John R. Vollaro September 1994
Vollaro was born in Gragnano Italy on September 14, 1871. He was the
fourth child of Sabastiano and Filomena Di Soma Vollaro. When Andrea
was a young man in his 20's, he would walk several miles to the
village of Ajerola to court Luisa Acompara. They were married in 1893
and on August 12, 1893 they emigrated to the United States. They
settled in Brooklyn NY. Andrea worked for a tanning company, sold
vegetables from a horse drawn wagon and eventually opened a shoe
store. They bought a house at 1094 Coney Island Avenue and lived
there while they raised a family of 6 children. Their children were
Charles, Joseph, John, Nina, Elizabeth, and Andrew. Two daughters
were stillborn before Charles was born.
made, sold and repaired shoes until he was in his 70's. After closing
the shoe business, he sold olive oil, cheese, and other Italian food
to a small group of clients. He got the food from his brother Vincent
who ran a food import business in New York. After retiring, Andrea
spent the summers in the Adirondack mountains where the family owned
some property on Schroon Lake. He ran a small motel on the property
where there were 5 small cabins. The property at Schroon Lake became
a favorite vacation spot for the Vollaro family for many generations.
It was named Luisanda, a combination of the names Luisa and Andrea.
died June 17, 1956 at the age of 85. He is remembered for his easy
going nature and humorous stories.