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This page and its links contain membership listings for three fraternal associations popular among Calascio and other Italian immigrants in the first two decades of the 20th century in Riverton, Illinois.  

 

You may obtain photocopies of the actual applications by emailing calascio@calascio.com. Photocopy charges apply.  Copies are $1.00 for each side ($2.00 for a two-sided copy).  The amount includes postage and handling.

 

Foresters of America, Camillo Cavour Chapter #56 in Riverton Illinois, founded 15 December 1906

Societa' Aquila Abruzzi, Lodge #94, Riverton, Illinois, founded 1 April 1922.

Circolo Giovanile Italiano, Applications from about 1915 - 1920, Riverton, Illinois

 

I.  Foresters of America, Camillo Cavour Chapter #56 in Riverton Illinois

    Click here to see the listing of applications for Foresters of America, Chapter #56.

The Foresters of America were a fraternal organization dedicated to the forestry industry.  Comprised of male members, Chapter #56 organized in Riverton, Illinois, in 1906 as a part of the national Foresters organization.  Membership applications cover 1906-1917 and are a part of the rich cultural history of Italian immigrants to central Illinois.  The following table was derived from the actual Applications for Membership in the possession of Robert Rusciolelli.  Calascio.com is very grateful to Mr. Rusciolelli for rescuing the documents and submitting them for public access.

 

Each Forester application is a two-sided document with genealogical dates as well as medical and lifestyle information about the applicant.  In most cases the signature of the applicant is also provided.

 

Membership applications for Chapter #56 cover the years 1906-1917 and are a part of the rich cultural history of Italian immigrants to central Illinois

 

Thanks to Bill Cellini, Jr., for compiling the following table, that is alphabetized by  applicant surname.

 

II.  Societa' Aquila Abruzzi, Lodge #94, Riverton, Illinois, founded 1 April 1922.

 Click here to see a listing of names from this membership handbook.

 

The following table has been derived from a pocket sized handbook containing the Constitution and rules of conduct for the Society.  At the end of this printed handbook is a listing of officers and founding members.  The entire handbook is written in Italian.

 

 

 

III.  Circolo Giovanile Italo "Italian Youth Circle" -- Applications from about 1915 - 1920, Riverton, Illinois.

 

 Click here to see a listing of applications from the Circolo Giovanile Italiano, Riverton, Illinois Chapter

 

Circolo Giovanile Italiano was an organization for males aged 15-30.  Its purpose remains unclear but membership applications indicate it functioned as a benefactorship for family members.  Dues paid to the Circolo were accumulated and upon a members' death, the money was apportioned to a named beneficiary. Most records contain member's signatures and in some cases include the names of a member's parents.