Date of Arrival
ANTONIO: MAY 20, 1904
TERESINA: MAY 19, 1905
Age on Arrival
Port of Departure
ANTONIO LONGO AND TERESINA MACCHIAROLI
By Barbara Tardugno-Cardino Florio
Warm, loving, playful, happy, kind, religious and always reading the bible are some of the words used to describe my grandpa, Antonio Longo. He was handsome with blue eyes and red hair, which later
turned gray and about 5'7” tall, although I always thought him to be much taller. Antonio was born on April 26, 1876. His parent's were Giuseppe Longo, and Maria Carmela Longo. His family were farmers
(contadini). They belonged to St. Michele Arcangelo Parrocchia in Bellosguardo. His sisters and brothers are Angela Benegna born 1874, Francesco born in 1878, Rosina born 1879, Giovanni Agostino born
1883 and Arsemio born 1881.
Teresa Macchiaroli was a warm, fun loving and happy person. She was born on September 24, 1881. Her parent's were Maria Luiga Salerno and Salvatore Macchiaroli. They were all born in Bellosguardo but some
great grandparents were born in Ottati and Castel San Lorenzo also in Salerno. There were six children born to Salvatore Macchiaroli and Maria-Luigia Salerno. In birth order were Amalia, Teresina, Rosario,
Oreste, Carolina and Achille.
Teresina's parents owned a wheat mill and were not exactly poor. They hired many towns' people to work in the mill. She owned her own pony as a young girl. Her father was business traveler who went to Peru in
South America to invest in property and sell his wine (which turned to vinegar). He was lost among the natives for seven years until found by a party and returned home.
Teresa and Antonio fell in love, but had to wait for approval from her father to get married, who was on his way home from South America. Her mother wanted her to marry someone more affluent than she, but
her father wanted her happiness at any cost. They married on September 13, 1902, and had two children Joseph and Mary born in Italy. Gramps tried to work for the Macchiaroli's but Gram saw it was not his thing, so they talked about coming to America.
Grandpop came to America the first time and went to Pittsburgh with some paesani to work in the mines. He was not happy with the minefields and went back to Italy with some of his countrymen. He then
came to Philadelphia on May 20th, 1904 on the Prince Line steamship “IL Piemonte”, by passport leaving Naples and arriving at New York's Ellis Island. He came with his brother Giovanni Agostino listed as age
14, and went to live with his cousin Giuseppe Palamone in South Philadelphia. Giovanni went back to Italy to stay.
Teresa left Naples on April 30, 1905 on the La Veloce Steamline, sailing on the steamship Citta Di Reggio, and arriving at New York's Ellis Island on May 19, 1905. With her were her first two children Joseph and Mary (listed as Louise). As with all Italian women, she boarded with her maiden name Macchiaroli. The children listed with their father's name, Longo. Her two brothers left Italy for Pittsburgh, and when they would visit, she put out a feast for them. She was so happy to see them. Doing genealogy for some years now, I have found many Macchiaroli heroes, one being Rosario Macchiaroli.
Antonio was naturalized September 11, l911. He as well as my grandmother, and father's parents, Maria Giuseppa Albano and Giuseppe Tardugno are on the 1998 wall of honor at Ellis Island. This
year I entered my parents Louise Longo and James Cardino even though my parents were born in America. My husband Michael parent's are also listed on the wall of honor, Mariana Cassese and Francesco
Florio from Naples.
Teresa and Antonio had eight more children in their new country, Amalia, Luiga (my mother), Salvatore, Oreste, Silvano, Lucia, Vittorio and Agostino. My mother Louise (Luiga) met my father through his aunt
who lived in Philadelphia. Before the wedding, my mother went out to the balcony in my grandparent's bedroom, while my father and the bridal party serenaded her with song. This was the tradition for
Americans born in Philadelphia. After they married she moved to Brooklyn where their four children were born. We traveled back and forth many times for visits and still do.
Around the l9l0's, he had a house custom built at 526 Carpenter Street, intersecting with Fairhill Street but between 5th and 6th Streets in South Philadelphia. Fairhill Street was a very narrow street where a very narrow car could fit and be driven very slowly. He chose that location to be close to the wharf so he could buy his vegetables and fruits and fish to sell. Gram would sit behind the register with a sewing machine making clothing for her children. He had a horse named Dick and a wagon to go selling his food. He also used the front parlor as his store as well as the front sidewalk. My cousins and I took many pictures on his horse and wagon.
At the other end of Carpenter Street, but on the same block, grandfather had vacant property he used to grow his vegetables. We were in his garden many times when we were children. His favorite place to read
his bible was on his leather chair by a window in the dining room. We all waited supper until grandpa finished his prayers.
He was strict with his children when they were growing up. I remember one story my mother telling me was when they were in St. Mary Magdalene di Pazzi Catholic School. An American born boy would
make fun at my mother and her siblings, calling them names like wop, etc. Grandpop went over to him and reminded him his children had a fairer complexion than he did, and thereby boxed his ears. As quiet and
religious as he was, no one would be allowed to mess with his children. He also belonged to a society in which the sect wore white gloves. They were all Italians and would meet on Sunday only. He also was
active in farm camp settlement house for children. Grandmom taught tatting there. Not many people knew tatting and they were so happy she was there to teach them.
Whatever groceries were not sold for the day, was cooked for his family. Gram counted the money when he came in from work. Dinner was promptly at 6 P.M. One day while he was at work a chip went into his
eye in a Pittsburgh mine that blinded him. This may have happened on his first trip in Pittsburgh or later on here in Philadelphia at the quarry. We all remember different stories. They all prayed to St. Lucy and
promised to name the next girl Lucy after St. Lucy. His eye did recover.
He loved to sing and so did his children. They would sing many songs together and Uncle Sam and Uncle Victor would record them on records. We have those records, as well as records of the entire family
when we all got together. These records were put on tapes, and mostly all of the cousins have copies. There are many songs with Grandpa and his sons singing the Cavale (horse) song in Italian. We also have
records of Grandma singing “God Bless America” off key. What a treasure for us.
He would sit his grandchildren on the kitchen radiator sing pasta and peas song in Italian. “Pasta e pacella e colore di con ella e cusanta mesi. We loved to be around him, and were very proud of him.
Teresina died on November 20, 1946, at 65 years of age. Philadelphia was a mixed neighborhood. She was very kind and helpful to people of all races. At her funeral, people from all walks of life followed her casket
to the church.
One day while working in his garden, he fell and broke his left hip. Gangrene set in and the poison went through his system affecting his heart. I remember his walking bent over some and suspect he may
have also had osteoporosis.
Custom was to hang a big bow with instructions about the funeral on the front door when someone passed away. The bow for our grandfather was hung on July 30th, 1954. He died at Jefferson Hospital.
He was operated on his right hip the day before. He joined our grandmother on August 3rd at the Holy Cross Cemetery.
Grandpop was the last of our grandparents, and boy do we miss him. They left behind ten children and thirty grandchildren, and lord knows how many great-grandchildren. They will always be in our thoughts and prayers, as a kind and loving grandparents. Guess Grandpa just wanted to be with his Teresina.
(Left) ANTONIO LONGO & TERESINA MACCHIAROLI (Right)ROSARIO MACCHIAROLI
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