Arrival in America
Fausto Bellino Tasca and Paolina Francesca Melchiori were married in the village church at Crespano del Grappa on February 3, 1913. After their wedding, they traveled to Venice. Fausto probably wanted to show off his knowledge of Venice to his new bride, however, they also needed to obtain travel documents for their voyage to America.
The couple proceeded to LeHavre where they boarded the SS France bound for New York. The ship's manifest indicates that they arrived at Ellis Island on February 21, 1913.
They found lodging in the Bronx, probably to be close to other Italian immigrants, as neither one spoke English at the time. City records indicate that their son was born in the Bronx, assisted by a mid–wife of Italian origin.
While the child was still a toddler, the young family relocated to Texas. Family lore has it that a cousin encouraged them to move west. Unfortunately, Fausto was unable to find work as an artist in Texas, so he was forced to work in the coal mines to provide for his family. At some point before their child started school, they had saved enough money to continue their journey to California.
They settled in Santa Barbara, where cousins of Fausto lived. In later years members of the Melchiori clan also settled in Santa Barbara.
This photograph was taken by Fausto of his new bride, Paolina Melchiori. The newly married couple traveled to Venice shorly after their wedding. Paolina can be seen feeding the pidgeons in front of the primary entrance to Saint Mark's Basilica in Venice.
Fausto and Paolina were married in the principle church of Crespano del Grappa on February 3, 1913. The Melchiori's had been an important family in Crespano for centuries.