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Famiglia LOSAVIO

LOSAVIO family

 

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Salvatore LOSAVIO
by Vincent Dispenza - Traduci in ITALIANO


At the age of 13 Salvatore LoSavio of Alia, Sicily embarked on the ship SS Giova from Palermo, destination New Orleans, Louisiana (USA). It was the month of June 1892.


On the same ship traveled also from Alia was Domenico (Damiano) Catalano and his wife Rosalie Puglisi. He, Salvatore left in Alia his father, Rosolino Lo Savio and mother, Maria Sagona and two brothers Antonino and Giuseppe and a sister (name unknown). Antonino followed him to America few years later. Giuseppe remained in Alia.

We assume that Salvatore LoSavio worked on the sugar plantations in St.James Parish, Louisiana where Domenico Catalano was an overseer.

From civil records in our possession Salvatore LoSavio purchased property in the year 1907 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at 2254 Highland Road, street called then Louisiana Ave. Few blocks away Domenico Catalano was operating a Dairy Farm on East Polk St. then called Jefferson St. He, Salvatore established a business of Black Smith. For years he was the only Black Smith in this Baton Rouge area.
The year 1911 Salvatore married Vincenza Catalano, daughter of Domenico Catalano. She was only 17 years old. Because of his sense of Duty and Honor to Italy The day after his wedding he went back to Italy. He was called to military duty by the Italian Government because of the war between Italy and Turkey which Italy won. There he remained for almost a year. In December 1912 he was back in Baton Rouge and became American citizen.

He opened again his Black Smith shop were he made horseshoes, repaired wagons and built trucks bodies, installed trucks frames with parts he imported from Detroit, Michigan. Salvatore LoSavio and Vincenza (Virginia) Catalano had 10 children. See attached photos. Salvatore built another building for his wife to operate as successful LoSavio Food Store in Baton Rouge at 2254 Highland Road. See attached photo.
Few years later after he purchased another piece of property and opened a successful Laundry Business for his children to operate as Highland Dry Cleaners for many years.
Salvatore LoSavio was an avid fisherman. He was known as the best fisherman in Baton Rouge. He was always in touch with his family in Italy. We are in possession of correspondence letters with his brother, Giuseppe's children Salvatore, Maria, Giuseppina, Angeli in Alia and his niece and Godchild Sister Teresa, Mother Superior of the orphanage institute in Caronia (Messina) Sicily.
The family of Salvatore LoSavio was a very religious family. One of his daughter became a Domenican Nun. Sister Mary Madeline. They were parishioners of St. Agnes Church in Baton Rouge. They never charged the Church for the laundry for the Church, the priests and the Convent, til the business closed about 1990.
Historical informations were provided by Salvatore LoSavio grandson, Victor Musso, son of Rosalie LoSavio in Baton Rouge.

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