Family reunion draws 50-plus

ISHPEMING – The Giotto Family held a reunion June 30 at the Ishpeming Township Hall. More than 50 members of the five generations of the Giotto family were present at the reunion. Also included were the remaining three of eight children of the first generation of the Giotto Family.

Pietro (Peter) arrived in the U.S. in 1911 from Venecazzu, in Northern Italy and his wife Rosina and daughter Maria (Marie) arrived in 1916 at the height of World War I. It took them more than a month in order to avoid the German submarines of World War I on the Atlantic Ocean. They came to Negaunee first, but settled in North Lake, near Ishpeming.

Peter retired from the Inland Steels North Lake Mine as an iron ore underground miner, and Rosina was a housewife.

Ages in attendees at the reunion ranged from 1 year old to 95 years old.