"Rasmo the Carnie" as Erasmo was known was responsible for the first & successive carnivals in the early 30's and during the decade was operator of numerous rides at the old Navy Pier in Chicago. He was born in Fiugni, Cagnano Amiterno, L'Aquila, Italy, arrived in New York in 1905 at the age of 24 with a cousin Antonio Ludovici on the ship Gallia April 21, 1905. Leaving his sister Olivia Paone in Italy, Erasmo joined his mother & brothers Americo, Settimeo and Eliseo in Philadelphia, PA. In his lifetime he was stone mason, contractor, banker in Philadelphia, and in Chicago owned a nut shelling business and ended up owning theaters and carnival rides on the famous Navy Pier in Chicago. He married Angelina Donatelli Maturo and became the step-father to her four children Michael, Lorenzo, Howard & Gaetano & the father of Mary, Joseph and Carmella.
Birth: Mar. 19, 1881, Italy Death: Jul. 1, 1982 Elmwood Park Cook County Illinois, USA
Angelina arrived in the USA on May 1, 1896 in New York on the ship Columbia with her father Donato, mother Maria Addolorata Gizzi and siblings Giuseppe, Rosetti, & Giovanni. She also has siblings George, Mildred, Antonio and Rose. She married Gaetano Maturo had 4 child Michael, Lawrence, Howard & Gaetano. After the death of her husband she married Erasmo Mosca in Philadelphia, PA. Moving to Chicago, Illinois Angelina & Erasmo had three children Mary, Joseph & Carmella.
Birth: 1888, Italy Death: Apr. 4, 1941 Cook County Illinois, USA