Michael (Michele) Garreffi is born 14 September 1878 in Reggio Calabria, Italy.
Michele is married to Maria D'Amato. They have nine children: Ida C. (c. 1907), Mary (c. 1908), James (c. 1911), Mildred/Carmella (c. 1914/5), Peter (c. 1918), Frank (c. 1920), Theresa (c. 1923), Tony (c. 1925), and Michael Jr. (1928).
In the 1920 federal census of Springfield, taken 13 January, Michele Garaffi heads a household. He is 39 (b. 1880), born in Italy, immigrated in 1890. His wife, Maria A., 34 (b. 1885), also born in Italy, immigrated in 1905. Their children at home were born in MA. They are Ida C., 12 (b. 1907), Mary, 11 (b. 1908), James, 8 (b. 1911), Mildred, 5 (b. 1914), Peter, 1.5 (b. 1918). Also in the home are Michele’s brother, Peter G., 34 (b. 1885), from Italy, who immigrated in 1906, and nephew James P., 10 (b. 1909), born in MA. Michele owns his home. He owns his business: he is an ice retail merchant. On the line for his brother’s occupation, it says he works on his own account, but not what line of work he’s in.
Michael Jr. is born 13 November 1928 in Springfield, Massachusetts. According to his obituary, he is one of nine children.
In the 1930 federal census of Springfield, MA, two Garreffi families live at 67 Marble St.:
Peter Garreffi, 44 (b. 1886), born in Italy, rents his home for $30/month. Living with him are his wife, Mary P., 35 (b. 1895), and son James, 20 (b. 1910), both born in Massachusetts. Mary’s father was born in Italy and her mother is French Canadian. Peter immigrated in 1900. He is the proprietor of a trucking company. His son, James, is a restaurant chef.
Michael Garreffi, 51 (b. 1879), born in Italy, owns his home, worth $4,000. Living with him are his wife, Maria, 45, also born in Italy, and children Mary, 21 (b. 1909), James, 19 (b. 1911), Carmella, 15 (b. 1915), Peter, 12 (b. 1918), Frank, 10 (b. 1920), Theresa, 7 (b. 1923), Tony, 5 (b. 1925), and Michael, 1 year and 9 months old (b. 1918), all born in Massachusetts. Michael, who immigrated in 1899, owns his own business as an ice man. His wife immigrated in 1905. Mary is a helper in a cotton waste factory. James is an ice man on a wagon.
In the 1940 federal census of Springfield, taken 24 April, Michael Gareffi heads a household at 67 Marble St. He is 63 (b. 1877), born in Italy, as was his wife Mary, 54 (b. 1886). Their son at home is Peter, 20 (b. 1920), born in MA. Michael and Peter are dealers in ice and fuel.
Michele Gareffi of 67 Marble St., Springfield, registers for the draft for WWII. He is 65 years old, born in Calabria, Reggio, on 14 September 1878. His nearest relative is Mary Gareffi at the same address. Michele is self employed from his home address. He is not literate. The registrar describes Michele as standing 5’4” and weighing 140#, with brown eyes, black and gray hair, and a ruddy complexion.
Michael marries Antoinette "Toni" Gorgoglione around 1955.
On 18 February 1971, Michael Garreffi, Sr., of 67 Marble St., widower of Mary D’Amato, dies in Springfield, MA. He is 92.
Michael dies at age 84 on 6 December 2012.
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