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By Andrew G.
Grade 2, California
Country of Origin: Italy

Castranze Novello was my great-grandfather. He was born in Palermo, Sicily, October 28, 1906. He traveled to America at the age of 17 in 1923. After coming through Ellis Island he made his home in New York.

He found work as a handyman doing many odds and end jobs. He married an Italian woman born in New York, of parents who were immigrants themselves.

They raised a family of five children with all the old country traditions and values.

My family is very proud of the things he brought us and brought with him. We still keep these many traditions at holidays and throughout the year, knowing what a great journey he must have made to change his life and come to America.



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