In the early 1900’s, Amadio and Julia Ciruli immigrated to the United States from Schiavi, Abruzzo, Italy, a small town near the Adriatic Sea.
They went west, settling in Pueblo, Colorado, where they bought ten acres of farmland on a mesa south of the Arkansas River. And so Amadio and Julia staked out their claim to the American dream.
The Cirulis had four children. When the oldest of the children, Charlie, turned nine, he was given total responsibility for farming five of the ten acres. Times were tough then, so Amadio told his son:
“You must make a profit,” And Charlie did.