Friday, 5 December 2014

COELHO Family in Marilia-SP early 1960


back row: standing from left to right: João Egas, Mario Alves, Antonio Coelho, Dulce (Antonio's wife), Alice holding her daughter Maria do Carmo, Arlete (?), Marcolino, Pedro, José Coelho,
2nd row: (sitting down) Ana Coelho Egas with Angela with Junior & Marco: Edwiges Coelho Alves, João Marcolino Coelho, Rosa Quitéria da Conceição, Cristina Coelho, ?,  ... Luzia Coelho with ..., Dulce Roza with Paulo Cesar
front row: Aline, Maria Cristina (Ana Coelho's daughter), Roberto (Antonio's son) & Celso Silverio & Gabriel Marcolino.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Corsini family

Maria Corsini (born in São José do Rio Pardo-SP) married Jacomo Darin (born in ) and moved to Marilia-SP in November 1927. As we have already seen a previous post about Nilza Darin's tragic death in 1947, now we'll go into more details about the CORSINI family itself that stayed back in São José do Rio Pardo.


Dante Corsini was born in Pistoia in 1875. Eugenio Corsini and Clarinda were Dante's parents. Not much else is known about Dante's time in Italy or whenever he migrated to Brazil.

Fact is Dante Corsini married my grand-mother Erminia Billò's sister Antonia Billò aka Tonina some time around the turn of the century 1900.


Antonio Corsini is born in 30 June 1903 - Dante & Antonia's first child. Angela Uccela & Cartoi Tonini are his grandparents. Antonio must have died in an outbreak of yellow-fever in 1903.

Maria Corsini is born in 17 January 1905 - she will marry Jacomo Darin in 23 November 1924.

Octavio Corsini, born in 25 May 1907 - baptized in 7 July 1907 at Capella da Villa Costina; grand-parents: Baptista Piva & Luiza Uccella; he'll marry Laura M. Darin, Alegricia Pioltini & João Darin's daughter.

Guido Corsini is born in 1910; he will marry Anna Buaro circa 1935.

Angelina Corsini is born in 13 October 1912; she will marry João Mello and had Dirce (married to Maldonado). Dirceu; Darcy aka Neguinho. Angelina was one of the last Corsini to die in 1st May 1993.

Ferruccio Corsini is born circa 1915; aka Nego.

Olga Corsini is born in 1918; 7th child; Olga died in 19 November 1980 aged 62.

Orlando Corsini is born in 24 December 1920.

Geny Corsini is born circa 1923.

Helio Corsini is born in 6 November 1925

Jacomo Darin & Maria Corsini circa 1924

Maria Corsini (19) marries Jacomo Darin in 23 November 1924, the exact day Jacomo aka Jacó becomes 24 years old.

Jacomo Darin was the 3rd child born of Marco Giovanni Battista Da Rin Zoldan & Erminia Billò. He had been named after Giacomo Darin (no relation) who shared the farm with his father Giovanni Darin. Jacomo's god-father was Giacomo's brother Giovanni Darin (no relation to his namesake). As the first born (Antonio Americo) died in infancy, Jacomo (born in 23 November 1900) became the second boy, less than 2 years younger than Rissieri Darin (born in 15 January 1899).

So when Rissieri married the elementary teacher Elisa Surian in 16 June 1924, Jacomo who had been courting his cousin Maria Corsini - his mother's sister's daughter - pressured his parents to exert influence on Dante Corsini (Maria's very jealous father) to accept him as a son-in-law. Dante was dead set against this marriage but somehow ended up agreeing and they tied the knot before the year was out exactly on Jacomo's 24th birthday, a Monday.

Maria moved to her in-laws and as the Darin family also had a Maria (born in 1902 three years Corsini's senior) she became known as Mariquinha, a way to tell them apart.

Mariquinha gave birth to a still-born boy in 21 August 1926 at 3 o'clock in the morning at Fazenda Apparecida. No name is shown in the obituary. Only 'still born baby boy from uterine trauma' (traumatismo uterino).

Nilza Darin is born in 11 September 1927 - just a year after the still-birth of her baby-boy, Maria gives birth to her only daughter in Canoas-SP, a small town at the end of the line of Mogiana train track (see post about Nilza Darin for more information).

15 November 1927 - just when Nilza was 2 months old, mother, dad and the whole Darin Family moved from São José do Rio Pardo in the northern part of S.Paulo state to the new settlement of Alto Cafezal-Marilia in the south-western part of the state - settlement which was not even linked to the main train line yet.

Maria Corsini loses contact with the rest of the Corsini Family who stay back in the Mogiana Railroad area. It used to take more than 24 hours to get from A to B then. And it was expensive too.

Ecydir Darin is born in 28 September 1929 in Marilia. Ecydir aka Cidir was registered in 14 October 1919.

Odyr Darin is born in August 1931 in Marilia. Odyr is the 4th child of Corsini & Darin.

early in 1934, Angela Nani, mother of Maria, Erminia & Tonina Billò dies in Itobi-SP; Erminia Billò dies in 25 May 1934. Maria Billò married Narciso Bartolozo and left to São Sebastião da Grama-SP; later on Maria Billò with some of her children to the ABC region on the metropolitan area of the city of S.Paulo. Angelina Corsini said she ended up losing one leg when she was already an old woman.

Jurandyr Darin aka Nezinho is born in 12 June 1934.

Jacomo Darin (38) dies in 14 November 1938, leaving Maria Corsini (33) widowed with 4 children to raise: Nilza (11), Ecidyr (9), Odyr (8) and Nezinho (4).

some Marilia citizens concerned with the economic situation of Maria Corsini rallied around and she was given a position of servant in a primary school that was opening at Vila São Miguel (III Grupo Escolar) in the outskirts of town. Maria worked there until she retired some 30 years later.

I remember aunt Mariquinha so well. Mother used to visit her every now and then when I was very young until the time we moved out of Marilia in December 1960. As we lived at rua Mato Grosso we had to walk


Angelina Corsini in 1990 

Most of the information I've got about the Corsini Family was told me by Angelina Corsini (*13 Oct 1912 + 1 May 1993) circa 1990, when I visited São José do Rio Pardo a few times in search for information concerning my grand-parents marriage date. Angelina Corsini was a nice lady who used to talk freely to me at the door of her house. It's funny she never invited me inside but I never considered that negatively... some people in small towns are just like that; they can talk for hours at their gate or front door.

Angelina shed a lot of light into the many subjects I was pursuing. Angelina told me about my grand-father's only sister Marianna Darin whose son Octavio was still alive and living on the other side of town with one of his daughters. Angelina told me family secrets that were corroborated by other people later. I was really sorry to know she died suddenly in 1993.

Angelina was 7 years younger than her sister Maria Corsini aka Mariquinha who became my aunt when she married my Mother's brother Jacomo in 1924. Mind you, my Mother was only 5 years old when her brother married. In those big families it was common for older siblings to marry and have children of their own while their old parents were still giving birth to kids that were younger than their nephews and nieces.

from left to right: Helio Corsini, Angelina C., ?, ?, ?,?, Lauro Miotto, Wanda Darin, Maria Raquel Miotto, ?, ?, ?, Geny's husband, Geny Corsini, Zueleide Dutra, Maria Corsini, Valdemar Darin, Jurandyr Corsini aka Nezinho, his bride Lu.
from left to right: Zuleide Dutra, Maria Corsini, Valdemar Darin, the bride Lucineide, ?, Lu's friend, Odyr Darin's wife, Odyr, Yolanda Darin, Corina Lopes, Ecydir Darin, Rosa Darin, Maria Darin Dutra, America Darin, Deoclides Nogueira, Maria da Gloria Redondo & João Baptista Darin Filho.

Maria Corsini's youngst son Jurandyr Darin marries Lucineide in mid-1976 in Marilia.


Dante Corsini was born in the Province of Pistoia in Italy. We don't know exactly what 'comune'.

Amelia Paiva Bertonha wrote at Facebook's group Memoria de Marilia in 4 October 2014:  Em 1948, 1949, 1950 e 1951 dei aula no 3o. Grupo da Vila São Miguel como professora substituta. Só me formei em 1950, mas mesmo sem me formar, me chamavam pois havia falta de substitutas. Devo ter conhecido sua tia Maria Corsini, Carlus Maximus. Há um fato interessante sobre esse Grupo Escolar. Minha irmã Maria Nilce estava dando aula, como substituta na sala do 4º ano primário, cheio de meninos grandes, quando percebeu que caiu algo do telhado, não havia forro, que entrou em seu decote. Ela, aos gritos, constatou que era uma baratona voadora. Houve um alvoroço e os meninos queriam salva-la da tal barata... mas... teriam que por as mãos dentro do decote. Então uma servente, correu e tirou a barata. Nessa altura, Maria Nilce estava "derrotada", enojada, começou a vomitar. Poderia ser essa moça da foto. Tal fato deu-se em 1948.......

Calus Maximus answered:  olha, Amelia Paiva Bertonha, essa minha tia Mariquinha era do tipo que 'resolvia qualquer parada'. Ela era tipo 'elétrica', relativamente baixa, mas falava rápido. Seus olhos chispavam. Na verdade ela 'puxou' para o pai dela, italiano de Pistoia, que era 'duro'. Dizem que o velho Dante Corsini era tão duro, que mesmo no leito de morte (1947), ele olhava p'ra cima e 'cuspia em Deus', exclamando 'Dio cane'! Isso só p'ra você ter uma noção da 'dureza' do velho. Mariquinha não xingava Deus, mas era 'dura'. Uma barata para ela não seria nada. rs! Nessa sua história, está me parecendo que houve intervenção da tia Mariquinha. Só ela teria tido uma atitude tão rápida  e certeira assim. Obrigado por relatá-la. E me lembro também de ouvir que a Mariquinha não tinha medo de aluno 'marmanjo', pois mesmo depois de adultos eles ainda a tratavam com reverência, quando a encontravam pela cidade por acaso.

Mariquinha foi um apelido dado pelas suas cunhadas, já que já havia uma Maria (minha tia mais velha, nascida em 1902) quando ela veio morar na casa de meus avós na Fazenda Apparecida. Maria Corsini, na verdade era prima de 1o. grau do marido Jacomo Darin. Tonina Billò era a irmã mais nova de Ermina Billò, minha avó materna. 

Não tenho certeza se no III Grupo ela era conhecida como 'dona Mariquinha' ou 'dona Maria'. Ela ficou viúva em Novembro de 1938 e começou a trabalhar no III Grupo em 1939 ou 1940.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Macera family

As the original settlement of Alto Cafezal started growing fast in the 1920s many European immigrant families thought of moving to that new Eldorado. My Mother's family Darin arrived in what was already called Marilia in November 1927. They were a big family with mother, father and 12 sons and daughters plus a few in-laws.

Two of these Darin kids ended up marrying into the Macera family that arrived from Rio Claro-SP a few years later. Octavio Darin, the 8th child of my grandparents married Sebastiana Macera and later on, Olimpia Darin aka Nina, the 10th child married Domingos Macera the 7th kid from the Macera clan.

Paschoal Macera was born in Italy in 1 July 1881. We don't know much about his early life. He married Adelina Giovanni (born in 8 September 1882) in Rio Claro-SP in 20 July 1901 and had many children; 10 of which lived to adulthood.

Filomena known as Nucia, married a man called Fredemberg and had Yvone & Euri.
Sebastiana married my uncle Octavio Darin and had 2 boys: Adilson & Octavio Luiz.
Vicentina never married. She worked as a nurse at Gota de Leite and other hospitals.
Odila married Lazaro J.S.Netto (born in 21 April 1912) and had a daughter called Cleumara.
Pierina married Oswaldo Coelho and had 2 boys: Orestes & Ozires.
Emília (Zica) married Carlos Santilli and had Ofelia, Lila & Carlinhos.
Domingos (Mingo) married my aunt Olimpia (Nina) Darin and had Ariene & Aristeu.
Wilson Macera
Nelson Macera married Marizete and had a boy
Maria Macera married Armindo Arnaldo Vieira (born in 29 January 1912).

As far as I know, the Macera family moved to Marilia because son-in-law Carlos Santilli (born 11 Jan 1900), who was a bit of a business man and entrepreneur had moved to Marilia first, was involved with the football club and local society. As Santilli knew his brother-in-law Domingos (aka Mingo - born in 29 Oct 1914) was a good football player he told him he would have a brighter future moving there.

I don't really know if Mingo arrived in Marilia by himself or with his father, mother, brothers and sisters. Anyway, the whole Macera family took the morning train leaving Rio Claro-SP and arrived in Marilia at twilight one day in the early 1930s. They built a house on Rua Nelson Spielmann where they lived for decades.

When Mingo married Nina in 1938, he built a house on Rua Rio Grande do Sul, where he lived until his death in 22 Nov 1981. Other Macera sisters also moved to houses nearby Mingo's at Rua Rio Grande do Sul.

Sebastiana Macera marries Octavio Darin in 8 Dec 1936 ; Nina Darin marries Mingo Macera in 31 May 1938, 
souvenir of Octavio & Sebastiana's wedding 8 Dec 1936.
Yolanda Darin, her sister-in-law Sebastiana Macera & Octavio Darin with Joly. 
Sebastiana says 'adieu' to the Daughters of Mary in 28 Nov 1936; Paschoal Macea & Adelina Giovanni celebrate their 50th Anniversary in 20 July 1951.

Carlos Santilli (11 Jan 1900 + 23 Sep 1954); Emilia Macera Santilli (18 Dec 1906 + 30 Sep 1983); Orpheu Raphael Santilli (17 Aug 1926 + 19 Sep 1990); Marcos Aurelio Santilli (20 Oct 1964 + 10 July 1978) & Guilherme Bazzo Santilli. 

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Beatriz & Rosa Darin in Amparo - 1951

As Beatriz moved back in Marilia she and aunt Rosa Darin could travel together. They were often invited to go and visit Valdemar Darin who had been living in Amparo since got married to Zezé Nóbrega in 1948. Valdemar & Zezé had a young boy called João Batista like his grand-father and a daughter called Sueli. Here are some snapshots taken while Beatriz & Rosa stayed over in Amparo.

Rosa Darin & Sueli; Beatriz & João Batista na Caixa d'Agua de Amparo - 24 October 1951.
Zezé Nóbrega Darin & Sueli; Rosa Darin & João Batista at home in Amparo - 29 October 1951.
José Valdir, Sueli, João Batista & Rosa Darin in Amparo - 29 October 1951. 
Beatriz, nephew João Batista & niece Sueli in Amparo-SP - 24 October 1951.
João Batista Nobrega Darin, Rosa Darin, Beatriz Scarpetti & Sueli Maria N. Darin in Amparo - 24 Oct 51.
José Waldir & Beatriz Scarpetti in Serra Negra - 28 October 1951.

Lago do Carusso em Serra Negra-SP; Maria José Nóbrega, Rosa Darin, Betriz Scarpetti, José Waldir, Silvia Nobrega e Fernando - 28 October 1951.

Beatriz Scarpetti on a day trip

My cousin Beatriz Scarpetti was a very sociable young lady who always had a smile on her face and treated everyone with extreme courtesy. She was born in Marília in 1930, but her parents moved West to Santana later known as Quintana. Much later, in the late 1940s they moved to Limeira-SP but things didn't work out as planned and they moved back to Marília in the early 1950s. 

I think this series of snapshots were taken during the early years of the 1950s. At first I thought this was near Marília but I have just found out that this resort area belonged to Rancho Parque Baurú Mirim, in Baurú-SP.

Beatriz Scarpetti is the girl wearing glasses & hat at the bottom of the ladder.



At Rancho Parque Baurú Mirim in Baurú-SP. If you strain your eyes enough you'll make that out written on the façade of the house in the background on the left. 




Wednesday, 6 August 2014

MARIO AMORIM weds Edes Garbellini in 1958

Weddings in a small city in the 1950s were the most important social event in the community. Funerals were more of a somber business where one would not take snapshots. Here are some photos of  Mario Amorim, my Father's brother who married Edes Garbellini on 27 July 1958 at Saint Anthony's church.  

Mario Amorim waits as Edes Garbellini kisses her father's hand before entering the altar... In the background there is an unidentified girl on the 1st pew. The boy looking away is Fernandinho Amorim. The black young man is Ramilo, related to the family through his mother Joana having married Joaquim Pavão. The woman holding a toddler is her mother Yolanda Darin, having her youngest son Osvaldo and Maria Lucia on either side.
Edes Garbellini & Mario de Amorim.
the newly-wed are waited by Mario's cousin José de Oliveira - from Ourinhos-SP who owned a brand-new American car. 
Outside Saint Anthony's Church still under construction on 27 July 1958. Clockwiese from left to right starting in the back row: Nadir Martins (wearing sun glasses); ? ; Albina-Altina Rosa de Jesus; Eunice Jamiswski; Sandra Helena being held up by her mother; Dulce Roza (?); Maria Rosa; ?; Aparecida (from Ourinhos) & her husband Benjamin de Oliveira; Margarida Rosa de Jesus; Joana Ribeiro, Fernando Antonio Amorim Neto; Luiz Carlos Amorim; Osvaldo Amorim; Celso Silverio Coelho, Maria Lucia Martins; Gabriel Marcolino Coelho & Dulcineia Coelho. 
a blown-up detail of the photo below shows some unidentified ladies on the left plus Maria Rosa Amorim, Yolanda Darin & Eunice Jamiswksi holding Sandra Helena.
Males got together for a photo opportunity at Mario's wedding. 
Fernando, Maria Lucia, Yolanda holding Sandra & Luiz Carlos. 

Mario Amorim's wedding on 27 July 1958 is emblematic. One could see people at the church and later at the groom's house guests who had been born in the late 1800s - like the grooms' parents' brothers and sisters. Edes Garbellini had an Italian heritage; Mario's ancestors were Portuguese. 

When you look at the photo above you realize most people were poor. Some were surely taking strides towards being accepted into the Brazilian middle class like cousin José de Oliveira, from Ourinhos-SP, who boasted an American car and his youngest brother Paulo Cesar de Oliveira who was going through Medical School. Günther Karg, of German extraction, worked for the Taxation Department. He was married to Antonia Amorim, Mario's older sister who worked for Canadian Companhia Telefônica in Baurú-SP. 

Some of the older folks like João Pavão and Domiciano lived on the edge of poverty in the outskirts of Marilia. You can even see Black young men here whose grandparents had been slaves before 1888. 

Mario was 32 years old and not a spring-chicken anymore, even though he sure looked much younger than his age. It had taken him too long to get through the educational system as he was a late bloomer. He came from a family of peasants who didn't know the value of education as a step upwards in the ladder of the class system. When Mario realized he'd lagged behind he must have had a rude class awakening that propeled him into getting himself into a hard program of 'getting himself an education'. 

If Mario had followed the regular timetable he'd have graduated in 1941, when he was 15; but Mario missed a few years and graduated from a teacher-training school (Curso Normal) almost 10 years later. Soon after getting his degree - circa 1951 - Mario moved out to São Paulo, at first staying with his cousin Roldão Lacerda, on Rua Caquitos, in Penha. Later on, Mario moved into a boarding house on Rua Abolição at Bela Vista, closer to the central aerea. 

It was during this time that Mario bought a powerful motorcycle which he drove from São Paulo all the way to Marilia - 489 km away. 

Mario managed to enter PUC - the Catholic University - where he graduated as a social worker and soon after started working at Hospital das Clinicas from 7:00 to 1:00 PM and at Santa Casa de Misericórdia from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM. 

Not long after Mario managed to give a down-payment on a 2-story-house on Rua João Moura, in Pinheiros and moved in with his wife.  
 
Mario de Amorim male-bonding in a Sao Paulo restaurant - He's the smiling chap 2nd from the right anti-clockwise; his younger brother Claudio Amorim, the 3rd fellow from the left clockwise looks  wistfully through his thick glasses to the camera.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

João Baptista Darin AKA Marco Giovanni Battista Da Rin Zoldan

Meu avô materno, João Baptista Darin, cujo verdadeiro nome era Marco Giovanni Battista Da Rin Zoldan, chegou ao Brasil à bordo do Vapor Fortunata Raggio em 1o. Outubro 1888, quando Dom Pedro II ainda era Imperador do Brazil.

Giovanni Battista tinha 17 anos, tendo vindo junto com o pai Antonio, mãe Antonia, mais o irmão Apollonio Francesco e irmãzinha caçula Marianna. 

Aqui vão alguns dados curiosos sobre o navio italiano, que na verdade foi construído nos estaleiros de Hull, na Inglaterra:

O Vapor Fortunata Raggio foi um navio utilizado para a travessia do porto de Genova, na Italia a vários portos brasileiros, trazendo a bordo grande número de imigrantes que buscavam trabalho e terra durante o período da Grande Imigração entre 1880-1900.

O Fortunata Raggio foi construído em 1882, em Hull na Inglaterra, por D.P. Garbutt, armador britânico e lançado com o nome de Bell Rock. Com dimensões de 103,8 m x 12,8 m x 8,5 m, pesando 3.348 toneladas, era equipado com motor de 266/NHP de expansão tripla. Tinha capacidade para transportar 1.815 passageiros. Foi vendido em 1887, para a Società Italiana di Transporti Marittimi Raggio & Co. e renomeado Fortunata Raggio , em homenagem à matriarca da família.

Em 1898, após 11 anos de uso pelos Raggio ele foi adquirido pela Società Anonima Ilva, de Genova, e rebatizado com o nome de SS Fortunata.

Torpedeado durante a I Guerra Mundial pelo submarino alemão U-62, sob o comando do Captain Ernst Hashagen, em 30 de Abril de 1917, afundou a 139 milhas a oeste das Blaskets Island, proximo a Fastnet Rock, costa da Irlanda.


A S.I.T.M.Raggio & Co. foi fundada em Genova, em 6 Fevereiro 1882 pelos irmãos Carlo, Edilio e Armando Raggio. Seus primeiros navios foram 2 pequenos, Risveglio e Persevero (295 toneladas) e o Iniziativa (2.200 toneladas).