April 9, 2019 –
Joseph Biggio was the first Italian immigrant name in the Rochester area that appears
in the U. S. Federal Census of 1850. He was born in 1820 and emigrated from Italy
in 1845. He was ordained a Catholic priest in Buffalo, New York in 1849 and his first
assignment was to become the first permanent pastor at “Church in the Woods,” later
becoming Mother of Sorrows Church at the corner of Mt Read Blvd and Latta Road.
Autographed copies of his book will be available for $11.00 (including tax)
Edward Maruggi is a second generation Italian American. He writes
a bi-monthly column for the Italian American newspaper and has
authored thirteen books.