Back to one of my all time favorite class photos, the Fifth Grade class of 1934 in McKinley School of Peekskill, NY. These kids really draw me into that photo for some reason. Anthony Moretti’s smile is particularly infectious :) Anthony was born in New York in 1923 to Italian born parents: Joseph and Anna Moretti. He was the youngest of at least 7 children: Mary, Nicholas, Julia, Kathleen, Jennie, Frank and himself.
Here’s the brief chronology I uncovered before discovering his obituary:
1925 – New York State Census: The Moretti family lives in Cortlandt, Westchester county, New York. Last name is spelled Morette. Father, Joseph works at a service station. A Nicholas and Frances Moretti (about the same age as Joseph) live nearby. Possibly a brother?
1930 – NY Federal Census: Moretti family lives in Peekskill, NY, still in Westchester county. Joseph is listed as a gasoline storekeeper.
1934 – The photo! Anthony is a fifth grader at McKinley School.
1940 – Still in Peekskill, the Moretti family is Joseph (a WPA laborer), Anna, Kathleen, Francis, Jennie and Anthony. Nick and Frances Moretti still live just a few addresses away.
1943 – An Nthony V. Moretti served in WWII on 3/19/1943. The importance of an “A.” This was questionable until I found the obituary. His obituary* stated that Anthony served in the Army Air Corps during WWII.
1965 – Another piece I may have missed, a Giuseppe Moretti died in Westchester County, NY on April 8, 1965. Giuseppe is Joseph in Italian. His spouse buried next to him is Anna. They are buried in Assumption Cemetery according the FindAGrave. Anna died in 1961. Sisters Mary and Jennie are buried in the same cemetery and linked as children.
2003 – We fast forward to Anthony’s own death in 2003, July 14. Anthony died inLoxahatchee, Florida. According to his obituary*
79, of Lake Worth, passed away in Loxahatchee on July 14, 2003. He was born and raised in Peekskill, NY and moved to Florida in 1971 after his retirement from the NY Central Railroad as a locomotive engineer. He served with the Army Air Corps during W.W.II.
He left a wife of 60 years, children and grandchildren. I hope they find the wonderful photo of their father and grandfather!
*The Palm Beach Post, July 16, 2003. p. 4B