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Teresa Viscardi
Teresa-Viscardi
Character information
Full name Teresa Angelino Viscardi
Nicknames Nanna (by Jackie)
Gender Female
Born c. 1869[1]
Died July 16, 1952[2]
Hair color
Eye color
Residence Opportunity, Idaho Territory
Time period April – July 1883
Occupations Teacher
Education
Family Nanna Viscardi (grandmother)
Rose Viscardi (mother)
Mr. Viscardi (father)
Ernesto Viscardi (younger brother)
Antoinetta Viscardi (younger sister) †
Tomas Viscardi (younger brother)
Eugenio Viscardi (uncle)
Marta Viscardi (aunt)
Rosaria Viscardi (cousin)
Three children
Barb (granddaughter)
Jackie (great-granddaughter)
Relationships James Madden (husband)
Pets
Religion Catholicism
Affiliations
Appears in West to a Land of Plenty
"Uncle Eugenio asked me for the pistol, and when I hesitated, he said, "What use is a pistol to a girl?" "The same as for a boy," I answered, and tied the string around my waist, and said I wanted to keep it. I wanted Uncle Eugenio to know that out here we are all starting over again."
—Teresa Viscardi[3]

Teresa Angelino Madden (née Viscardi; c. 1869 – July 16, 1952) was the daughter of Rose and Mr. Viscardi. She was the sister of Antoinetta, Ernesto, and Tomas. Teresa traveled from New York to the Idaho Territory with her family.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Teresa was born the first child of Rose and Mr. Viscardi around 1869.[1] She had three siblings, Antoinetta, Ernesto, and Tomas. Her grandmother emigrated from Trappeto, Sicily,[4][5] an island region of Italy. Teresa's family lived on Wooster Street and owned a store in New York City, New York, until 1883.

Journey to IdahoEdit

In early 1883, Teresa's father announced that they would be moving to the Idaho Territory to form a community named Opportunity with several other families. Teresa's mother was hesitant at first to agree, but eventually relented. That April, Teresa and her family boarded a train heading west, after taking a ferry to New Jersey. On the train, Teresa met her friend, John Wilson Anderson.

They reached the last train stop in Watertown in late April. Teresa's family began preparing for their journey on the wagon trail by purchasing several essentials. A week later, they formed a wagon train and headed straight towards the Idaho Territory. It was a grueling journey, which required Teresa to walk around ten miles a day. Teresa spent much of the trip doing chores for her mother, and visiting her friends, John Wilson and Mary Margaret Degler, who she met on the trail.

In mid-June, news of a nearby silver strike reach the wagon train and several men left to go look for it, including Teresa's father and uncle. The rest of Teresa's family continued west, until they were left behind after her aunt, cousin, and brother fell ill. Two days later, Teresa and her grandmother went to Rapid City to retrieve her father and uncle. Upon returning to the wagon, Teresa learned about her sister's death. Still devastated, they buried Antoinetta and rejoined the wagon train.

Later lifeEdit

Teresa's entire family prospered in Opportunity, where her father opened up a thriving farm. The following year, she was hired as an assistant teacher to Mr. Cross. She became head teacher six years later, before retiring in 1936. Teresa married at thirty-six to James Madden. They had three children as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Teresa and James were together until her death on July 16, 1952.[2]

Personality and traitsEdit

Her grandmother was constantly lecturing Teresa about what how a proper lady should act or be, which Teresa always ignored. Teresa, as a girl, was often frustrated that she was not allowed to do certain things that her brother could. As their journey continued on, Teresa proved to her family that she was just as strong as any boy. She was also permitted to drive the wagon and became skilled at it.

Family treeEdit

The Viscardi Family Tree
 
 
 
 
 
 
"Nanna" Viscardi
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Marta Viscardi
 
Eugenio Viscardi
 
 
Mr. Viscardi
 
Rose Viscardi
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unnamed
 
Rosaria Viscardi
 
Teresa Viscardi
(c.1869-1952)
 
James Madden
 
Ernesto Viscardi
(c.1873-?)
 
Antoinetta Viscardi
(c.1875-1883)
 
Tomas Viscardi
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Four children
 
 
 
 
 
Three children
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Barb
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jackie

Behind the scenesEdit

AppearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

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