From St. Antonio (Morobbia) to California

From Mark Lesina, United States

In response to Robert Ransom

Mark LesinaThe stories from Valle Morobbia are all very similar, but each very special and different in their own way. As Gary Carlson mentioned in his posting there were many families in the valley with the same names and they intertwine many times and sometimes not at all. Continue reading

Silvio Debernardi (1873-1954): From Valmaggia to California

From Natasha DeBernardi, Switzerland

Silvio Giuseppe Debernardi was born in Lodano, Ticino, Switzerland, on January 14, 1873, the third son of Pasquale and Teresa (born Tunzi). In April 1891, 18-year old Silvio leaves his village in Valmaggia to reach his two older brothers, Geremia and Golia, in California. Continue reading

L’avventura californiana di Silvio Giuseppe Debernardi

di Natascha De Bernardi, Svizzera

Silvio Giuseppe Debernardi è nato a Lodano il 14 gennaio 1873; è il terzo figlio di Pasquale e Teresa nata Tunzi. All’inizio di aprile del 1891, a 18 anni, Silvio parte per raggiungere i due fratelli maggiori, Geremia e Golia, in California. Continue reading

Lorenzo Martinelli al ranch di Devil’s Gulch

di Marcia, Stati Uniti

Lorenzo Martinelli e la sua famiglia

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

Devil’s Gulch Ranch, Nicasio, Marin County, California

By Marcia, United States

Lorenzo Martinelli and Family

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

The Story of the Luigi Filippini Fountain in Cevio

by Susan M., Arlington, VA and Kathy K., Santa Clara, CA

Visitors passing through the beautiful Valle Maggia to the town of Cevio are drawn to the fountain in the middle of the piazza, which is surrounded by centuries-old houses, modern stone sculptures, and a tiny church. Continue reading

Australia, New Zealand, California, Nevada and Arizona!

From Diana Neal, Britain

Giuseppe Pietro Lafranchi, born in Coglio, Valle Maggia, in the year 1843, was apparently the only son of Giuseppe Antonio Lafranchi and his first cousin, Maria Caterina Laffranchi. Continue reading

In California con gli emigrati

di Giorgio Cheda, storico

Sono stato diverse volte in California, non solo per cercare documenti riguardanti l’inserimento nella nuova terra d’adozione di 27’000 ticinesi, ma anche per sentire dalla viva voce di alcuni protagonisti autentiche storie di vita. Continue reading