A Janitor in San Francisco

A discovery about my bisnonno.

Recently I stumbled across my great-grandfather Attilio’s registration card from the United States, for exemption from World War I as he was an non-American citizen (alien) from Italy.

Like many from the commune of Licciana Nardi around the 1890s, 1900s, 1910s, he travelled to America to work in California. From the details on card, he was a janitor at the Atlas Hotel, located at 4th & Mission Sts, San Francisco. I previously knew he worked as a janitor as I have a clothes brush he brought back from America and gave to his son (my nonno). He even inscribed his initials on the brush which we discovered when we gave it a good clean. It features below.

Also on the card was his residence address at the time, 376 Lombard St, San Francisco, which is located near Coit Tower in the North Beach/Telegraph Hill area. It looks like that building still stands today, which I found on Google Maps street view.

Great-grandfather Attilio was 33 in 1918 when he had this registration card done. According to the card, he was tall, slender, had black eyes, and black hair. I found this record in the U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.

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Where my great-grandfather was believed to live in San Francisco, near the Coit Tower
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His clothes brush, probably from the hotel he worked at

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Relative below, Gemma his wife who was back in Italy
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His signature

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Looks like Anita Paloma Martano was the name of his registrar

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