Del Norte County is in the extreme northern part of California on the coast. It is kind of interesting that for being such a remote area as it was at the turn of the last century, that so may Ticinese ended up immigrating there. During these early years one would usually take a steamer ship from San Francisco to Del Norte, along the rough coastline to arrive in Crescent City. Continue reading →
Lorenzo e il fratello Pietro sono nati a Maggia, in Ticino, nella metà degli anni 1830. I loro genitori erano Giovanni Battista Martinelli e Anna Maria Bonetti. Da giovani lavorarono come spazzacamini a Parigi. Continue reading →
In August of 1866, W.J. Miller sold the newly partitioned 873-acre ranch to brothers Lorenzo and Pietro Martinelli for $5,000. Lorenzo and his older brother Pietro were born in Maggia, Ticino, Switzerland in the mid 1830s. Continue reading →
Elvezio Giuliano Lesina was born April 18, 1878 in Giumaglio to Giuliano and AnnaMaria Giumini-Lesina and died February 26, 1951 in Crescent City, California. He was the youngest of five children, three of whom immigrated to California. Continue reading →
I don’t want to leave San Francisco before I visit a neighbourhood known for its recent immigrant population. Only in this way, can I get a true impression of what it’s like to be a new arrival in a strange place.
L’idea di recuperare la memoria dei ticinesi emigrati in California tra il 1850 e il 1950 risale agli anni dell’adolescenza, quando alcune favolose letture mi avevano sollecitato a viaggiare nel mondo intero. Continue reading →