Joan Joyce (Schiavon) Huesca 1928 – 1987 My mother, Joan Schiavon, 10 years old, at Dixon School, Chicago, Illinois, 1938. In her own words (Part Seven) My mother, Joan Joyce (Schiavon) Huesca, was quite the storyteller all her life, a skill most likely passed down by her Irish ancestors, the Quinns, McCoys, Gaffneys, and … Continue reading "Talented Tuesday: A Knack for Mischief"
Joan Joyce (Schiavon) Huesca 1928 – 1987 In her own words (Part Five) On June 24, 1987, a couple of months before she died of lung cancer, my mother, Joan Joyce (Schiavon) Huesca began writing the story of her life. Earlier, she described her earliest memories of life with her parents until the … Continue reading "Sentimental Sunday: If You Try Hard Enough, You Can Do Anything"
Ralph Schiavon Young Immigrant in a New World Ralph Schiavon, Boston, about 1910 (Second in a four-part series) Like most newly-arrived ethnic groups during the turn of the century, Italian immigrants dreamed of becoming successful in America. This meant owning their own home. To the former peasants who for decades had endured … Continue reading "Ralph Schiavon – Part Two: Young Immigrant in a New World"