In response to my posting yesterday about the B.A.B. owners, Alan
Mueller sent me this additional information about Evaristo Bona
that he obtained from Ancestry.com as a subscriber to that site.
Evaristo's petition for citizenship, 31 July 1915, New York City,
states that he was born in San Marzanotto, Italy, that his wife is
Catarina (not Caterina as I reported) and that they have no children.
His draft registration for 1918 lists him as working in Elizabeth,
New Jersey, at the Standard Aircraft Corp. as a cabinetmaker. He and
Catarina live at 338 Water St., New York City. He has brown eyes and
black hair. The New York State Census for 1915 lists the Bonas at 338
Water St., with his occupation given as a piano maker and Catarina's
as a dressmaker. There are fourteen other people living at 338 Water
St., so it must be an apartment building.
At 336 Water St. in that census is listed Secundo Bona, age 64, piano
maker, and Theresa Bona, age 63, housewife. Secundo and Theresa must
be Evaristo's parents, because the later 1930 census lists Theresa
(age 77) as living with Evaristo and Catarina in the Bronx. Alan was
unable to find any death dates for any of the Bonas.
My thanks to Alan for digging out and reporting these additional
Irondequoit, New York