In the spring of 1913 in the small town of Miglionico,Italy,a young man of 22 fell in love.She was younger and beautiful and she seemed to enjoy his flirtations.It was going to be a wonderful summer!The world seemed new and full of promise.Young love and hope and dreams...until
The girl was the local mayors daughter and she was engaged to a man of the fathers choice.My grandfathers coming arund and spoiling his plans didn't sit too well with the mayor and the story goes that he told my grandfather to leave the town,leave Italy,or you will be killed.
My grandfather not being a stupid man arranged for passage on the first ship out of there and on June 25 1913 aboard the S.S.MOLTKE he sailed from Naples and arrived at the Port of New York July 8 1913.
Francesco GEORGIO became Frank George .Immigration officers could not understand his heavy accent and wrote what they heard.He was supposed to go to an uncle who lived in Amsterdam,New York and work under an apprenticeship,but one look at the New York skyline changed those plans forever.
He settled in Brooklyn,New York,went into what was known as The "Rag" business.Later it became the basis for the Garment district and the Notorius Racketts.My grandfather liked being on his own,not under anyones rules he turned down the offers and made a nice business in materials.
One night,he dreamed that he met a young Italian girl form Italy,and the next day while working he bumped into her on the sidewalk!He didn't need a lightning bolt to tell him "she" was the one.They married,had children and built their life in the new world.
Francesco GEORGIO/Frank GEORGE
Born:November 15 1890
from Naples,Italy,June 25,1913,arrving,Port of New
York,July 8 1913.
LIST # 208
Georgio,Francesco 22 Single Miglionico,Italy
US Dept.of Labor
Bureau of Naturalization
Certificate of Arrival # 2-18184
Declaration of Intention #183041
Petition for Naturalization # 227687
Certificate of Citizenship # 4238323
MARRAIGE:Church of the Nativity
44 Second Ave.
New York,New York
June 20 1920
Donato Dec 08 1920
Gaetana Jan 24 1922
Antonino Oct 08 1923
Frank Mar 21 1925
Frances Feb 06 1931
DEATH CERT # 156-73-400688
Jan. 12 1973 83 yrs.
Middle Village,Queens,New York
Probate Proceeding File # 2524-74
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