Leoluca Calcaterra is born and baptized on 12 April 1883 in Corleone, the son of Francesco Calcaterra and Donna Giovanna Guarino, who married in 1877. He is named after his maternal grandfather.
Leoluca's godfather is Pietro Simonici, who is an unmarried man from Palermo.
Leoluca is called a barber when he immigrates in 1897, and a hat blocker when he applies for his first passport, in 1921.
As a teenager, Leoluca immigrates with his uncle and a cousin. The SS Werra sails from Naples on 17 December 1897 and arrives in New York on 30 December. It's not explicit on this manifest that the Calcaterras are all traveling together, or that they're from Corleone. It says only that they're Italian, not their city of origin. A bracket connects lines 12 and 13, Giuseppe Calcaterra, age 63 (b. 1834), shoemaker, and Francesca Calcaterra, 14 (b. 1883), housewife. The next line, 14, is Leoluca Calcaterra, 14 (b. 1883), a barber. Above the Calcaterras are Oliva Salvatore Giovanello?, and Biagio Berlingeri, both 16, both also shoemakers. They are all going to his uncle's son, Salvatore Calcaterra, at 235 69th St, NY.
According to unsourced data from a public member tree on Ancestry, Leoluca's father, Francesco, joins him in NY at 210 E 17th St on 23 April 1900.
He petitioned for citizenship on 1 Aug 1904 and it was not granted. His address at the time was 125 Ave D. A longer form explanation says that the records of his declaration of intention were detached from the file, apparently an abandoned effort.
He appears in the NY State census for 1905, 18th ED, Block A, as Leo Calcaterra, age 22. His father, Frank, 58, is head of household. Also in the household is his brother, Marrion, 18. All three are barbers. Frank has been in the country for 30 years and is a citizen. His sons have been in the country for 8 years.
Leoluca marries once, to Gilda/Gisela. They have one child, also named Gisela (c. 1906). According to an unsourced public member tree on Ancestry, Gisela is born in Missouri.
In the 1910 federal census, Bronx AD 32, Dist. 1426, he appears as "Seoluke Calcaterra," age 27, and his wife Gisela, 22, and children Gisela, 4, and brother, Paul, 31. Also living with them is Anna Raymer, 53, a servant of German birth. Leoluca's year of immigration is a match, 1897. He is an alien resident and a wholesale merchant of olive oil. His brother, Paul, is also a wholesale merchant of olive oil. Paul immigrated in 1910. Leoluca's wife immigrated in 1890. She is Aust-German by birth. He rents their home.
It appears he was finally naturalized on 18 November 1920. His address is 176 1st Ave, NYC.
A passport application is a close match for the birth date in Leoluca's baptismal record, and matches his year of immigration and his father's name. In this record, his birthdate is given as 7 April 1883, five days before his baptism. He has lived in the US for 24 years without interruption, from 1897 to 1921 and was naturalized in New York the previous year, on 18 November 1920. He lives at 321 Court St, Brooklyn. He is a hat blocker by profession. Leoluke wants to go to Italy for six months on personal business, to visit relatives. He will be passing through the British Isles, France, Switzerland, and Gibraltar, sailing aboard the President Wilson on 28 May 1921. Sworn and signed by Leoluke Calcaterra on 18 May 1921. Witness sig is dated 17 May.
In 1930, Leo Calcaterra, age 47, and his wife Gilda, 458, appear in the US census, living in Brooklyns 32nd AD, ED 24-966, Sheet No. 12 B. Both are milliners. They rent their home for $50/mo.
A fellow Corleonese, Angelo di Carlo, is interned during WWII. According to Leoluke's 1943 statement to US government, he lives in Staten Island and has known Angelo since 1921. He can confirm that Angelo he was in Italy 1937-39.
Leoluca dies on Staten Island in September 1966 at age 83.
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