Sunday, August 19, 2007
Imagine my surprise when my hubby was reading my latest post and had a HUGE image of the census on his screen! When I asked how he got that, he looked mildly confused and said "I just clicked on the image." D'oh! Ok, I hadn't tried that.
So for all those of you (if any) who, like me, hadn't figured this out: Click on the image to get a larger view of it. It makes things like the census much easier to read. To get back to the blog, just hit your browsers "Back" button.
And thank you to my hubby for the tip (and not pointing out that I was being a ditz).
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
I was looking at the image on the blog page you sent me of Joseph and his family. You have it labeled as being in front of a reservoir. It is not one of the reservoirs, but appears to be at the headworks where water first enters the pipelines to get to Portland. The railing and the background appear to be more consistent with the headworks, which are up in the Bull Run Reserve. Back then it would have been a nice day trip for a family outing. It's not so easy to do so these days.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
The above maps show the probable route the Parisi and Albertini families took to come to America. The top one shows (in red) the entire journey from Premione to Portland, while the bottom one is a close up of a segment of the trip: from Trento to Le Havre.
Trento to Le Havre, France by train
Le Havre to New York City by liner (Le Bretagne)
Sunday, April 01, 2007
Saturday, March 17, 2007
This photo was one of the many wonderful one shared with me by the Baldrica family. It shows Joseph Marco Parisi standing in front of one of the Portland reservoirs with some of his family in 1925. From left to right: Pietro Parisi (Uncle Pete), Henry (Hank), Joe Baldrica (Mary's husband), Mary Parisi Baldrica (Joseph's daughter), Marina (his wife) and Joseph Parisi. Notice how jaunty Mary looks in her jodphurs and boots (quite daring and modern in 1925).
The reservoirs and the Portland Water Works were a huge part of the Parisi family history, and Joseph Marco, along with countless other Italians, were a huge part of the early Water Works history. I wanted to explore some of that history in this blog entry.
Portland began construction of 24 miles of pipeline from Bull Run to the city in 1893. This was a HUGE public work project, made larger because the Water Committee also began constructing reservoirs at Mt. Tabor and City (Washington) Park, as well as expanding the water distribution system in the city. Keep in mind that the brush clearing, ditch digging, road building and everything else was done largely by hand. The modern machinery we are used to seeing on our public works projects had not yet been invented. The City of Portland needed labor, and they needed it quick.
At the same time, many events were occurring in Italy that caused the people there to think about looking elsewhere for a better place to live. I'll discuss these in a future blog soon when the topic will be immigration of the Parisi family. By the time these Italians arrived in America, the vast tracts of usable land had been or were being homesteaded. Even though they were farmers in the old country, most Italians did not move to the small farming communities because discrimination was high and they didn't want to be isolated or ignored. The Italians mostly moved into cities and became urbanized, providing the labor for jobs that no one else wanted. Because there were so many of them, discrimination against them was rampant and the wages poor.
I believe Constante Albertini was one of the first from Premione to immigrate to Portland, and secured employment with the Water Works. He probably wrote home about the opportunities he found and encouraged others to follow him. Joseph Marco was one that took him up on the offer, coming to Portland around 1890. According to Anthony Parisi, Joseph Marco's son, the Albertini's were relatives, although he wasn't sure how. My current research does not extend back far enough to show the link (but I'm working on it!). As shown in the previous blog entry, both Constante and Joseph would eventually become foremen leading the Italian crews on Water works projects.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
At this time, Joe was supporting his wife (who was pregnant) and 5 children in a home he had purchased, so he probably also had a mortgage. On $2.50/day. Wow.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
The Parisi Family from left to right: Marina holding baby Cecilia, Joseph Marco (in back), Anthony Parisi (middle front), and Mary Parisi (seated). This is the earliest photo I have of the Parisi side of my family. Since Cecilia is still a baby, and was born 16 Nov 1893, I estimate that this picture was taken about March 1894.
The photo was given to Ed Bjore by the Albertini sisters - family friends who came over from Italy with the Parisi's (more on that later!). The Original Photo was taken by Davies Studio, N.W. Cor. Third and Morrison Sts., Portland, Oregon. I've zoomed in for more detail on the photo posted above, and cleaned it up a little in Photoshop.
Sunday, March 04, 2007
The best part: Cousins! First cousins, second cousins, once-removed, twice-removed, and many more connections I haven't sat down to figure out. All wonderful people, all a lot of fun to be with, and all willing to share photos and stories. I can't even begin to describe or thank all these lovely people. It was an absolute pleasure to meet or reconnect with all of them and my new New Year's resolution is not to lose touch with any of them! I'll be talking about them in future blogs as I post their pictures and stories.
I'd also like to shout out to Ed and Pam Bjore -- thanks for putting me up (and putting up with me!) for five days, driving me around, and sharing all your research and stories! There are no better hosts or great research buddies.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
The above is the passenger list of the Hellig Olav on Oct. 5, 1926. The top two people on the list are Christian and Annie Godskesen. It is not clear from the passenger list what level of cabin the page was for (first class, steerage, etc). However, this page differs greatly from the Steerage passenger lists for aliens, so I am led to believe they didn't travel at that cabin level.
The Hellig Olav was operated by the Scandinavian-American Line Company, and from the travel brochures, it sailed from Copenhagen to Christiana (today's Oslo) to New York. You can learn more about the Hellig Olav and see pictures of the interior at http://www.timetableimages.com/maritime/images/scam.htm
SS Hellig Olav
Sailing from Copenhagen on Sept. 24, 1926
Arriving at port of New York on Oct. 5, 1926
Name: Godskesen, Christian
Marital Status: Married
If Native, name of place of birth: Multnomah County, Oregon
If Naturalized, give name and location of court issuing naturalization papers, and date:
Multnomah County, Oregon Aug: 26th 1891
Address in US: to Home 826 Michigan Ave: Portland, Oregon
Name: Godskesen, Annie
Marital Status: Married
If Native, name of place of birth: ditto marks indicating same as line above (husband)
If Naturalized, give name and location of court issuing naturalization papers, and date: ditto marks indicating same as line above (husband)
Address in US: ditto marks indicating same as line above (husband)
Some Notes on above:
1) Since this page was used for Naturalized Citizens, the "Place of Birth" Column appears to have been used to record the person's final destination.
2) This is obviously not the passage that first brought them to America. It probably was a visit back to the Old Country, to visit relatives, perhaps attend a special wedding or celebration. However, the naturalization date and location of the court that approved Christian's paperwork are a gold mine. I will obviously be writing/visiting them to get a copy!
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
They immigrated from Denmark to the Portland area, and married in about 1894 (I'm working on finding their marriage data!) and had the following children:
= William Christian Godskesen (31 Mar 1895 - Oct 1975)
[Note: William shortened his surname to Godsen sometime after his marriage)
= Amelia Cecilia Godskesen (05 Mar 1897 - 16 Jul 1960)
= Franklin Edward Godskesen (Abt. 1902 - 13 Nov 1922)