Clementina DeMartin Mazzalon

Clementina was born on September 24, 1898, the fifth child and the third daughter of Giuseppe and Elisabetta. That she was born in a small village in the Dolomites, at that time in history, dictated the path her life would take. She watched the departure of her two older brothers and a sister to seek a life in America that would provide more opportunity, and … Continue reading Clementina DeMartin Mazzalon

The Hearth

This photo is of an old fireplace or hearth (“larin”, in dialect). Around the cracking flames was black soot. Before the smoke wandered the hallways and stairs, it flavored the pork that hung on special poles anchored to the ceiling, which in turn energized the already robust appetites. The hearth was usually in the middle of the darkened wall, surrounded by worn benches towards which … Continue reading The Hearth

Story of Edda

This is the story of the first Edda, as told by Clementina. Gabriele and Ersilia, Clementina’s oldest brother and his wife, visited the family in Dosoledo with their months-old firstborn daughter at the beginning of 1914.  Everyone was enchanted with Edda, and so happy to be able to see Gabriele again. Though Italy hadn’t formally entered the great war, preparations were being made and all … Continue reading Story of Edda

Brothers & Sisters

Gabriele Arcangelo, born September 3, 1884, died 1932.  Married Ersilia, born June 15, 1892, died July 1972.   Daughter Edda born October 19, 1913, died 1918.  Son Delmo born, died.  Daughter Edda born January 30, 1918, died October 3, 1989. Orsola married Giuseppe Mario.  Aldo born January 30, 1914, died March 1985.  Rita, Vito born July 11, 1918, died February 12, 1994, Vera born August … Continue reading Brothers & Sisters

Setting Sail

Even today, it’s a long way from Dosoledo to New York City.  When Clementina left home in May of 1915, she faced a nearly month-long journey that included a horse-drawn carriage to Genoa and the last passenger ship to leave Italy during World War I.  Along with a few possessions, she traveled with her niece Edda, the 19-month-old daughter of her brother Gabriele and his wife Ersilia.  Clementina … Continue reading Setting Sail

Official Pronouncements World War I, 1916

TOWN HALL COMELICO SUPERIORE BOMBS, HAND GRENADES AND PROJECTILES To avoid accidents and damages from accidental explosions of bombs dropped from airplanes, the Command of the troops operating in the Eastern sector of Trentino-Tirol, has ordered the following: Whoever discovers bombs, hand grenades and projectiles of whatever type, still unexploded, is obliged to not touch them and to prevent others from touching them, and to … Continue reading Official Pronouncements World War I, 1916