I had something more elaborate in mind this morning, then noticed the following brief story on the front page of The Chariton Leader of Oct. 21, 1920, illustrating some of the challenges that our immigrant ancestors faced.
The image of the tombstone marking Pelegrino and Pasqua Logli's gaves in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Melcher-Dallas, is from Find A Grave --- so we know that the marriage endured. We also know that, despite a delayed start, there were two children: Anita Mary and Lorenzo. Here's the story of how it came to be:
Twelve years ago, Pelegrino Logli left sunny Italy to make his fortune in the land of the free, leaving behind him the one girl, Miss Pasgreni Zeniolla (Pasqua Zagnoli), who was to follow as soon as the proposed home could be established. Fortune smiled upon the young man and finally brought him to Melcher, where he secured a lot and erected a neat and comfortable home.
Six years ago, all was ready for a happy marriage and arrangements were complete. Then the war cloud descended and he could not go to Italy nor could she come to the United States, but letters of assurance of faith continued and the young couple waited until the war cloud passed.
On Oct. 8, they met in Chicago and were married. They came at once to their Melcher home and on Sunday, Oct. 10, went before Father Dohmen, where a religious ceremony was performed.
Mr. Logli is a man of 36 years and is a prosperous coal miner. The bride is 35. It was a jolly crowd that assembled at their home Sunday afternoon and night to celebrate the occasion in the style of the fatherland.