Sam Morella

5 June 1880–February 1978 (Age 97)
Sicily, Italy

The Life of Sam

When Sam Morella was born on 5 June 1880, in Sicily, Italy, his father, Antonio Morella, was 23 and his mother, Rosalia R Rizzo, was 20. He married Francesca "Mary" Ventura in 1906. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in West Allis, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States for about 20 years. He died in February 1978, in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States, at the age of 97.

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Family Time Line

Sam Morella
Francesca "Mary" Ventura
Marriage: 1906
John Charles Morella
Francesco "Frank" Morella
Josephine Morella
Charles Morella
Jane Morella

Spouse and Children



    John Charles Morella


    Francesco "Frank" Morella


    Josephine Morella


    Charles Morella


    Jane Morella


Parents and Siblings

    Antonio Morella





World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 1

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1883 · The Newhall House Hotel Fire

Age 3

A fire erupted on January 10, 1883, at the Newhall Hotel in Milwaukee. The fire began at 4:00 am in an elevator shaft and raced up through the building. The fire spread so quickly that many could not escape. General and Mrs. Tom Thumb, stars of P.T. Barnum's circus, were guests in the hotel at the time of the fire. A firefighter reached them by ladder and they were able to escape safely. The exact number of deaths remains unknown as the hotel register was destroyed in the fire, however, the death toll is estimated between 75-90.
1906 · Saving Food Labels

Age 26

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.

Name Meaning

Italian:1. from a feminine form of the personal name Morello . 2. topographic name for someone who lived where brambles grew, from Old Sicilian morella, Sicilian mureddha ‘blackberry’. Morellas is also found as a Greek family name.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Sam Morella, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Sam Morella, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Sam Morella, "United States Census, 1930"

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