Below are links to pictures I have of the
In addition to those, my prized possession is an aerial shot taken by a cousin (Fiore Cerra of Bridgeport, Ct). I had erroneously concluded that this aerial was taken between 1960 and 1964, but Jim Kelly of Carbondale noted that Hornbeck's was missing and did some research that suggested this aerial was taken circa 1948.
I’m in the process of trying to identify the streets that used to be in that area (input from viewers is appreciated). I have identified the homes of my grandparents and their brothers and sisters and noted a few landmarks.
Thank you Jim Kelly for the following research:
- I did some research on the Hornbeck property. According to the Polk Registry that was available in the library. In 1943 there was a Hudson coal pocket on the property. That would have been a large elevated structure that held coal. In 1948 the property was owned by the Hudson Coal Co. but was vacant.
- In 1950 the Hornbeck Chevrolet building was on the property. It was probably built in 49 or early 50. Also Arco Ave had 6 properties in 1943. In 1948 the street did not exist. The 1 house that was left was not listed in the directory. Could have been changed to rear S. Hospital.
- I am also trying to talk to members of the Moxie club to see when the building on Hospital Street was built. I think it was in the 50's so that is why it doesn't show up on your photo.
Legend: – Every effort has been made to identify the house numbers and residents, but this was not always easy as memories differed and folks moved about.
1. Grandparents – Nicholas and Catherine Molinaro Bonacci,
2. Frank and Filomena Cerra Scalzo,
3. Uncle Tony and Aunt Fernata Bonacci Molinaro,
4. Uncle John and Aunt Maggie Molinaro Cerra,
5. Uncle Frank and Aunt Mary Angel Bonacci Sirianni, 51 Leo. St.
6. Uncle Sam and Aunt Theresa Bonacci Cerra, (
Their son Dominic and his wife Genevieve Andidora Cerra later lived in this house.
7. Uncle Pete and Aunt Yol Guzzi Bonacci and Uncle Tom and
Aunt Angie Bonacci DePeep,
8. Uncle Louis and Aunt Rose Molinaro Scavo, 8 Arco Ave. The house has already been torn down.
9. Our Lady of
11. Moxie Club - the building was not yet erected.
12. William Cooper (owner)
Joseph and Madeline Cooper Purcell, Children – Mary, William, and Kathleen.
13. Two families,
Joseph and Philomena Leo Cerra and Philomena’s brother Felix
and Mary Solomon Leo. These are the two families whose four sons were killed in
14. Ralph and Rose Cerra Sirianni, 26 Vine St. Children – Anthony, Kathryn, Joseph, Ralph, Louis, Mary Jo and Eugene.
15. James and Concetta/Catherine Leo Martine (Martino),
16. Russell and Rose Cerra Motsay, ??
17. Joseph and Maria Grande Tomaine/Tomaino,
Children and spouses – Bruno (Maria Sirianni), Bernard
(Teresa Bevilacqua), Rose (Frank Comeno), Carmine (Stella Lidaka), Theresa,
18. Gilia, ??
19. unknown, ??
20. Joseph and Mary Scarpino Molinaro, ??
21. Joseph and Mary Durso Molinaro,
Children – Margaret, Antoinette,
This house later owned by a Fortuner family.
22. Russell and Betty Ross Galati,
Children – Mary Ann and Joseph
23. Dominick and Elizabeth Bruno Durso,
Dominick was 1st married to Rose Molinaro and had Jackson, Gabriel and Mary Durso.
Elizabeth Bruno was 1st married to Russell Marasco and had Victoria Marasco.
Dominick and Elizabeth then had Natale, Alexander, Antoinette, Samuel, and Joseph Durso.
24. Lovito – Aiello (Aileo) families,
Mary Molinaro was 1st married to Antonio Aiello (who built this house between 1910-1914) and they had John Joseph, Jackson, Frank, and Edward Aileo (the spelling had been changed).
Mary Molinaro then married James Lovito and they had James Lovito.
25. John “Bedge” and Jenny Molinaro Cerra,
26. Joseph and Antoinette Galati,
27. Carmine and Stella Lidaka Tomaine, 37 Vine St.
Children - Joseph, Teresa, Louis, Thomas, James, and Robert
28. Moro, ?? Vine St.
29. A 4 car garage, Vine St.,
Belonged to James Craparo (husband of Teresa Cerra) who
30. Owned by Ralph and Rose Cerra Sirianni (see #14 above),
Richard and Mary Leo Chellino with son Bruno.
Patrick “Twee” and Cecilia Cerra Levite and children Louis and Josephine “Joey”
31. Falbo, ?? Vine St.
32. Gregory Angotti's family, ?? Vine St.
33. Craparo’s Grocery Store and Hall (upstairs),
Owned by Charles and son James Craparo.
34. Charles and Josephine Angello Craparo,
Children James, Joseph, Josephine, Thomas, Mary, Salvatore and Philip.
Son James married Teresa Cerra and are parents of Josephine,
35. Vincenzo “James” and Dorotea DeRosa Burgio,
Related to the Craparo family (see #34)
Children Charles, John, Vito, Angelo, Caroline, Mary, Louise Ann, James Jr., and Joseph.
Houses behind 19 Shell Ave.
37. Mrs. Creto’s mother
38. Mrs. Creto and sons Tony and Frank
39. Touch Family,
Per 1930 census, this would be the family:
Joseph and Angelina and children Dominick, Mary, Carmella, and Anthony
40. Salvatore and Mary Mongelia Buonomo,
Children – Madeline, Samuel, Marion, Rose, Anna Mae, Patrick, Ralph, and Rosemary
43. 41 rear
1st floor owner Mr. Grecco and wife Mary with daughters Dorothy and Carmalita.
2nd floor renter Nick Conigliaro; he had a
51. – shed owned by John Milanti were he parked his Model-T Ford.
Mike and Joe Bell.
Dr. Thomas Craparo’s grandmother.
Tony had a photography store and taught guitar lessons
across from Dr. Kauffman’s office on
Pictures of the lost houses
I have no idea whose house this was or where it was located. If anyone knows, please contact me.
Bill Connor has graciously shared his pictures with me and answered my scores of questions for details about them. Thank you Bill!