Carderelli, Liberato (History - 1858)


Janet Schwarze





----Source: 1918 History of Clark County, Wisconsin

                                               Mr. & Mrs. Liberato Cardarelli


LIBERATO CARDARELLI, proprietor of Crystal Spring Farm, of 154 acres, in Section 33, Pine Valley Township, was born in Gilolona, Italy, May 28, 1858, a son of John and Pasqua Cardarelli, the mother's family name being Garberilia. The parents were farmers by occupation. The father died at a good age, leaving his wife and one son, Liberato. The latter had a good schooling and learned farming in his native land.


In 1879, being a single man, 21 years old, he set out for the United States, landing at New York in June, after a four weeks' voyage in a steamer. He spent his first Fourth of July in New York City, but soon after went to Denver, Colorado, finding employment in the mines at South Park, that state, where he remained a year. He then returned east as far as Youngstown, Ohio, where until 1881 he worked in the rolling mills. At the end of that time he returned to Colorado, traveling on the new railroad which ran through Gunnison. In July, 1882, he located in Madison, Wis., where he found employment, remaining until 1890. Then, having made up his mind to try farming, Mr. Cardarelli came to Clark County and bought 120 acres of land in Section 33, Pine Valley Township-the same tract that constitutes his present farm. There were no buildings on the place and the land was covered with pine stumps. In order to meet his expenses he was obliged to seek work in Neillsville, but worked on his farm as he found opportunity.


He had been married in Madison to Mary Duschak, a native of Bohemia, who came with her brothers to Wisconsin, locating in Dane County, and they had one child, John. For his first residence, Mr. Cardarelli built a house 18 by 24 feet, of one story and a half, and about three years after he started he got some old horses and stock, which he has gradually replaced by better ones, until he now raises a good grade of each, and also good hogs. He has erected a substantial barn, 30 by 70 feet, a silo, 14 by 30, and has a nice looking residence.


In addition to these immediate interests, Mr. Cardarelli is a shareholder in the Farmers' Co-operative Elevator and Lumber Company of Neillsville, the Co-operative Pine Valley Butter Company, and the Sidney Creamery. His prosperity has been self-achieved and has only been gained by long years of hard work. He was road superintendent of his district for four or five years and served once as school treasurer. He and his wife have reared a family of nine children: John, now living in Minneapolis Anna, wife of John Anthony, and a resident of Madison Joseph, now a corporal in Company A, 128th Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Zenda, wife of Chester Cook of Neillsville Michael, a soldier in the same company and regiment as his brother Joseph Arnelin, Louis, Vivian and Tony. The family are members of the Catholic Church, Mr. Cardarelli contributing to the cost of erecting the church in Neillsville.



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