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Re: Helene HARDER b.1897 Samoa
Posted by: Ka'Ike (ID *****2890) Date: December 20, 2006 at 07:28:59
In Reply to: Helene HARDER b.1897 Samoa by Manaia of 591

Talofa lava Manaia!

This is the same info I shared in may last Frank & John posting.

One daughter, half-sister to Frank and John Harder, we knew as Aunt Helen. Could that be the Helene Harder you were asking about in this post?

Aunt Helen settled in Boston Massashusetts and married a man named Giordano. I believe I may have found her in the SSDI. She had no children but fostered a young boy for many years. His birth mother, possibly of French-Canadian heritage, would never sign over custody so when he came of age he took the name Giordano. I cannot recall his first name. Larry Giordano just popped into my head, but I could be wrong.

The last I remember is visiting him and his new wife in the late 1960s. They had moved into her family compound north of Boston starting with an L, Lowell, possibly. I THINK it was near a cloverleaf on/off ramp to an interstate freeway. Several of the children had homes along the road leading to the main house.

His wife's family name was Bonano? Not sure of the spelling but it was the same as the infamous NYC crime family. They had a small pig farm and slaughtered their own livestock.

I vividly remember the tour of the small slaughterhouse given by the Bonano family patriarch proud of the recent upgrade with all stainless steel fixtures! I was in my teens but remember the coupling of a crime family name with a slaughterhouse was a bit unnerving! But they seemed like nice folks and I remember a big family dinner under the grape arbor outside the parent's main home. That is my last memory of our Boston relations.

When I was stationed in Newport Rhode Island in 1985 & 1986, tried looking up Bonano, Giordano, and slaughterhouses, but never found anything. With divorce so prevalent, who knows if they are still together.

Aloha a hui hou/Aloha until we meet again


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