Wyoming Genetti Family

Angelo Genetti

 

Angelo Genetti (1859-1946) and his wife Teresa Anunziatta Marchetti (1858-1902), parents of the four Genetti brothers who settled in Wyoming, USA.

Courtesy of Alexandra and Ken Genetti (great-grandson of Angelo and Teresa Genetti).

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Teresa Marchetti Genetti

 

Teresa Anunziatta Marchetti (1858-1902), wife of Angelo Genetti.

 

Courtesy of Alexandra and Ken Genetti (great-grandson of Angelo and Teresa Genetti)

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Frank Genetti

 

Francesco “Frank” Giacinto Genetti (1884-1974)

Frank and his four brothers were the founding ancestors of the Wyoming branch of the Genetti family.

 

Courtesy of Alexandra and Ken Genetti (grandson of Enrico Genetti)

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Enrico Genetti

 

Enrico “Rico” Giovanni Genetti (1886-1941)

 

Courtesy of Alexandra and Ken Genetti (grandson of Enrico Genetti)

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Herman "Joe" Genetti

 

Ermenegildo “Herman” or “Joe” Genetti (1893-1967)

 

Courtesy of Alexandra and Ken Genetti (grandson of Enrico Genetti)

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Dominic Genetti

 

Dominico “Dom” Dionigio Genetti (1895-1966)

 

Courtesy of Alexandra and Ken Genetti (grandson of Enrico Genetti)

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Herman Genetti with his book Herman's Howlings

 

Herman Angelo Genetti (1922-2007) was the son of Ermenegildo “Joe” Genetti (1893-1967) and Dola Belle Whitman (1900-1985). He was a first generation American, born in Lincoln County, Wyoming. Herman was a great storyteller. He self-published a memoir in 1995 about growing up on the prairie and memories of his family. You can find a PDF version of his book “Herman’s Howlings” in the Gallery section of this website, under Biographies by Members of the Genetti Family.

Photograph appeared in the Pinedale Roundup, April 27, 1995.

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Herman's Howlings

 

Cover of “Herman’s Howlings” self-published in 1995 by Herman Genetti. Herman made 200 copies of the original book. Each book was signed and number, with most copies being distributed to family members. There are also a few photocopies in existence of the original soft-cover version made at a later date with several additions. Two copies of “Herman’s Howlings”  are listed as part of the Lincoln County Library System book catalog.

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Many Tyroleans from Castelfondo immigrated to the communities of Rock Springs and LaBarge, Wyoming. Being a close community, many families intermarried during the 1920’s and 30’s. You’ll find cousins in the following photographs share many familiar surnames from their ancestral village: Genetti, Cologna, Menghini, Yanes, Zuech and Marchetti. My thanks to John Nimmo for sharing these wonderful family memories with our website.

Family picnic, LaBarge, Wyoming

Family and friends at a picnic in LaBarge, Wyoming. Judging from the age of the children in this photograph, the event took place around 1934.

(Back Row: L to R) Herman “Joe” (Ermenegildo) Genetti (1893-1967), unknown, Caterina (Cologna) Genetti (1897-1941), Erminia (Yanes) Genetti (1892-1965), Peter Menghini (1866-1943 – John Nimmo’s great-grandfather), possibly Dola Belle (Whitman) Genetti (1900-1985 – wife of Herman “Joe”), possibly Elizabeth Ella Genetti (living? – daughter of Herman “Joe” and Dola).

(Front Row: L to R) Herman Angelo Genetti (1922-2007), Ella Mary Annette Genetti (1925-2004), Elda Genetti (1925-2009), Rudy (Rudolf Renaldo) Genetti (1929-2012), (James) Glenn Hastings (1901-1960), Shirley Hastings (living), Jack Hastings (1931-2008), Norma Hastings (living).

Courtesy of John Nimmo, great-grandson of Peter Menghini.

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1934 LaBarge, Wyoming

About 1934, LaBarge, Wyoming

(Standing: L to R) Hazel (Mattonen) Menghini (1909-2003), Emmett Eligio Menghini (1899-1962), unknown, Herman “Joe” (Ermenegildo) Genetti (1893-1967), unknown, Frank (Francesco Giacinto) Genetti (1884-1974), Caterina (Cologna) Genetti (1897-1941), Peter Menghini (1866-1943 – John Nimmo’s great grandfather), Angela Domenica (Marchetti) Menghini (1869-1944 – John Nimmo’s great grandmother), Rico (Enrico Giovanni) Genetti (1886-1941), unknown, Erminia (Yanes) Genetti (1892-1965), Leno Fred Menghini (1906-1983).

(Front Row: L to R) Rudy (Rudolf Renaldo) Genetti (1929-2012), Elda Genetti (1925-2009), (James) Glenn Hastings (1901-1960 – John’s grandfather), Lena (Menghini) Hastings (1901-1986 – John’s  grandmother), Shirley Hastings (living – John’s mother), Jack Hastings (1931-2008), Norma Hastings (living), unknown, Ella Mary Annette Genetti (1925-2004), Herman Angelo Genetti (1922-2007).

Courtesy of John Nimmo, great-grandson of Peter Menghini.

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1940 Family Group, Wyoming

1940 – Wyoming

Left to Right: Dr. Renaldo Raffaele Menghini (1908-1996 – John Nimmo’s great uncle), Leno Menghini (1906-1983 – John Nimmo’s great-uncle), Angela (Marchetti) Menghini (1869-1944 – John Nimmo’s great-grandmother), Emma Bertagnoli (1896-1985), Peter Menghini (1866-1943 – John Nimmo’s great-grandfather), Rosa Dellaratta, Caterina Cologna Genetti (1897-1941), Amelia “Emma” Toman (1891-1978), Rico (Enrico Giovanni) Genetti (1886-1941).

Courtesy of John Nimmo, great-grandson of Peter Menghini.

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Wedding, Rock Springs, WY

 

Wedding of Flora Gillilan to Frank Victor Genetti.

Left to Right: Possibly Flora’s sister Sarah Gillilan (1917-2013), Flora Gillilan (1918-2003), Frank Victor Genetti (1918-1994), Father Sylvester Welsh, Leno Genetti.  Location: Rock Springs, WY; date: sometime between 1941 and 1944; church was probably Our Lady of Sorrows Church where Father Welsh was the pastor for 40 years.

Courtesy of John Nimmo, great-grandson of Peter Menghini.

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Rudy Genetti

1954 – Rudy Genetti (1929-2012), son of Rico (Enrico Giovanni) Genetti (1886-1941). Rudy was born in Rock Springs, Wyoming and moved to Sonoma, California after a stint in the Air Force, serving as a certified aerial photographer.

Courtesy of John Nimmo, great-grandson of Peter Menghini.

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A visit to Castelfondo, Wyoming and Italian cousins

Group photograph showing Wyoming cousins visiting their Italian cousins in Castelfondo, probably photographed in the early 1960’s.

L to R: William Morandi, Ermenegildo “Joe” Genetti (1893-1967), Max Cologna, Rudy Genetti (1929-2012), Jimmy Cologna, Mr. Turri, Domenico “Dom” Genetti (1895-1966), Joe Cologna.

Courtesy of Dino Marchetti, Castelfondo, Italy. Included in Dino’s book “Castelfondo: The Country and Its People”.

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Alceste and Pietro Genetti

1968 – probably Rock Springs, Wyoming

I have been unable to positively verify this couple but I believe it is Pietro (Pete) Genetti (1882-1971) and his second wife Alceste Zueck (1903-1988) married in 1939. Alceste and Pietro had one son, Paul of Casper, WY.

Pietro and his first wife, Elvira Cologna (1880-1938), were the parents of Leno (1914-1984) and Bruno Genetti (1912-1942).

Courtesy of John Nimmo, great-grandson of Peter Menghini.

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We welcome all contributions to the Genetti Family Photo Gallery. Please send photos as JPG files attached to an email (no more than 8 attachments per email). Include information for each photo so we can give it a caption (names, dates, location). Send to Louise Genetti Roach. Click here for email link.

 

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