Pietro Balistreri was born on April 9, 1869, in Bagheria, Palermo, Italy, to Rosa M Tarantino, age 19, and Gaetano Balistreri, age 29. My Uncle Bob said, “Grandpa was crippled from polio when he was a young man. Never was able to walk again yet he was always smiling and joking around. A fine example of a human being.”

Pietro to the far left with other fishermen.


He married Marianna Bellanti in 1894 when he was 25 years old and she was 16.


Pietro immigrated from Italy to the U.S. He mainly spoke Italian.


At age 40 he lived in Buffalo Ward 25 in Buffalo, NY. He is a laborer at a freight house.


At age 60 he lived at 100 Pennsylvania with his wife, his daughter, his son-in-law, and their family. He was 25 when he married his wife; she was 16.

From left to right are Stephanie De La Barra, Leanne Masullo-Duvo, Pietro, and Candy.