On August 15, 1904, at age twenty-six, Salvatore Placente, after completing his medicals at Ellis Island, moved into a tenement building at 31 Hamilton Street. Two weeks earlier, he had left from Militello in Val di Catania, a rural village in Eastern Sicily, in search of seasonal work in New York. In the Lung Block, he joined Antonino Raimondo, a distant relative from the nearby Catania. Since there are no earlier reports of Militellesi in New York, one can speculate upon his role in setting in motion the chain migration that brought a flock of his fellow villagers to the Lung Block in the following decades.
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