World War 1 Draft Registration Card
Eugenio came to the United States with his father Giuseppe and his older brother Michele in October of 1900. They went to Giuseppe's brother Francesco in Philadelphia. Eugenio's mother, Maria, came over with the rest of the family in 1901.
The WW1 card also tells us that Eugenio is living at home with his father, mother and brother at 812 South 12th St. in Philadelphia. However, he is working as a farm hand in Moorestown, NJ. In 1918, it would have been very difficult to commute from Philadelphia to Moorestown every day. He may have stayed at the farm during the week and come home on weekends, or it might have only been a seasonal job during the harvest.
Two years later, in 1920, he married Carmella Laina in Philadelphia. They had two girls: Mary "Mae", born in 1921, and Theresa, born in 1925. Eugenio applied for U.S. Citizenship in 1923. By that time the family was living at 2321 Percy Street and he had a job as a punch press operator. According to his WW2 Draft Registration Form, he was working at that same company, Pillings & Sons Surgical Instruments in 1943, but living at 1229 Wolf Street, where he resided for the rest of his life.
Eugenio, (or John as he was called for most of his life) became fairly successful, and owned eleven properties in South Philadelphia. He died in May of 1973.