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Meglio & Aidala

Updated April 26, 2001

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Frank Meglio & Anna Maria Cifelli Meglio emigrated to the USA from the Naples area of Italy circa 1900-06, with two of their children J. Anthony Meglio and Philomena Meglio. They lived at 336-338 E 12 St in Mahattan in 1909. They subsequently moved to 104-49 46 Ave, Corona, NY. They were both born in 1877. They both lived in Corona until their deaths. They had seven children altogether. Frank had his own barber shop on National St. in Corona. They are my maternal grandparents.
Joseph Aidala & Benedetta LoCastro Aidala emigrated to the USA from Catania Sicily in early 1900's. They first lived in Providence, Rhode Island. They lived for a time on Forsythe St. in Mahattan. They subsequently moved to 104-07 Corona Ave., Corona, NY. They had 5 children: Thomas, Mary, Francesco, Jenny, & Benjamin. They both lived there until their deaths. Benedetta died during the Spanish Influenza epidemic along with her two youngest Jenny & Benjamin. They were all buried in the same casket, and are interred at Calvary Cemetary in Woodside, Queens. Joseph went to the University of Rome and earned a diploma as a veternarian. Because of licencing laws, he was prohibited from legal practice. He would barter for goods and services from local merchants by caring for their horses. At different times he operated a sheet music store and a tobacco shop in the stores on the first floor of his dwelling on Corona Ave. After Benedetta's death, Thomas, Mary, and Francesco were put into a Catholic orphanage operated by the Srs. of St. Joseph in Flushing, Queens, because Joseph was unable to care for them. They remained there for several years until Joseph found a woman to care for them at home. Joseph's father was Gaetano Itala, and his mother may be Giovanna Itala. These are the names on the gravestone in Calvary Cemetary. I do not know how or why the name was changed. I do not know anything about Joseph's parents, but the years of birth and death.

 
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