Altamura Siciliano Francesco

Altamura Siciliano Francesco was born on July 21, 1924 in Mottola, Province of Taranto. Son of Saverio Altamura and Comazia Siciliano. He arrived in San José from Panama in 1952 and stayed with his family for some time at the Don Bosco School until SICA finished building the houses in San Vito. In January 1953 they arrived by air to Agua Buena and from there on horseback to San Vito. He was accompanied by his wife Filomena Carriero Orlando, whom he had married in 1945. Besides his children Saverio and Carmine, born in Mottola. Later, in San Vito, Angelo (who was a deputy in the Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica) and Maria Comasia were born. Their son Saverio remembers that it was his mother who started baking bread in the communal oven. When they sold it, they saw that it was a good business and that is how the first bakery in San Vito was born. He is still remembered today for producing the AMARILLON BREAD, created in San Vito by Pietro Colombo. The first job was as a clerk in the Sica's store managed by Angelo D'Ambrosio. Together with Palmo Aloisio he made the first contract to exploit the black stones from the quarry in Las Cruces, with which SICA fixed the streets. Besides being a baker, he was also a coffee farmer. For a time, he helped with the paperwork for the Italian Consulate in San Vito. Founding member of the Dante Alighieri Committee in San Vito. His properties in San Vito are kept and managed by his son Angelo. Both Francesco and Filomena are buried in the cemetery of San Vito.

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RESEÑA FAMILIA ALTAMURA CARRIERO POR ING. SAVERIO ALTAMURA Dad, mom, Carmine and I, we left on the ship (Americo Vepucci) from Genoa to Colon Panama, the crossing lasted almost 40 days, it was a cargo ship that also transported passengers. It made a route from Naples to Valpaiso Chile. We disembarked in Panama and from there in a Pan American plane we arrived at La Sabana, San José at the end of 1952. We were received by SICA representatives and some priests from the Salesian College Don Bosco who were mostly Italians. As that school had dormitories for the students and it was a vacation period, they lodged us there for a couple of months, until they finished building the house in San Vito, where they were going to lodge several families. That house no longer exists and was located next to .....

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