The story of a Pinamonti Family from Rallo

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

Carlotta Valentini and Carlo Pinamonti, 1920

Carlotta Valentini and Carlo Pinamonti, 1920

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.

Related posts:
Rallo – The Village and its Emigrants

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2 Responses to The story of a Pinamonti Family from Rallo

  1. Theresa Zeigler says:

    Thanks so much for the synopsis and link to my immigration story. I really appreciate it Sal. As usual, you did a wonderful job leading up to the story that I wrote. Some people have told me that it is too long, and included things like the KKK that was unnecessary, but I felt that prejudice was part of the life of coal miners back then and the next generation needed to know everything about life in that time frame.

    I think we have been long distance friends for around 15 years or so. Gee, could it be that long?
    Theresa Pinamonti Zeigler

  2. Edward Wroten says:

    Very beautiful story thank you for sharing !!
    Ed, from Pa.

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