Carlo Martinoia / Charles Martin: “the wealthiest man in Sonoma and Marin counties”

From Marilyn Longinotti Geary, United States

Carlo Martinoia arrived in San Francisco via the Isthmus of Panama on June 15, 1852. Born in 1829 to a poor family in Cevio in the Valle Maggia, Martinoia began working at the age of 15 as a mason’s helper, first in France, then in Africa.

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The Swiss from Del Norte County

From Mark Lesina, United States

In response to Ms Amy Bisi-Lacy.

Mark LesinaDel 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 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

La casa in pietra di nonno Tamagni

di Robert J. Ransom, Jr., Stati Uniti

Mio nonno Cesare Augusto Tamagni, 1882-1962, è nato a Bellinzona e mia nonna Giuseppa (Buletti) Tamagni, 1889-1997, a St. Antonio. Credo che mia nonna sia cresciuta tra Carena e Mellirolo, i villaggi dei miei antenati Sarina e Buletti. Continue reading

Tamagni grandfather built house of stone

by Robert J. Ransom, Jr., United States

My grandfather Cesare Augusto Tamagni, 1882-1962 was born in Bellinzona and my grandmother Giuseppa (Buletti) Tamagni, 1889-1997 in St. Antonio. I believe my grandmother was raised around the small villages of Carena and Mellirolo, the villages of my Sarina and Buletti ancestors. Continue reading

From the village of Giumaglio, Val Maggia

mark-lesinaby Mark Lesina, United States

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

Sopraffatta dai fumi del vino

di Dale Bechtel, swissinfo

Se avete letto il mio precedente post dall’inizio alla fine, avrete notato la fotografia del cimitero di Olema, luogo di sepoltura di molti emigranti. Non ho però menzionato la similitudine tra i suoi monumenti e mausolei e quelli del “cimitero degli americani” a Someo, in Ticino. Continue reading

San Francisco – a revival of Italian culture?

The first thing I want to do in San Francisco is to see if there are any visible reminders of the impact the emigranti made on the city. I can’t get out of my mind images of the Ticinesi on board a train in 1890 headed for California as described by businessman and editor, Giorgio Cavalli, in L’Elvezia. Continue reading

San Francisco, la rinascita della cultura italiana?

di Dale Bechtel, swissinfo

La prima cosa che voglio fare a San Francisco è scoprire se ci sono ancora tracce visibili dell’impatto degli emigranti sulla città. Non riesco a togliermi dalla mente l’immagine dei ticinesi che nel 1890 erano a bordo del treno diretto in California, come descritto dall’editore Giorgio Cavalli su L’Elvezia. Continue reading