I wanted to share with you a little bit about my dad's family that came from
Gioiosa Ionica, Italy.
His family's last name was Ottobre which in Italian means October.
I have always been very proud to have Italian ancestors.
After I graduated from college in 1972,
I saved my money and went to Italy
with a girlfriend.
I saw many billboards with our last name on them.
Maybe that's why I love the month of October!
Map of Gioiosa Ionica, Italy
Here is a map of showing
Reggio di Calabria
Some Photos of Gioiosa Ionica, Italy
I went online at "The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation" and
found this passenger record of my grandfather,
I also got the Manifest for the ship,
The Trojan Prince.
My grandfather's name is listed on the bottom.
This is a photo
showing my grandfather and grandmother.
My dad, Albert Ottobre, is seated in the front left
(wearing a bow tie).
He had 13 brothers and sisters.
I love this photo.
My dad was visiting relatives in Los Angeles.
My dad is seated in the middle on the left.
For my birthday present this year,
the kids and Stan presented me with this card.
They photoshopped my face on the "Under the Tuscan Sun" movie poster
to surprise me with a trip to Italy!!
We're planning the trip now, not sure what month yet.
I'll let you know!
It brought back memories from a paper our daughter, Katie, wrote in 2000 about her great grandfather coming to America. If you'd like to read the short story, click here.
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