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We're unsure whether my father was born in this house or in the house higher on the hill where the Napolis lived and where Eugenio and Caterina moved after they began having children. Yet from these houses, at the age of four, perhaps from this door, my father was led, never to return. That's how old the boy Dulio (Duilio, on his birth records) was when his mother, Caterina, along with Louie and Eduardo, undertook an Atlantic crossing with them.

Eugenio had gone first to find work and had come back once. (Running the dates, my Aunt Loretta thinks my dad may have been conceived on that visit home). Then, he'd left again. Finally, the summons came for Caterina. They'd likely left via the port of Naples to the west of Rende.

 

 

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