Acrobat Group
Newark acrobat group, Adam Bieksha left. Photo in Newark, probably near the Passaic River.
Ada Alexander
Lived in Virginia, born c. 1889, daughter of Richard Alexander and his first wife Julia.
Ada Alexander ("Sweetheart")
Lived in Virginia, born c. 1889, daughter of Richard Alexander and his first wife Julia.
Ada Alexander and Woody
Daughter of Robert and Fannie. Born in Virginia 1923 migrated with her family to Newark by 1940, lived at 69 Madison Ave.
Ada and Louise Alexander, Unknown
Daughter of Robert and Fannie. Born in Virginia c. 1924 and 1918, migrated with their family to Newark by 1940, lived at 69 Madison Ave.
Adam Bieksha
Adam Bieksha, of Newark, was part of this acrobat trio. This photo was taken in Newark probably near the Passaic River.
Adam Bieksha
Adam Bieksha in Newark, NJ. He was an acrobat in the Jackson Trio. This photo was taken in Newark probably near the Passaic River.
Alfredo Mattia wedding
Alfredo Mattia (1912 - 2002) was a son of Rizziere/Richard F. Mattia (1872 - 1961) and Filomena (AKA “Minnie”) Parisi Mattia (1876 - 1968). This is an undated portrait of his wedding to Geraldine Fiore (1916 - 2010). A print is in family archives.
Angelo M. Mattia and Joe Sileo
Angelo Maria Mattia (1889 - 1946) was the first born child of Petrino B. Mattia (1869 - 1953) and Gesummina (AKA “Jessie”) Ilaria Mattia (1870 - 1946). Angelo and his second wife, Effie Kellenberger Mattia (1892 - 1991) were very close friends with Angelo’s sister Olive Mattia Sileo (1906 - 1983) and her husband, Newark tailor, Guiseppe/Joe Sileo (1891 - 1976 , who was born in Italy. All were living in Newark, NJ when this snapshot was taken of Angelo and Joe on a group vacation in New York and New England. Snapshot is in family archives.
Angelo Maria Mattia
This is Angelo Maria Mattia (1889 - 1946) in 1902, in a portrait from the Mattia Brothers Studio. Their logo is visible; at this time, they were located on Orange Street.
Angelo Maria Mattia
This is Angelo Maria Mattia (1889 - 1946) as a small child. We believe he was photographed at the Mattia Brothers Studio in Newark, NJ. We do not have possession of an original; this was created from a cell phone photograph of a framed copy.
Angelo Mattia at Essex County Insane Asylum
The man on the far right is Angelo Maria Mattia (1889 - 1946) and the setting is what was then called the Essex County Insane Asylum (later, Overbrook) in Cedar Grove, NJ. The calendar on the wall is from February, 1912 and was printed by the Mattia Printing Company (owned and operated by Angelo’s uncle, Rizziere/Richard F. Mattia 1972 - 1961).
Angelomara Mattia (1841 - 1925) and Filomena Ilaria Mattia (1843 - 1915)
On the left is Angelomara Mattia (1841 - 1925) and on the right is his wife Filomena Ilaria Mattia (1843 - 1915). We believe both portraits were taken at the Mattia Brothers Studio — we are certain that hers was. The glass plate for her portrait is housed at the NPL. This double portrait was created for family members in 2010.
Angelomaria (Angelo) Mattia
Angelomaria Mattia (1841 - 1925) is sometimes called Angelo Maria, and is often credited with being the first Italian to arrive in Newark’s First Ward, along with his brother-in-law, Alfonso Ilaria (1853 - 1905). Born in Calabritto, Italy, Angelomaria was married to Filomena Ilaria (1843 - 1915) of Caposele, Italy. They had four children, two of whom survived infancy: Petrino B. Mattia (1869 - 1953) and Rizziere/Richard F. Mattia (1872 - 1961). Original is in family archives; a print is at the Museum of the Old First Ward, in Newark, NJ.
Arthur Davis 1884-1960, Semmie Wright Davis 1885-1974
In 1915 Arthur Davis was living in Georgia with his wife Semmie and their three children when he became a target of the KKK because he had reportedly been disrespectful to a white man in the town where he lived. Semmie, fearful for her husband convinced him to leave the small town and go north to Newark, NJ where they had a distant cousin. Arthur left Georgia and went to Newark, settling in the Ironbound section of the city. After working for a year in a Newark lumberyard he was able to send for his family. Two years later in May 1918, the baby Arthur Davis Jr. was born in Newark. This picture was taken for Christmas 1918 to send home to relatives they had left behind in Georgia. Four more children were born to them in Newark including Lula Davis, mother of Newark author/publisher and Newark Public Library Trustee, Dr. Anasa Maat.
Backyard pool in Newark
In Newark Steve and Maria Niforatos and Shannon Smith
Bamberger's Parade 1945
First Bamberger Parade since War: Nov 23, 1945.