Friday, 13 January 2017

on Rua Rio Grande do Sul, 390...circa 1945

from left to right front row and then anti-clockwise: Francisca de Oliveira, Antonia Amorim, Petra, Altina Rosa de Jesus; Nadir Martins, Nair Martins, Maria Rosa Amorim and non-identified girl.

According to a conversation I had over the telephone with aunt Dulce Roza Amorim Coelho on 12 January 2017 - the story goes:

As pessoas desta foto, começando com as que estão em pé, da esquerda p'ra direita: a criança primeira eu não conheço; a segunda é a Maria Rosa; a próxima é a Nair Martins, irmã do Zé Martins, e a outra é a Nadir Martins, minha querida irmã-de-criação. 

Na fileira da frente vem a Francisca de Oliveira, a Antonia Amorim, e vem a Petra, colega da Antonia, filha da espanhola dona Mateia e, finalmente, minha Mãe, Altina Rosa de Jesus. A foto foi batida em frente de nossa casa na Rua Rio Grande do Sul, 390.


Nair Martins & Nadir Martins

Nair & Nadir were sisters. Their mother Catharina Maria Nazareth died in 1941, when she was only 33 years old and left 5 children of various ages that were taken away by strangers to be raised in some rural property near Ourinhos or Avaré-SP.

Catharina was one of my grandfather Fernando Antonio Amorim's sister Emilia Maria Nazareth's two daughters - the other was called Francisca Maria Nazareth aka Chica.

Catharina married Domingos Martins when she was 17 years old and they had 5 children:

José Martins - 10 September 1926
Nair Martins - born circa 1928
Francisca Martins
Nadir Martins - 19 July 1937
João Amorim - who was registered as Virgilio Amorim's son.

After Catharina's death, Domingos simply up & left his children never to return. So the kids were scattered around rural properties (sitios). Zé Martins who was 14 years old and could fend for himself went to Marilia and stayed with his grandmother Emilia known in the family as Tia Nenê.

After some time, a man visiting Marilia told Fernando Amorim that he had been to a 'sitio' where he saw those children being abused and in a precarious situation. Fernando went to the rural property and took all of them back to Ourinhos. Fernando asked his younger brother Virgilio Amorim - who always wanted to have a baby boy but had only daughters - to take João Martins, Catharina's youngest child and register him as João Amorim. So João Martins became João Amorim.

Then, Fernando took Nair and Nadir Martins - who was only 2 years old - to be raised as his own children in Marilia. Nair was already a young lady of 13 who could not read or write. Fernando paid a woman to teach the girl the ABC but Nair never quite adapted to her new home.

Nair had the habit of lying through her teeth. Fernando thought it a most disagreeable feature and told her if she continued this practice he would have to let her go. Fernando would take her back to Ourinhos where they spotted Domingos Martins who had remarried and had a brand-new family.

By that time Dulce Amorim (14) and Nair Martins (15) were working at Fiação Macú, all the way on Rua São Luiz next to Vila São Miguel - where they handled silk cocoons in boiling vats to extract the silk threads that would be rolled into reels to be sent somewhere else to be turned into fabric. Dulce says Nair would not show up for work for days on end and when Fernando would query her she simply gave the most outrageous lies as an answer.

Fernando thought he was going nowhere with Nair and as he had warned took her back to Ourinhos and left her with her father Domingos and his new family. It didn't take long for Nair to get married to Joaquim Maciel and have many children.

It seems Nair didn't hold any grudge against Fernando Amorim's family. Dulce says Nair would write letters from Ourinhos even after she got married maybe just to enjoy the power of being able to communicate through paper and pen. After all, she was literate only because she had lived under the guidance of her great-uncle.   

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Beatriz Scarpetti weds Francisco de Almeida 1959

1959 was a momentous year for the Darin family. When Marco Giovanni Battista Da Rin Zoldan aka João Baptista Darin, 87 years old, died of natural causes on 28 August 1959, her grand-daughter Beatriz Scarpetti who had aldready set her wedding date for 17 December 1959 thought she would have to cancel it. But the 'aunties' - her mother Angela Darin's sisters wouldn't hear of it and told Bia to go ahead with her plans so the wedding date was confirmed even though most of the female members of the Darin family were still wearing Black as mourning for the Patriarch. So here are some photos of Bia's wedding Chico on a Wednesday afternoon at Santo Antonio's church. 
Beatriz Scarpetti enters Santo Antonio's main isle with her brother Alecio Scarpetti being led by a very circumspect Herminia Maria Batista as the flower-girl.
Alecio gives his sister Beatriz away to her future husband Francisco de Almeida.
the newly-weds leave the altar towards the church front-door... Herminia keeps her face unmoved all the time...
Beatriz & Chiquinho; Herminia's ordeal is almost at an end...
Beatriz & Chico already man & wife; Alecio Scarpetti & his wife Maria Puerta on the right.

look who's all alone by the table with the wedding cake - on the right-hand-side... yes, Herminia, the flower-girl.
here's Beatriz in an earlier photo with her future flower-girl, Herminia Maria Batista.

some comments by FB users about Francisco de Almeida;

Corbi Bragas writes on 24 November 2016: casamento do Chiquinho de Almeida da Farmácia da rua Coronel Galdino de Almeida (sem parentesco), antiga rua Barão de Bananal; ficava próxima à Retificadora Marília. O Chiquinho costurou minha cabeça rachada, rs.

Nelson Fukai writes: Tomei muita injeção na Farmácia do Chiquinho. Um morenão forte era o responsável pelas aplicações e era xingado muito pela criançada. A farmácia era vizinha do Bar do Barbosa, onde chorões se reuniam no final da tarde para se divertirem tocando Pixinguinha, Waldyr de Azevedo, Jacob do Bandolim, entre outros. Mas o 'Brabo', do ferro-velho que tinha do outro lado da rua, não era muito a fim. Afinal, o sobrinho era um dos membros dos Sentimental Boys.
Regina Aparecida Perpétuo writes: Nelson Fukai brindando-nos sua excelente memória. Ai vai foto dos Sentimental Boys. O Brabo é o que toca acordeon. Não sei se é o Nilson ou Nivaldo. E a preferencia do morador da frente era sertaneja.

Nelson Fukai: o Brabo da orquestra, acho, que morava na rua 24 de Dezembro entre a Cel. Galdino e a Avenida Rio Branco.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Ramiro Ribeiro 1938-1977

Ramiro Ribeiro was born in Marilia on 4 March 1938. According to records I found at Santo Antonio's vestry he was baptized as Romiro Ribeiro on 29 May 1938, having Jose dos Santos as godfather and Ana Amelia as godmother. Ramiro was known almost universally as Ramilo. Maybe because illiterate people would think that Ramiro was mispelt and decided to 'correct' what was actually right. So RAMILO it turned out to be. 

Ramilo's mother Joana Ribeiro eventually married Joaquim Pavão de Oliveira aka as Quincas, who was my grandmother's Albina Rosa de Jesus's brother. 

Albina Rosa de Jesus came from a large family in Sao Sebastião do Rio Bonito-RJ (now it is called Pentagna) and when she married Fernando Antonio Amorim, they moved to Ourinhos-SP in 1918, fleeing the Asian flu aka Spanish flu that had spread world-wide during the demobilization of troops that killed each other in Europe between 1914 and 1918.

Albina's baby sister Margarida and younger brother Quincas also made the trip to Ourinhos-SP and by 1933 everyone had re-located to Marilia where they lived in various places.

Quincas died on 11 August 1951, when he was only 43 years old and left Joana and Ramilo grieving. 

Ramilo was 13 years old then. Mother & son shared a wooden-house on Rua Lima e Costa, 1075, with Margarida and her de-facto husband Domiciano, a half-breed from Ceará.

I remember visiting our second aunt Margarida (who was really my father João's aunt) in her shack on Rua Lima e Costa and then go around into the back of the lot to visit Joana who lived 'parede-meia'. They were all very poor but very friendly. My Mother always took some gifts and we sat down on tia Margarida's double-bed to talk. Margarida was a really thin woman, smoked straw cigarettes and had a funny laughter which mingled with her constant cough. 

This was circa 1958 and Ramilo, who was 20 years old, was working as a shop assistant at Livraria Brazil, a great stationary place on Avenida Sampaio Vidal, just past Rua 9 de Julho, on the left-hand side of one going towards Paço Municipal (read further account below the photos).  

Ramiro Ribeiro at Saint Anthony's vestry in 1957. Fernando Guarda is the priest at the centre.

Ramiro Ribeiro as an altar-boy at Santo Antonio circa 1957.
altar boys leading the procession down Avenida Sampaio Vidal. 
Ramiro swinging the chacoal incense holder (turíbulo) - keeps on going ahead until they will reach Sao Bento's cathedral. 

Suddenly, in December 1960, when I was 11 years old, we left Marilia and moved to Sao Paulo. I never saw those extended-family relatives anymore. I visited Marilia in 1963, but there was no time to see everyone. 

Joana Ribeiro died in 1964. Two years later, on 30 April 1966, tia Margarida died in a hospital so that family nucleus made up of 4 people - Joana, Ramiro, Margarida & Domiciano - came to an end. 

Not long after Joana's death or even before she died, Ramiro found work at DER - Departamento de Estrada de Rodagem - a government agency and moved to Sao Paulo. I remember meeting Ramiro by mere chance in front of Cine Ipiranga on a Sunday afternoon circa 1964 or 1965 when that area was really up-market, meaning it was the heart of the city. 

Actually, not long before Joana died she had adopted a boy they called Luiz Carlos and when Ramiro moved to Sao Paulo, he brought the boy along and raised him as his own son. From what I remember, Ramiro shared a place with Nercidio Silva, a friend of his from Marilia who also worked for DER. 

In the mid 1970s, I couldn't precise the year, Ramiro went missing. He wouldn't show up at his work, he wouldn't come home to the place in Osasco-SP, he shared with Nercidio and Luiz Carlos. 

After a week or so, Nercidio was notified by the Police to identify a body that had been found drowned in a river or stream. He asked my aunt Dulce Roza Amorim Coelho to go with him to the IML (Forensic Medicine Centre) in Osasco-SP. Dulce told me the body was bloated and in an advanced state of putrefaction. It was difficult to say whether it was Ramiro's body... Nercidio said that the green short was the same Ramiro wore the last time he'd seen him... and Dulce said she noticed that the body was in a certain position that she recognized as being Ramiro's typical body language. Even though they were not a 100% sure they thought it HAD to be Ramiro's body... And it must have been true because Ramiro never came back.

it's a tiny photo but one can see Ramiro croching on the left... at Mario Amorim's wedding at Santo Antonio's on 27 July 1958. The smiling boy in the foreground is my brother Fernando Amorim. 
here's Ramiro inside Santo Antonio's attending Mario Amorim's wedding to Edes Garbellini; the boy on the left is my brother Fernando Antonio Amorim; my Mother Yolanda is in the background holding Sandra Helena who was only 1 and a half year old. 
outside Santo Antonio's after Mario Amorim's wedding on 27 July 1958; João Pavão is standing on the right - wearing white trousers; the man in the back wearing hat is Virgilio Amorim who came all the way from Ourinhos-SP to see the wedding of his nephew; next to Virgilio is Domiciano who was married to Margarida Rosa de Jesus, my Grandmother's sister; the next man is Günther Karg, married to Antonia Amorim; crouching from left to right is Paulo Cesar de Oliveira also from Ourinhos-SP and João Amorim, my dearest father.  
Edes Garbellini kisses her father's hand while in the background Domiciano & Margarida Rosa de Jesus watch - 27 July 1958.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Rua Campos Salles, 350 Marília-SP

my second-cousin Paulo Roberto Camargo, his sister Mariângela and their aunt Beatriz Scarpetti having my grandfather Giovanni Battista Darin's house in the background. The original wooden house was torn down circa 1934 and a brick house was built circa 1949.
Beatriz commands the children: Mariângela Camargo, Beatriz, Herminia Maria Batista, José Carlos Batista & Paulo Roberto Camargo.
Beatriz Scarpetti resting on the stoop that leads to the causeway that connected my Grandfather's varandah with the street gate. See the lamplight in the background.   

Paulo Roberto at the back yard of the house on Rua Campos Salles, 350. See the picket fence that divided my Grandfather's house from the house next door which was still made out of wood. 
In the backyard circa 1952: Rosa Darin, Angela Darin holds her grandson Paulo Roberto Camargo, Edson Scarpetti looks on from behind - between Paulo & Angela; Betty Scarpetti Camargo & Beatriz Scarpetti. 

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Rosa Darin religious articles

Rosa Darin (1915-1996) was a very religious lady. She was born in São José do Rio Pardo-SP and moved to Alto-Cafezal-Marília in November 1927 when she was only 12 years old. 

As the Darin Family always lived on the Alto Cafezal side of town, Rosa used to go to church at Santo Antonio's in its various phases. 

Here are some religious articles Rosa left when she died in 1996.






Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Prefeitura de Marilia


Prefeitura de Marilia on the corner of Rua 9 de Julho and Rua Sao Luiz. It was built in the early 1930s. My grandfather Giovanni Battista Da Rin Zoldan had a mixed-business shop on the very spot which he had opened in early 1928. The business went bankrupt because my Grand-dad was naive and sold on credit to people who never paid back. Mr. Darin who was born in Belluno, Italy in 1871, arrived in Brazil in 1888 and lived most of his life as a farmer in São José do Rio Pardo-SP.

He made a little capital and at the age of 56 he thought he'd start a new life as a small business man and moved to Alto-Cafezal-Marilia in November 1927. He'd should've known better than enter a new medium at such a late age. 

After that he worked as a book-keeping man for a few sound business men in Marilia and found means to support his large family for 32 years until his death in 1959.