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Charles DeMarc Sr. plucking a chicken behind his home on Canal Street. (c1935)
Charles DeMarc Sr. and friend “C. Angelo” in West Pittsburg. (c1935)
My grandfather George DeMarc (on right) with his nephew Albert “Humpie” Pennachio. (c1950)
Another photo of Humpie and George. These two were like brothers as my great grandmother Mary DeMarc pretty much raised her grandson Humpie. (c1950)
A painting of Italian immigrants Ralph Panella (1885-1961) and Maria Di Matteo (DeMatteo). Maria was one of four sisters born in Alife, Italy. She arrived in Mahoningtown in June 1903, was married to Ralph, and they settled in West Pittsburg. Two other sisters followed in her footsteps – Jennie married Salvatore Russo and settled in Mahoningtown and Mary married Charles DeMarc Sr. (Mary and Charles are my great grandparents) and settled in West Pittsburg. Unfortunately, Maria, who had given birth to four children (one died at or just after birth), died unexpectedly in approximately 1911. Nothing is known about the actual details and I have no idea where she is buried. I do know that her widowed husband Ralph was soon remarried to Martha Cifone and fathered five more children. Ralph was very crafty with tools and I believe he helped his son John A. Panella (1907-1994) establish the Panella Company in 1934. (c1904) Full Size