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  • ISBN13 : 9781523320400
  • ISBN10 : 1523320400
  • Language : English
  • Author : Chamberlin, Kenneth B.
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Pages : 500
  • Binding : Paperback
  • SUPC: SDL540799318


At the age of 15, Amadeo was already a master baker, trained by his father when his family, who lived in La Spezia, Northern Italy, died in a fire that destroyed their home and bakery. Always adventurous, he decided he wanted to see the world. He stopped to see his adult sister and brother before he traveled to southern Italy. On the way, he encountered a variety of characters who helped shape his future. In southern Italy, he met and married his wife, the mother of his three sons. Together the young family traveled to America and crossed half of the country by wagon-train to Chicago, which was then a frontier town. They grew with the territory, fighting the English for their new country's independence. They lived with the native Indians for survival and eventually fought each other in a Civil War that threatened to tear their country apart. Through it all, they prospered and shared their love for freedom and justice with their friends and foe alike. Amadeo had his own unique philosophy about life but he didn't lecture his children or preach to others. He led by example. When asked for guidance or advice, he shared his knowledge and experience generously. He was fond of innovation and prospered by designing and developing new devices used in his bakery and other interests. The Belottis built a four-story mansion in the wilderness, on a hill overlooking the Calumet River valley where they could all live as one very large communal family. The family legacy continued, with the guidance Amadeo and his wife provided them through the difficult roaring twenties and the depression of the thirties. WWI bruised them, WWII overran them. This is the story of their journey from 1743 through to 1943. It is a story of an Italian Patriarch from his birth to his death and about the heritage he left behind.

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