27 July 2014

Abducts Girl, Asks $1000 to Wed Her

Here is more to the story from yesterday's post of the wedding of Alberto Todesco and Giuseppina Capobianco.

Source: NewsBank, Inc., "Historical Newspapers," database, Genealogy Bank (http://www.genealogybank.com/ : accessed 21 Jul 2014), Abducts Girl, Asks $1000 to Wed Her; Date: Saturday, December 20, 1913, Paper: Boston Journal (Boston, MA), Volume: LXXX, Issue: 26224, Page: 1.


   "Not only did this man abduct my daughter but he then wrote me a letter demanding $1000 in order to have him marry her to obliterate her disgrace," asserted Dominico Capobianco, a wealthy proprietor of a chain of small stores throughout Boston as he started last night with Inspector Kilday for Washington, where his daughter and her alleged abductor are under arrest.
   The man accused is Albert Todesco, a former Boston barber, who disappeared nearly a year ago with 17-year old Guiseppana Capobianco, who is claimed to have taken with her $135 of her father's money.
   She lives with her parents on Clarendon avenue, West Roxbury and it was only after a four months' search that Todesco was located.

26 July 2014

Marriage: Alberto Todesco and Giuseppina Capobianco, 1913

Boston Marriage Index: 1913

Source: "FamilySearch," index and images, Historical Record Collections (http://familysearch.org : accessed 21 Jul 2014); Massachusetts, Marriages, 1841-1915: p 349 no 8005, Boston, Massachusetts, State Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 2409946; https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N46P-C5P;

Name: Alberto Tedesco
Event Type: Marriage
Event Date: 31 Dec 1913
Event Place: Boston, , Massachusetts
Gender: Male
Age: 22
Marital Status: First
Birthplace: Italy
Residence: 146 Dudley St., Boston
Occupation: Stone Cutter
Father's Name: Angelo Tedesco
Mother's Name: Pasqualina Ardolino
Spouse's Name: Giuseppina Capobianco
Spouse's Age: 19
Spouse's Residence: 5 Clarendon Ave.
Spouse's Occupation: At home
Spouse's Marital Status: First
Spouse's Father's Name: Damiano Capobianco
Spouse's Mother's Name: Anna Valente
Officiated by: Edward J Lord, JP, 28 Wadsworth St.
Certificate Number: 19277
GS Film number: 2409946
Digital Folder Number: 4329371
Image Number: 01058
Number of Images: 1

Note: Marriage Date is different than his Leading Americans of Italian Descent in Massachusetts biography.

25 July 2014

Leading American of Italian Descent" Alberto Todesca

Leading Americans of Italian Descent in Massachusetts: p. 769

TEDESCO, ALBERTO - (late) Born Torre Le Nocelle, Avellino, Italy, July 20, 1891. Son of Angiolillo Todesco and Pasqualina Ardolino. Educated in the the public schools of his native town. Can to the U.S. in 1909, settling in Boston, where he engaged in the market business for ten years. In 1926 he opened his market business in Roslindale, now carried on by his wife. Was member of Order Sons of Italy and took deep interest in the welfare of his community. Married Josephine Capobianco of Somerville, Dec 20, 1913. Children: Angelo, graduate of English High, veteran U.S. Army overseas, as airplane mechanic, has been awarded the Presidential Citation and Purple Heart for bravery; Pasqualina, is married to Joseph Nabreski; Mary, graduate of Roslindale High and Boston Clerical School, is married to Carl De Vasto of the U.S. Army; Beatrice and Gloria, are graduates of Boston Trade School. Mrs. Todesca's parents were natives of Elena, Gaeta, Littoria, Italy. Came to U.S, in the late 80's settling in Somerville. Res. 4430 Washington St., Roslindale.

24 July 2014

Petition for Naturalization: Ciriaco "Charles" DeCristofaro

Declaration of Intention & Petition for Naturalization

Source: Ancestry.com, "database & images", (http://www.ancestry.com), Massachusetts, Naturalization Records - Originals, 1906-1929.  Roll Description: Roll 220: Petitions 83801-84200 (Jul-Aug 1926) Cit. Date: 18 Jul 2014.  

Name: Charles De Cristofaro
Birthplace: Torre le Nocelle, Italy
Birth Date: 7 March 1899
Residence: 91 Orange st Roslindale
Vessel: Amerika
Arrivale: 25 Mar 1915 
Intention No. 154233
Date of Declaration: 3 Apr 1924

Name: Charles (Ciriaco) De Cristofaro
Residence: 454 Beech St., Boston
Birth Date: 7 Mar 1899
Birthplace: Torre Le Nocelle, Italy
Occupation: Foreman
Date of Arrival: 25 Mar 1915
Petition #: 83941
Petition Date: 26 Jul 1926
Witness: Carmine Russo, contractor residing at 499 Beech St. Roslindale
Witness: Carmine Struzzieri, civil engineer residing at 15 Orange St., Ros.
Declaration of Intention: 3 Apr 1924 #: 154233
Record Type: Petition for Naturalization
Court District: District Court

Signature of Charles DeCristofaro: 1926

23 July 2014

Kiss is Reward to Her Rescuer

Date: Tuesday, July 29, 1913 
Paper: Boston Journal (Boston, MA) 
Volume: LXXX, Issue: 26100, Page: 5 

Kiss is Reward to Her Rescuer
Mary Capone Never Before Kissed a Man, But Offered This One.

   I had never kissed a fellow in my life - and well, of course, I-I-I don't think it was wrong to kiss Mr. Roach. It was the only reward I could offer him. Well, any way, I would kiss him a thousand times if it ever occurred again.
   Pretty 18 year-old Mary Capone of the North End, when rescued from the water at Caledonian Grove yesterday by William Roach of 358 Hanover street defended herself against the fun-making of many of her girl friends.
   "This is the only reward I can offer you," Miss Capone told her rescuer after he pulled her out of the water. She offered her rosy lips to Mr. Roach which he accepted without comment, and then sat her down on the grass before the gaze of 300 picnickers who had gathered around.
   Miss Capone had been attracted by the beauty of a lily on the water's edge and as she reached to pluck the flower, she lost her balance and was immediately entangled in the grass.
   "The water was only five feet deep," she laughed, "but it seemed hours while I was struggling to get out. I am sure if Mr. Roach hadn't rescued me I would have died."
   The modest Mr. Roach saw nothing extraordinary in his act. All he would say was, "I was playing ball and heard the girl's screams. Anyone would have done the same, I'm sure.

At the moment, we have no idea which Mary Capone, born about 1895, that this could be.