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

Visiting Ticino emigrants in California

by historian Giorgio Cheda

I have been to California several times, partly in search of documentary evidence of how 27,000 Ticinesi adapted to a new way of life in a new land, partly to hear the real-life stories of some of the settlers. Continue reading