SAMBUCA DI SICILIA
Date of Arrival
MARCH 13, 1902
Age on Arrival
Port of Departure
By David Cates
My grandfather, Antonino Cimiotta was born In Sambuca di Sicila, Sicily April 28, 1884. He was one of nine children of Luciano Cimiotta and Rosa Bila.
At the age of 17 he boarded the SS Sardegna and traveled to New York City. He had seven dollars in his pocket when he arrived in the United States.
In Illinois at the age of 35 he married Minnie Blanche Simmons. Antonino and Blanche lived in Collinsville Illinois and raised a family of seven children.
Antonino worked in the coal mines until his death in 1948.
( Left ) Antonino Cimiotta in Illinois circa 1920
( Right ) Antonino Cimiotta (on left) and friend at coal mine in Illinois