CELESTINO ELLERO: (b. Lauk, Alta Carnia, Northeast Yugoslavia) 1840, d. Oct. 5, 1937). Son of GIOVANNI ELLERO and LUIGIA DAMIANI.
"Immigrated to Friuli, Prov. Udine, at 17 years of age. Marriage: Met his future wife Angelina Picili of Maiano, at the Morgant Textile Co. located in city of Gemona , where he worked as a foreman. "He always said he married her because she was a good Spinner." He was known to wear a long black cape that went to his feet. It would wave in the wind as he walked. He would often throw one side of the cape over his shoulder when he would walk by his future wife."
Military Service: Austro-Hungarian Army for 5 years [1858-1863]. [Lieutenant of Lancers Regiment. Battle of Solferino. (6/24, 1859). Left for the United States of America. Possible service (1864) as a private in Co. L.,15th North Carolina Vol. Inf. CSA, as 'William' Ellero, (a.k.a. 'William' Eller.)]
"After he was discharged from the Austro-Hungarian Military service in 1863, he went to Prague, Yugoslavia, where he and three Pagnutti brothers (Giovanni, Giuseppe, & Jacomo) built a large bridge across the Hobrovak River, which still stands today. All of their names are engraved on each of the four pillars that support the bridge. They were all huge men, Celestino being the shortest at 6' 4". After construction was completed in Prague, each man went his own way, [and Celestiino Ellero later went to America]. The Pagnutti family became farmers (and are still to this day)."
"On his return, he settled again in Friuli, where Celestino Ellero become a Carpenter, specializing in bedroom furniture, and elaborate bird cages, said to have been works of art. He worked in his shop right up to the day he died at the age of 97 and 3 months."
"He thought he needed a doctor only once in his lifetime. Dr. Martina visited him at his home, where he found Celestino in the kitchen squeezing tomatoes one in each of his large hands, over a cauldron, making soup. The doctor decided Celestino looked better than he did, so he left! Years later when he died, the same doctor came to certify his death, and this is what he wrote on the 'Death Certificate': Causo Di Morte (Cause of Death), "Tropp Rilasatto" (Too Relaxed). "Dimenticato Di Resarare" (Forgot to Breath), i.e. Natural Causes."
"At his home in San Tomaso, he was extremely respected as a "Authority", and people would come to him for advise on just about everything."