Ralph Schiavon January 27, 1898 – August 16, 1970 Twilight (Last in a four part series about my wonderful grandfather) Ralph Schiavon, at train station, Chicago (date unknown) My grandmother Alice had lost her eyesight in the early 60s. Her diabetes worsened, and she died at home on New Year’s Day in 1963. My parents … Continue reading "Ralph Schiavon – Part Four: Twilight"
Ralph Schiavon Halcyon Days (Third of a four part series about my maternal great-grandfather) A self-made man, my grandfather, Ralph Schiavon, was not afraid of anyone. Not even “Scarface” Al Capone. In the late 1920s, Ralph was working as a supervisor for the Internal Revenue Service and lived on the South Side of Chicago with … Continue reading "Ralph Schiavon – Part Three: Halcyon Days"