The birth date that appears on Stefano's naturalization records is 28 December 1881.
His SSN is 117188381. This record confirms his date and city of birth, and the names of his parents.
He has a younger cousin of the same name, born in 1888, who is also known as Steve LaSalle, a criminal associate of Giuseppe Morello, and a known member of the Lucchese crime family in New York City as late as the 1970s. The cousins are named after their mutual paternal grandfather, as is traditional for the first born son.
Another mutual first cousin of the two Stefanos is Frank Moscato, who is also a known Morello associate.
Vincent di Carlo's history of his family indicates that Stefano, who marries Francesca Castro, is born 12 January 1884 in Marineo. This does not appear to be correct. Stefano Lasala is record no. 17 in the civil birth records for Marineo in 1884. However, his parents' names are not a match for the later marriage record to Francesca. This Stefano, born 13 January 1884, is the son of Tommaso Lasala and Caterina Scianna. A margin note on this birth record says that this Stefano later marries Crocifissa Esaltata. A death record for an infant may be the child of the man from Marineo. Maria La Sala, born 6 June 1916, dies 29 March 1917 at 217 Elisabeth, in Manhattan. She is buried the next day in Calvary Cemetery. This record calls her mother "Esaltata." Stefano Lasala, born 12 January 1884, dies in New York in December 1974 at the age of 90. His last place of residence was Brooklyn.
Stefano has a brother, Isidore, who was born in Marineo in 1895.
Based on his 1943 affidavit, Stefano arrived on 4 October 1894 in the Port of New York.
Vincent di Carlo's history indicates Stefano immigrated 1 December 1906 through the Port of New York, four years after he marries in New York. An immigration record matching this data, does not appear to be Francesca Castro's husband, but is for a single man.
Stefano, called "Stephen" in this record, marries Francesca Castro on 22 December 1902 in Manhattan, at age 22 (b. 1880). Francesca is 23 (b. 1879). This record confirms the names of Stefano's parents, from the 1881 baptismal record. Francesca and Stefano are second cousins.
Vincent's history gives Stefano and Francesca's marriage date as being in April 1903.
Stephen and Francesca have six children: Domenica/May (1903), Luisa/Louise (1904), Francesco/Frank (1906), Anthony (c. 1907), Andrew "Babs" (1909), and Angelo Stephen (1915).
Domenica, called "Mae," is born 4 December 1903 in Manhattan.
In August 1904, Stefano, who is a builder by profession, transfers ownership of 323 and 325 105th St to The Ignatz Florio Co-operative Association Among Corleonesi. The sale mentions the value of the building, assessed during construction, suggesting these are newly built. ( P. 447) Giuseppe Morello was a director and president of the Co-op, which built tenements in the Bronx, marketed to the Italian community. The Co-op would typically sell the buildings soon after construction.
The same month, Stefano sells adjacent property, at 319 through 325 105th St, to the New York Security and Trust Company. (P. 454).
Luisa is born 30 November 1904 in the Bronx. Stefano is 23, and Francesca is 21.
In 1905, Stefano, Francesca, two of her unmarried siblings, and the Carmine Marino family, share a household in the Bronx. In the 1905 New York State Census, household number 2027 in the Bronx has three heads. The first is Francesca's brother Peter Castro, 22, and sister, Jennie Castro, 24. The next head is Stephen Lasala, 25 (b. 1880), with Francesca Paola, called "Nances" in this record, age 26, and their two infant daughters. The first child is called "Margherita" in the transcription, age one year, and is a match for Domenica's age (b. 4 Dec 1903). The second is Louisa (b. 30 Nov 1904), who is less than a year old.
The third family in this household is headed by Carmine Marino, 43, with his wife Concetta, 38, and their children: Mary, 17, Raphaele, 16, Minnie, 14, Joseph, 13, Michael, 10, Janette, 6, Rosa, 2, and John, 1. Mary and Raphaele are silk workers. Concetta and Stephen's wife, and Peter's sister, are housekeepers. Carmine is a confectioner. Stephen is a Builder, and Peter is a Plasterer. Peter, Jennie, and Francesca Paola have been in the us for eight years (1897, a match for other records), Stephen for ten (1895), and Carmine and Concetta for twenty (1885).
Stefano is naturalized on 1 March 1905 in US District Court, New York, NY. His address is 2022 Fulton Ave, Bronx. He is a builder, born 28 December 1881 in Italy. He arrived 4 October 1894 in the Port of New York. His witness is Saverio Guedero, a contractor, 347 E. 105th St, New York.
Francesco is born 13 February 1906 in the Bronx.
“In 1908… Francesco and Stefano La Sala, a father and son who had arrived on a boat from Italy at the turn of the century, started the La Sala Mason Corporation, a brick and stone contracting company in Mount Vernon." This quote comes from an article about Francesco's great-grandson, Thomas La Sala, a Pelham lawyer who is about to develop property in Bronxville.
Anthony is born in 1907.
On 12 December 1909, Andrew is born.
On 13 July 1915, Angelo Stephen, the son, is born. He appears in the 1920 census under his first name, and is called by his second name as an adult.
At the time of the WWI draft, Stefano is a macaroni manufacturer, at 3225 Arthur, New York, NY, a Bronx address. Peter Castro, who is Stefano's brother-in-law as well as his second cousin, owns a macaroni factory at this time.
Stefano's nearest relative is Francesca La Sala (this is his wife's name), at the same address. He is a naturalized US citizen, 37 years old, born 1 January 1881. Stefano is tall, of stout build, with brown eyes and hair.
In the 1920 federal census of the Bronx, taken 4 January, Stefano LaSalla heads a household. He is 39 (b. 1881), a building contractor, immigrated in 1893, naturalized in 1902 (actually, 1905). His wife, Frances, is 40 (b. 1880), who immigrated in 1897, and is also naturalized. They were both born in Italy, and their children were all born in New York City. Their children at home are Dominica, 16 (b. 1903), Louise, 15 (b. 1904), Frank, 13 (b. 1906), Anthony, 12 (b. 1907), Andrew, 10 (b. 1909), and Angelo, 4 (b. 1915).
In 1943, Stefano gives his address as 41 Durst Place, Yonkers. Based on the enumeration district, the family is already living there by the 1930 census. Pietro Castro's family lives nearby, at 57 Soundview Av.
Stefano La Salto, as he is called in this federal census, is 48, head of household, and owns his home, which is worth $50,000. (This would be more than $700,000 today. Another comparison is current home sales in the neighborhood. The address of 41 Durst is part of a double lot. On Zillow, neighboring homes are mostly valued around $500,000, with one home at over $1M.
The La Sala family owns a radio in 1930, as do 40% of American households. Stefano is a Builder Contractor. His wife, Francesca, is 49. The children are Domenica, 26, Louisa, 24, Frank, 22, Anthony, 21, Andrew, 19, and Angelo, 14. His three oldest sons are bricklayers.
In 1940, Pietro Castro and Stephen La Sala appear on the same census sheet. Stephen is 58 (b. 1882), his wife Francesca, is also 58. Their children at home are May, 35 (b. 1904), Frank (Francesco), 33 (b. 1906), and A. Stephen, 24 (b. 1915). Only Frank works outside the home, as a building contractor for his own business.
Stefano is unemployed at the time of the WWII draft, in 1942. His contact is his wife, Mrs. S. La Sala, at the same address in Yonkers.
In 1943, Steve's second cousin, once removed, Angelo di Carlo, who is a retired Italian Army officer, is the object of a letter writing campaign for his release from US internment. One of the affidavits submitted by Angelo's wife is from Stefano la Sala. According to this record, he has lived in the US since 1894, and has been a US citizen since 1905. He lives with his wife and six children, all US citizens, at 41 Durst Place, Yonkers. Stefano has been in the contracting/building business for 38 years, and known Angelo di Carlo for at least 16 years. Sixteen years before this affidavit was signed, is 1927, the year after Angelo's arrival in New York, where Steve has lived since age 13. This explains why the cousins have not known each other all their lives.
"Stefano and his four sons were in the mason (brick layer) business. They were one of the most successful mason contractors in New York, subsequently becoming multimillionaires," Vincent di Carlo writes.
Vincent records Stefano's death on 18 Oct 1954 in Yonkers, New York.
Francesca dies at age 90 in the Bronx, in December 1968.
The youngest son, Stephen, born 13 July 1915, dies in Westchester, NY at the age of 96 on 27 February 2011.
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