In 1880, the Pensas and Gardellas had been in St. Louis for ten years. The population was 350,000, up from 310,000 in 1870. Irish and Eastern Europeans were the largest immigrant communities. The number of Italians had grown to thousands, and would increase dramatically in the next 20 years.
Here’s an amazing fact. In 1880, our Pensas, all the way from Roccatagliata, were the only Pensas in the United States.
The past stories have brought the Teplys and Jarvises up to the 1930s. Mel Jarvis and Don Teply are coming of age. Their lives will soon be disrupted by World War II. After the war, they will marry and raise families.