Gwinnett Court. Other addresses in the Greenbush neighborhood would include Mound, Murray and Milton streets, before their last move to 929 Fahrenbrook Court. Marianna had attended a girls' school in Sicily for pre-teens from poor-to-average families. During her schooling she studied reading, writing and arithmetic. Also taken were courses teaching needlework and cooking.

Ninfa Licali Capadona

By the time the Greenbush neighborhood became victim to urban renewal in the 1960s, roots of the Capadona family were deeply imbedded on the corner of Park and Regent streets. Still referred to today by longtime Madisonians as "Spaghetti Corners," it had been the busy intersection of Heighways 12, 13, 14 and 151. The Capadona three-story dwelling at 826 Regent Street not only was the family home, but also the location of Capadona's neighborhood grocery store.

Rose Caruso Urso

After Anton established a home in Greenbush for his family, Rose joined him in 1915 with their first born son, Joseph. In 1921, the Ursos moved to the upstairs apartment over Urso's Barbershop and Pool Hall at 734 West Washington Avenue. Rose was a tiny woman, weighing a mere 90 pounds. He long "salt and pepper" hair was twirled and pinned up to be covered with a scarf or piece of material wrapped around her forehead.

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