The Italian side of my family came from Plati, Italy in the Province of Reggio Calabria. It is my understanding that my Grandfather first came to America between approximately 1906-1909 and that later he brought my Grandmother and her family to the United States where they were married in 1914 and settled in Pottsville, PA. My Grandfather worked in the coal mines and they also ran a general store/trading post....as the story goes my Grandmother was afraid of the Indians who came into the store to buy things.
In 1916, they moved to Mishawaka, Indiana where they ran a grocery store and my Great-Grandmother, Rose ran a boarding house. My Grandfather became a naturalized citizen in 1921.
The German side of my family came from Berchtesgaten, Germany (in Northern Germany close to Berlin)and possibly lived for sometime in the German Town area of Pennysylvania.
Eventually they moved and settled in Niles, Michigan where in 1906 there was a factory that was owned and run by a man of German descent named, Francis Plym. The Kawneer plant made steel doors and hired almost exclusively German immigrants.
My Great-Grandfather Ulysses and Great-Grandmother Millie opened the first tavern after prohibition in Niles, Michigan....Albright's Tavern.Great-Grandfather Charles and his wife, Sophia settled in upper Michigan where he worked for the railroads.