Biagio Francesco Paolo Scocchio
Biagio Scocchio was my Grandfather. He was born on Dec. 20, 1883 in Manoppello, Italy. His parents were Giustino and Lucia (Mincucci) Scocchio. He immigrated to the United States in 1905. He departed Naples, Italy on Apr. 18, 1905 on the S.S. Prinz Oscar, and arrived in New York on May 3, 1905. He traveled with his sister, Annina Scocchio, and his nephew, Giuseppe Cremonese. His passage was paid by his brother-in-law, Vincenzo Cremonese, who was married to his sister, Marietta (Scocchio) Cremonese.
Biagio married Concetta Lucarelli on Oct. 18, 1909 in Manhattan, NY. Concetta immigrated to the United States in 1909, arriving in New York on May 7, 1909, only 5 months before her marriage to Biagio. This was an arranged marriage. She and Biagio had only seen each other about 4 times before they were married.
I don’t have a record of where they lived after they married, until 1918. At that point, they lived at 2537 Amsterdam Ave., NY, NY. Biagio was also working for the Somme Furniture Shop in Manhattan as a varnisher. In 1920 they lived at 1149 Ogden Ave., Bronx, NY, with their first 3 children, Justin, John, and Lucy. Also living there were Concetta’s parents, John and Philomena Lucarelli, her brother Nicholas, his wife Mary, and their 4 children. In 1922 he bought his house at 1158 University Ave., Bronx, NY. That’s where he lived until the 1970’s when New York, citing eminent domain, forced him to sell the house so a parking garage could be built on the property. He moved with his daughter, Lucy (Scocchio) Colletti, to NJ for a few years and then they moved to Spring Hill, FL, where he lived until he passed away in 1981.
I didn’t live close to him so I didn’t get to see him very often. I’m jealous of my cousins who grew up in the same house with him. They have a lot of great memories of him and my grandmother (my grandmother passed away before I was born). I loved my grandfather dearly and wish I had the opportunity to spend more time with him. I loved hearing stories about him from my father, and especially from Aunt Lucy. My favorite story from Aunt Lucy concerns Jackie Gleason. Apparently, Jackie Gleason hired the Somme Furniture Shop to build a bar in his house in the Poconos. After Jackie Gleason saw my grandfather work he didn’t want anyone else to work on the bar. My grandfather was a great carpenter. I have a desk and a cigarette box that he made. I wish I could see that bar in Jackie Gleason’s house.