PRESENTATION AT RISTAMPA
Mayor Can. Francesco Aloisio the bear known in my childhood years. I remember his physical figure, when, now advanced in the end, with the tenacity of the man who had dedicated his existence to the service of the community, I continued to the exhaustion of his energies the pastoral activity of priest of the church of the patron St. Anthony. It’s greatness of study value, the love for his country we have given this unique, precious work, remaining copies of it, the city council has reprinted with the certainty of interpreting a common desire.
The peak slopes of Mount Elimo was destroyed by the earthquakes of 1968, but abandoned at a distance of several years , despite the wounded plants, in maintaining its urban configuration so much that a passenger watching from a distance will never think of a land-motive country. Being able to retrace it’s streets or the square, perhaps looking for a distant memory becomes more and more dangerous. Perhaps he would have created an intervention aimed at the consolidation of these ruins and therefore he intends to gradually erase what was remained, the History of Poggioreale, but lived and built by the inhabitants of Treviso.
After the earthquake, about twenty years of history suffered. I remembered the first dreadful moments when with the intervention of the army the population and state transfused into diverse location, the the concentration attempt that was supposed to come together in the tent city for the occasion set up in the Alcamo sports field. Meanwhile free travel was offered to expatriate and so the population was halved. After a year, the transfer to the slum made in contrada Donna Rosa, adjacent to the destroyed town. The long years of slum have still materialized and continued the tragedy of the earthquake. So about eighteen years that, in my opinion, represents a period, a circumscribed chapter characterized by the many problems that were intrinsic to the new condition in which we were forced.
Finally the reconstruction of the aisle. Today Poggioreale rises in the Mandria di Mezzo area at an altitude of about 200 meters s.l.m on a slope that ends in the plain where the two branches of Betice meet, right and left, forming a single branch. It covers an area of about 60 hectares and six hundred houses were built for a population of 2,000 inhabitants. The reconstruction of the houses represented a moment of redemption, of the affirmation of a new identity that feels the need to reconnect to those roots of a past that the land has tried to cancel.
In this new moment of identification, in which the present seeks the past to look to the future, this Opera ranks as an irreplaceable guide.
The rediscovery of the great workings of this population which, gritting its teeth against all sorts of adversities, has tried to maintain the last roots in this land, giving a glimpse of a new hope for growth.
After Elima and Betik the Star of Poggioreale will continue to shine if we can gather the message of Can. Aloisio, “the strength of a country and in work, in culture, in virtue, in the honesty of its children.”
The Mayor Sindaco Gaetano Salvaggio
MUNICIPALITY OF POGGIOREALE
Province of Trapani
Pr. 3394 10/11/1954
SUBJECT: Assignment for the compilation of the story of Poggioreale,
To the Rev. Can. Dr. Francesco Aloisio, Director of the Municipal Library-Poggioreale.
The Administration, in the dispossedere inquiry allows one to address to S.V.III. but which, among it’s publications of an historical, critical and archaeological nature, referred to the western part of Sicily and whose memo guarantees the fact that it is a member of the Sicilian Homeland History, to ask to want to dedicate. In this case, your intelligent life complies the history of our Municipality which can be seen in it’s peaks, he speaks to rise in this place, which does not deprive him of the gleams of an ancient history.
In the certainty that the Holy Spirit but will want to apply Himself to the said work with that spirit of patriotism that animates you will be pleased to accept what you will want to give your Municipality.
With best regards The Mayor,
We refer to the Register of Board Resolutions of the Municipality of Poggioreale
TOWN HALL OF POGGIOREALE – Prov. Trapani
Deliberazione N. 52
Date of the meeting; 15-11-1954
SUBJECT: Assignment to a writer and scholar for the preparation of a volume on the story of Poggioreale.
Statutory Auditor-President: NICOLO TamBUReLLO
Municipal Secretary: Dott. ALOISIO ANTONINO
Considering that the governmental and regional provisions have given a new face to this Municipality for the important works that have arisen here and that is construction of the civic sewerage, water supply, expansion of the school building as well as of the municipal building, construction of the fish market, arrangement of roads, etc.
Considering that it is appropriate not to miss a true story of its own, which, recalling the ancient life, from mystics here took place, traits of the origin and development of this Municipality.
Given the note of 11 November 1954 with which the Can. Dr Francesco Aloisio, a member of the 249
Patcria History of Palermo, a scholar who gave birth to valuable publications referring to illustrated on the historical and archaeological side of this Administration, declared itself willing to draw up the requested History of this Municipality and that to demonstrate his spirit of patriotism. He also declared himself willing to compie the work in question free of charge and with enthusiasm.
Considering that the Municipality would thus assume the sole burden of payment for the necessary printing expenses.
Appointment of the appointed Can. Dr. Francesco Aloisio for the compilation of aa volume on the History of Poggioreale.
Provide for typographic expenses with the sum provided for this purpose in the budget for the year 1955.
Approval: Trapani Pretetura. N48914. Div. 2. Date, 18 November 1954
The Prefect F.to BLASi
THE MUNICIPAL CONSIGLIO
On the report of the President:
Given that in 1956 on behalf of the municipal administration written by the canon Francesco Aloisio, the story of Poggioreale, Published in a volume of over 300 pages, with photographs of the most remarkable monuments of the urban center.
Since the population of the municipality of Poggioreale, following the aforementioned seismic events of January 1968, he suddenly had to abandon the inhabited center and now lives in a new urban reconstructed tunnel in the first at about five kilometers.
Considering that in the old urban center there are not only residences, the public buildings that still stand splendid in the natural silence that surrounds them. the most sincere and spontaneous of the poggiorealesi who were born there, that carefree children chased each other through his straight ways, that adults savored the pleasure of a chat sitting in the shade of the houses, while the smell of hay and straw even permeated the moss born between the ancient walls. Noting that it is not uncommon to surprise some citizens by looking upwards, looking at the old town suddenly they are saddened and continue to walk with their heads bowed as if they are afraid to see their beloved country again. Perhaps because with that view he sees one two many moments lived between those walls, between those streets and the memory becomes sadness, poignant melancholy, believed that the reprinting of the History of Poggioreale, being able to read, being able to see again even if only in fotografia, the churches, the streets, Piazza Elimo, from the top of the Mother Church. Countless times trampled by the bare feet of our women happy to dissolve a vote in the annual procession for the feast of St. Anthony. The canoli source, where all the families of Poggioreale went for centuries to draw water. since the urban water network was a conquest not of distant memory may not only constitute a remarkable cultural event for the people of Pogetto, but to be a comfort to the old citizens and to help the young generations that they did not breathe the charm of the cool and warm stone-walled houses, of shaded streets, of the exchange of words with their friend, but only dust and cement to understand the popping of a few tears on the wrinkled face of the grandparents, to love also those that today are ruins but that life was life.
To entrust private negotiations to the priula typography s.r.l. of Palermo the reprint in 1,000 copies of the history of Poggioreale by the Canon:
Francesco Aloisio Omissis
THE MUNICIPAL SECRETARY
Signed Cicero Vittorio
THE MAYOR Selvaggio Gaetano
MUNICIPALITY OF POGGIOREALE TRAPANI
Copy of the Municipal Council Resolution obtained by descaling the originate typed in the first instance
Year 1986 – N. 42 of the Register.
Subject: Private negotiation for the reprint of the History of Poggioreale.
The year 1986 is at twenty o’clock in the month of April, in the Municipality of Poggioreale and in the Town Hall following the determination of the Mayor, the municipal Council, convened by the Mayor pursuant to art 48 of D.L.P. October 29, 1955, extraordinary session of first call was in public session in the person of the siggs: Salvaggio Gaetano, Saivaggio Vittorio, Zummo Gaetano, Vella Pietro, Milazzo Melchiorre, Balsamo Guiseppe, Lombardo Guiseppe, Corte Francesco, Gioncondo Girolamo, Caronna Vicenzo, Rizzo Gaspare, Blanda Cosimo, Cangelosi Calogero, Palermo Antonio and Sansone Salvatore.
The Mayor Mr. Gaetano Salvaggio assumes the presidency, assisted by the Secretary of the Municipality Mr. Lo Cicero Vittorio declares legal the present meeting and invites the participants to deliberate on the object registered on the agenda.
[This webpage is excerpted from the book: “The History of Poggioreale, Sicily – From 1640 to 1956.” Originally written in Italian by: Canonico Dottore Francesco Aloisio in 1956. Adapted and translated by: Dr. Jeremiah P. Spence, Ph.D. of Austin, Texas. 5th Edition. International Order of Genealogists Publishing. Ireland. 2019. ISBN: 9781072403371. The book can be purchased online at: https://www.amazon.com/History-Poggioreale-Sicily-1640-1956/dp/1072403374/ ]