From Dick Monaco, United States
There were five siblings who emigrated from Verscio to the United States starting with Louis who emigrated in 1859.
Louis was the pioneer and first started work in the mines at Lancha Plana in 1859. Then he moved to Virginia City and Gold City in approximately 1862. He was in several businesses in Nevada and started a photo gallery there in 1869.
He moved to Eureka, Nevada in 1870 or 1871. He brought his younger brother Marino over in 1873. They could not get along and Marino moved to Stockton in 1874. Then he brought my grandfather JB Monaco over in 1875.
They ran a very successful business in Eureka until 1888 when they moved to San Francisco. They had two studios on Market Street in San Francisco and Louis died in 1898.
My grandfather who was married at the time to a woman from Colinasca (she was the one who told him your native language is Italian, why don’t you set up in North Beach where they are all Italian). He moved to North Beach in 1902.
Verscio centre, photographed during JB Monaco’s visit in 1908
I should mention that Louis was married to Liberatta Cavalli, the sister of George Flavio Cavalli….
There were two other sisters who emigrated from Verscio prior to the time that JB Monaco emigrated.
I have lost track of them or their descendants now. I still have contact with Ellen Starkey who is the great, great granddaughter of Louis Monaco.
JB went on to be “The Dean of North Beach Photographers”. JB died in 1938.
Visit the website http://www.jbmonaco.com for more information.