Sunday, January 24, 2016
MULBERRY STREET, LITTLE ITALY, NEW YORK CITY - C1900
My husband's great grandfather, Louis Casazza, started a fruit stand in New York City in the early 1890s. He later expanded to a store and occasionally traveled to Italy to order merchandise. On the 4th of July 1898, he, his daughter Rose and brother Giacomo were passengers on the ship La Bourgogne. Early that morning it collided with the British ship Cromartyshire in dense fog off of Sable Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. He perished along with his daughter and brother. This tragedy occurred 14 years before the Titanic.