Rallo is a small village in Val di Non, Trentino. Families bearing the Pinamonti and Valentini names have been in Rallo for generations, many of whom came to America during the emigration years of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Carlo Pinamonti, born in
Rallo c. 1885 arrived in 1900 and found work in the Colorado mines at Trinidad and Radiant. Carlo eventually married Josefina Valentini, a native of Rallo, in 1911. Unfortunately Josefina died about a year later. In 1920, Carlo married Josefina’s sister Carlotta. An enterprising woman, she traveled alone from Rallo to New York by ship, and then to Trinidad, Colorado by train.
As was common with many of our ancestors who arrived from Trentino during that period, Carlo’s life was one of many ups and downs — illnesses, business booms and business busts, hard living, uprooting family, and new beginnings. Carlo’s daughter Theresa Pinamonti Zeigler tells the story of how Carlo and his family met the challenges of coming to a new place, not knowing the language, but yet overcoming many challenges and finding success and fortune. His story, The Immigration of Carlo Pinamonti and Carlotta Valentini shows how persistence can overcome discrimination, strife, and the other obstacles put in front of our ancestors. Read it and see how these pioneers from Trentino provided us with what we have today.
Rallo – The Village and its Emigrants