A Letter From Anna – Part 2

by Jan Maguire 2010 As with many of the Italian immigrants, the first stop would be with relatives or friends from the town who had immigrated earlier.  Dominic Polcari was a cousin of Ralph’s mother Carolina. Dominic lived with his family in a second-floor apartment at 11 Thatcher Street in the North End. The Polcaris…

A Letter from Anna – Part 4

by Jan Maguire, 2010 The three Anzalone siblings shared a productive 1920s.  During that decade, many many babies were born: Ralph and Aurelia had baby they named Anna, followed in quick procession by Angelo, Philomena, Federico and Anthony. Carmella and Joe had Esther, first, and then followed up with four little boys – Rocco, Carmine,…