Categories: Sicilian Immigrants to New York.
Rosario Loiacono is born in Palermo, the son of Andrea Loiacono and Anna Florio. Two records confirm Rosario's birthdate as 24 February 1893: his registration for WWI, and the record of his death.
At the time of his WWI draft registration, Rosario is a high school student at Evander Childs HS and requests exemption because he is supporting his parents.
Rosario appears in the 1920 US census, living in the Bronx with his parents and siblings. They immigrated in 1902. His parents are Andrew, 50 (b. 1870), and Anna, 48 (b. 1872). Rosario is the oldest of ten children at home, age 27. He was naturalized in 1917. Rosario works as a store clerk, and his next two oldest brothers work as plasterers.
Rosario marries Marietta Tavolacci on 22 January 1921 in the Bronx. Marietta is 23 (b. 1898) and was born in Villafrati.
Rosario, reportedly age 34 (b. 1896), and his wife Mary, also 34, appear in the 1930 census. They live next door to Mary's parents. Although they have been married for nine years, Rosario and Mary have no children. He is a building salesman. His father in law, Joseph Tavolacci, 58 (b. 1872), is a plasterer. Still living at home with Joseph and Paulina are Annette, 25 (b. 1905), who is an office clerk, and Dominick, 23 (b. 1907), a plasterer.
Rosario's WWII draft card gives an address at Digney Ave that is a match for his 1943 letter in support of Angelo di Carlo's release from internment. Angelo and his brothers were arrested shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and Angelo was still interned fourteen months later. Rosario and Angelo are related through marriage: Mary's brother, Dominic Tavolacci, is married to Louise Castro, who is both Angelo's niece (through her mother) and his cousin (through her father). As part of a campaign of letter writing on Angelo's behalf, Rosario attests in a letter signed and notarized on 3 June 1943, that he is a veteran of the US Army, lives in the Bronx, and works in a federal shipyard in Kearney, NJ. Like the other letter writers, Rosario's focus is on military service and Angelo's integrity. Like the others, Rosario says he would sponsor Angelo if he were released from internment.
Rosario dies in the Bronx in March 1975, at the age of 82.
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