A Joyful Family Reunion

The war and child adoption separated father and daughter for many years.

| Good Old Days

About 1912, my father, Joe Miceli, left Sicily, Italy, and came with his mother and a younger brother, Sam, to New York City. The young men had been working in a sulfur mine-a filthy, dangerous place to work.

"When I was about 6 years of age," he later told me, "your mother, Mary, who was my cousin, took a tomato can, added a few beans and gave it to me. This custom was regarded as a sign that she would be my sweetheart and we would someday be married. She and I sent letters back and forth across the ocean."

When Mary was 12, she and her mother, Rosa Rombola, along with two older sisters, Sadie and Millie, and a brother came to New York City and made their home with father's family, the Micelis.

Mary was large for her age and found a job in a laundry. Shortly after that Joe and Mary were married.

"A few months later, my wife, Mary, gave birth to you and your twin, Joseph," Father explained. "Because she was not given the proper care and enough food, she and your brother died.

"I tried to make a home for you, but I was drafted into the United States Army and sent to France. I left without seeing you because you were with your mother's family-the Rombolas. They too were very poor and had several small children. One more mouth to feed was not exactly what they needed.

Mother Earth News Fair Schedule 2019


Next: February 16-17, 2019
Belton, TX

Whether you want to learn how to grow and raise your own food, build your own root cellar, or create a green dream home, come out and learn everything you need to know — and then some!


Subscribe today

Capper's FarmerWant to rediscover what made grandma’s house the fun place we all remember? Capper’s Farmer — the newly restored publication from the rural know-how experts at Grit.com — updates the tried-and-true methods your grandparents used for cooking, crafting, gardening and so much more. Subscribe today and discover the joys of homemade living and homesteading insight — with a dash of modern living — that makes up the new Capper’s Farmer.

Save Even More Money with our automatic renewal savings plan!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our automatic renewal savings plan. You save an additional $6 and get 4 issues of Capper's Farmer for only $16.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and I'll pay just $22.95 for a one year subscription!

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Free Product Information Classifieds