Angelo Siino & Liboria "Lena" Marinello Siino

WRITTEN BY JANET MAGNO MARTINEZ


In 1903, at age 14, Angelo Siino emigrated from Isola delle Femmine to Black Diamond (now known as Pittsburg), California. He followed his father, Erasmo, and brother Gaetano, who arrived in 1900. His other brother Francesco, according to Ellis Island Records, arrived in 1906. As skilled master boat builders, the father and sons brought their expertise to the Black Diamond (Pittsburg) area, and Gaetano started the G.E. Seeno Boat Builder Yard. The brothers later diversified into building houses. According to newspaper clippings from the Contra Costa County History of 1926, the family’s history varies as much as the spelling of their last name.


In 1912 Angelo met his future bride, Lena Marinello, in San Francisco. Lena, born in 1897 in San Francisco of immigrant parents, Frank Marinello and Rose Sclafani Marinello from Sciacca, Italy, was nine when she and her parents survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.