AN ARRANGED MARRIAGE, and the START OF A FAMILY

THANKS TO LINDA FALLON PASTORE BOTH OF MY PARENTS NAMES ARE LISTED ON THE EMIGRANT WALL AT ELLIS IS.

WHEN MY MOTHER WAS 22, HER MOTHER ARRANGED A MARRIAGE FOR HER AND MY FATHER. IN THOSE DAYS IT WAS A COMMON THING. MY FATHER WAS 26 AND SHOWED MUCH PROMISE AND MY GRANDMOTHER LIKED HIM, AND ALWAYS DID.

IN 1919 DOROTHY WAS BORN AND THEN I WAS BORN IN 1921. THEY MOVED AS A YOUNG COUPLE TO WEST WILMERDING. IT WAS THERE THAT THE DUPLEX WHERE THEY LIVED BURNED AND ALL OF THEIR FURNITURE.