Uncle Sammy and I thought that we would collect memories and anecdotes about Rose, Nick and their family. We first mined our own memories and then reached out to our relatives. The portraits that emerge sometimes diverge and at other times intersect. Although this posting consists of small, simple details we think it tells us who Rose was, how she handled the responsibility of raising 11 children, and why she was a beloved Grandmother and Great Grandmother to all the Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. We also see a glimpse into how strong Nick and Rose’s desire was to improve their language skills, knowledge about current events and encouraging their children to get a good education.This posting was finalized in November of 2015.
Pedigree chart of Rosina Aiello Marasco Muro.
Rosina Aiello was born on April 24, 1896 in Martirano, Italy to Caterina and Angelo Aiello. She married Ricciotti Marasco in the mid-1910s. Ricciotti and Rosina had one son, John, born in 1916. Ricciotti served in the military for Italy during WWI and died in battle on September 5, 1917. Rosina remained a widow until Nicola Muro went to Italy to propose marriage sometime in early to mid-1921. Nicola’s first wife, Letizia, passed away February of that year leaving behind 5 small children. Rosina and her son John arrived in Wilmerding Pennsylvania in November of 1921. Shortly after that she and Nicola married.
Rosina was called Rose after her arrival in America.
Wishing all who celebrate these Holy Days a blessed All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day and All Souls Day.
All Hallows Eve is a night celebrated by Trick or Treating and telling ghost stories. The deeper meaning is found in the approach of Winter, the season of cold, stark landscapes where nothing grows. It is a time poised between the end of the season of growth and the season of rest. It serve s as a reminder of the growth and decline that precedes the renewal of Spring.
Autumn is shading into Winter as the days continue to grow shorter. The chill outside drives us indoors. Flowers no longer bloom, trees become more bare as the days go by. The bounty of summer has been harvested and preparations for sustenance during the winter months continue. There is a lull that calls us to think about the cycle of growth that has passed in the current year. During this time it is good to part company with laptops, cell phones, tablets and find company in the memories of loved ones who no longer live with us in this world.
I have found that this time dedicated to the beloved departed has a powerful effect upon renewing our memories of those who have taught us, loved us and inspired us. Although they are physically gone, we revive their good examples within our hearts and minds. In a way we are renewed. The influence of our loved ones can once more be felt in the world as we do our best in memory of them.
–EmiyAnn Frances May
–October 30, 2016
The illustrations used here come from My Book House, edited by Olive Beaupre Miller.
In this posting we consider the stories we have learned about the death of Ernest Muro, son of Nick and Letizia Muro. Ernest was 1 year old when he died. The official record of his death is in direct opposition to the cause we learned about during research and family discussions. To help you understand the relationships discussed in this posting we have outlined them in this section.
Ernest Muro was the son of Nicola and Letizia (nee Scotti) Muro. Ernest’s siblings were:
Ernest is related to EmilyAnn and Sammy. Ernest was:
- Sammy’s Uncle (through Josie, Sammy’s Mom).
- EmilyAnn’s Great Uncle (through Josie’s daughter Emily Leatrice).
Ernest’s sister Josie was:
- Sammy’s Mom.
- EmilyAnn’s Maternal Grandmother.
In our previous posting we reviewed the safety issues that surrounded the use of horses in an urban environment in the late 19th-early 20th centuries. We also considered the manner in which pedestrians utilized the pavements and streets. The automobile eventually eclipsed the use of horses by the 1920s. Pedestrians were made aware, through public safety campaigns, that the street was for vehicles and the sidewalk was for people.
George Westinghouse ensured that Wilmerding had a mass transit system within the town when it was first built. Yet even as the 1920s began, there were small companies within Wilmerding that still used a horse drawn cart as a means of transport. As we researched the children of Letizia and Nick Muro we learned about their next to youngest child, Ernest. The family never spoke about him and we were ready to accept the story which official documentation gave about his death. That was until we interacted with other relatives at Ancestry and compared family stories we heard. This is how we learned that Ernest’s death may have been hastened due to an accident caused by a horse drawn cart. Continue reading
Uncle Sammy and I decided to include brief entries whenever possible about the towns near Wilmerding. During our visits to Pennsylvania we sometimes went to visit these towns because relatives lived there. The towns were very close and at times it seemed like one flowed into another. This was because of the closeness the relatives maintained and the frequency of their visits.
The towns of Turtle Creek Valley: Pitcairn
Pitcairn Street Scene, circa 1910.
Public Domain. Image courtesy of Monroeville Historical Society.
Map of Pitcairn, circa 1901
Pitcairn started as a village where a railyard was constructed near Turtle Creek. It was incorporated as a village in 1894. The town had a major switching yard for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Population peaked between 1910 through 1940. After this time there was a decline in the ability of the railroad yards and shops to provide employment.