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Serventi,  Gulielmo William Joseph

Serventi, Gulielmo William Joseph

Male 1910 - 1980  (70 years)

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  • Name Serventi, Gulielmo William Joseph 
    Nickname Bill 
    Born 20 Feb 1910  Miliana, Annassur quarter, Algeria Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Naturalization 16 Nov 1938  Martinez, Contra Costa County, California USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Foreman: Stockton Firebrick, Gladding McBean, Interpace - for 50 years 
    Reference Number Serv012 
    Died 3 Mar 1980  Concord, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, Pleasant Hill, Contra Costa County, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I557  Our Genealogy
    Last Modified 4 Sep 2013 

    Father Servente, Cesare,   b. 14 Mar 1880, Masso, Genova, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Mar 1935, French Camp, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Mother Sambuceti, Luisa,   b. 14 Jan 1882, Tessi, Genova, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1959, Stockton, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 14 Feb 1901  San Saturnino, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F111  Group Sheet

    Family Zumstein, Henrietta Lucille,   b. 14 Jul 1913, Blaine, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jan 2000, Concord, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 1 Aug 1931  Reno, Nevada, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
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    +4. Serventi, Robert William,   b. 20 Dec 1946, Concord, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jun 2016, Santa Clara, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     5. Serventi, Raymond Joseph,   b. 26 Jul 1948, Concord, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1951, Concord, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
    +6. Living
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     9. Living
    Photos
    Bill and Henrietta Serventi Wedding Picture 1931
    Bill and Henrietta Serventi Wedding Picture 1931
    Bill and Henrietta Serventi Wedding 1931
    Bill and Henrietta Serventi Wedding 1931
    with Joseph and Edith Meister (Witnesses)
    Bill and Henrietta Serventi - 1930
    Bill and Henrietta Serventi - 1930
    Bill and Henrietta Serventi
    Bill and Henrietta Serventi
    Bill and Henrietta 1930s
    Bill and Henrietta 1930s
    Billl and Henrietta Serventi and family 1970s
    Billl and Henrietta Serventi and family 1970s
    Bill Serventi and son Jim 1937
    Bill Serventi and son Jim 1937
    Bill Serventi and son Bob 1948
    Bill Serventi and son Bob 1948
    Bob's birthday. Cake with animal crackers. Back yard of Bonifacio St. home
    Bill and Henrietta Serventi with family and friends 1971
    Bill and Henrietta Serventi with family and friends 1971
    Last Modified 28 Aug 2010 
    Family ID F328  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 20 Feb 1910 - Miliana, Annassur quarter, Algeria Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, Pleasant Hill, Contra Costa County, California, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    William Serventi
    William Serventi
    Bill Serventi and his Stinson
    Bill Serventi and his Stinson
    Bill Serventi and his car
    Bill Serventi and his car
    Bill Serventi at Gladding McBean & Co refractory
    Bill Serventi at Gladding McBean & Co refractory
    Bill Serventi when very young
    Bill Serventi when very young
    Bill Serventi with his MOTH
    Bill Serventi with his MOTH
    Bill at work at Gladding McBean Pittsburg, CA
    Bill at work at Gladding McBean Pittsburg, CA
    Workers at Gladding McBean, Pittsburg, Ca 1939
    Workers at Gladding McBean, Pittsburg, Ca 1939
    Bill Serventi is in second row, third from left.
    Photo extracted from http://calbricks.netfirms.com/brick.gmcbpittsburg.html

    Documents
    Birth Certificate - William Serventi
    Birth Certificate - William Serventi
    French Algerian Birth Certificate
    Marriage License and Certificate -Bill Serventi and Henrietta Zumstein
    Marriage License and Certificate -Bill Serventi and Henrietta Zumstein
    1 Aug 1931
    Reno, Nevada
    3 Pages
    Citizenship Certificate - William Serventi 16 Nov 1938
    Citizenship Certificate - William Serventi 16 Nov 1938
    1920 US Census - Cesare Serventi and family, Line 91
    1920 US Census - Cesare Serventi and family, Line 91
    1930 US Census - Cesare Serventi and Family, Line 66
    1930 US Census - Cesare Serventi and Family, Line 66
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Ship Manifest - S. S. Ancona
    Ship Manifest - S. S. Ancona
    Arrived Ellis Island April 23, 1912. Departed Genova, Italy, April 9, 1912. Passengers included Luisa Sambucetti and her three children Amelia, Enes and Gulielmo Servente

    Headstones
    William and Henrietta Serventi
    William and Henrietta Serventi
    Located in Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, Pleasant Hill, Contra Costa County, California
    Note firebrick headstone inlay for Bill was made at Interpace, his employer for 50 years prior to his retirement
    Plot: Row 11, Plot 20

    Histories
    Bill Serventi - Pictoral History of Flight
    Bill Serventi - Pictoral History of Flight
    Pictures and descriptions of the planes and people that Bill Serventi flew with. Compiled by James Serventi
    Servente Family History
    Servente Family History

  • Notes 
    • William was born in Algiers, Algeria in 1910 while his father was working as a stone mason in that area. Moved back to Italy at a young age. Immigrated to the United States in 1912 aboard the ship Ancona. Arrived at and processed through Ellis Island on April 23, 1912. Came with his mother and two sisters Amelia and Enes. Immediately traveled to Stockton, California, with his family to join their father, who had already settled there.

      A member of the California National Guard horse cavalry in 1928-29- his horse was named Jerry. He attained the rank of Corporal.

      He took up flying prior to age 20, and flew a Fleet 2 Bi-plane out of Orange Brothers Airport, Stockton, CA. In 1930s he operated a Monocoupe 90 airplane, owned by his wife and a friend, Bill Manley, out of a small airfield in West Pittsburg, CA. The plane was sold in 1937 at North Field, Oakland Airport, CA.

      After marriage at 21, during the early years of the great Depression of the 1930's, he and Henrietta first lived on a ranch at Linden, CA near Stockton, then moved to rented house in Enes Tract/West Pittsburg, California, then temporarily lived with close friends, Bill and Bonnie Manley, at the Coast Counties Gas Company's Employee Housing near Clyde, CA, adjacent to the Concord Naval Weapons Facility, then they bought a house on Bonifacio St. and moved to Concord in 1937.

      During the Depression he worked at as many as three jobs, from the brickyard to digging ditches, to vulcanizing/recapping tires. Worked for Stockton Firebrick company, later sold to Gladding McBean, then to Interpace Corp., for 50 years. He was chief foreman at the Pittsburg facility when he retired. He retired due to a medical condition, silicosis, brought on by working the long years in the dusty environment of the brick yards.

      Was not required to serve in the military during W.W.II because of his work in critical, war-related industry which supplied firebrick for boilers used in merchant and naval ships, and the Steel Mills.

      During WWII, he also was an air raid warden. He also was able to visit his widowed mother and sister in Stockton, California by taking on an extra job to obtain additional gasoline ration coupons in order to make the biweekly trip from Concord.

      He gave up flying to begin raising his family, and due to the heavy cut back in General Aviation opportunities caused by the start of WW II.

      Temporarily had his flying license reinstated after WWII, but flew only for a few months more before abandoning his aviation hobby for a higher priority - a four year home remodeling effort. The project added a second story, an enlarged kitchen, two bedrooms, new and remodeled bathrooms, a sewing room, a large utility room, a three-section garage and workshop, and a covered brick patio. He was a skilled craftsman; a responsible citizen and homeowner; and an equally strong willed, responsible, and loving husband and father, who was extremely proud of his Italian heritage, his wife, each of his nine children, and his grandchildren.
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  • Sources 
    1. [S209] Marriage License, Bill and Henrietta, Nevada. Reno, Washoe County., No. 27429, Joseph H Meister-Mrs. Edith Meister, 1931 (Reliability: 4), 6 Aug 1931.

    2. [S14] Ellis Island Immigration Records, American Family Immigration History Center web site..