Antonio Astorino ,Calabria to WV
My name is Ralph (Astorino) Storage. Our name was Americanized (unfortunately) sometime around 1917 due in part to prejudices against Italiansin West Virginia.My father was Antonio (Tony) Astorino.He came to this country with a brother (twin) who died in a drowning accident.
Tony Astorino was born June 3, 1869 in San Giovanni de Fiore, Calabria, Italy He arrived in America on an unknown ship around 1890 and worked until he had earned enough money to go back to Italy and bring his first wife and children back to America. Tony's first wife was Katharine Nicolletti and together they had five children (Angeline, Frank, Mary, John, and Felix) Katharine died during the influenza epidemic during WWI.
Tony then married Theresa (Elizabeth) Varca (my mother) who also was from San Giovanni .
My father settled in the coal mining region of central West Virginia by way of Pennsylvania.
If San Giovanni has any interest to you, check out my sons web page for photos at: