AKA Giovanni Emmanuele Angelo Leonardo Carisi

John Carisi
John Carisi - 1950
Collection of Louis Gabrielson, 11-22-08

Contributed by Ian Carisi, 9-16-10
Giovanni Emmanuele Angelo Leonardo Carisi (25 December 1884 - 21 February 1960)
- Born in Ferrandina, Italia
- Son of Pietro Carisi and Filomena Giannotti
- Last place of Residence in Italy - Petralia
- Date of Arrival in USA = 8 January 1902 on SS Sardegna from Napoli, It - Age at arrival in USA = 18
- Date of Arrival in USA = 3 October 1902 on SS. Perugia from Napoli, It - Age of arrival in USA = 18
- Marital Status on arrival = single
- Name was changed to John Carisi in Ellis Island, New York, USA during immigration
- Married to Filomena Romano in Manhatten, New York on 18 December 1906
o Note: name changed to John
o Certificate number 31972
o Sound Index C620
 *** Record of a marriage for Giovanni Carisi on 21 September 1907 also in Manhatten, New York,
USA Certificate number 24310 Sound index C620 Bride information N/A
- Father of Vincent, Peter, John, and Claudia
- US Citizenship and Immigration Services
o Case Number: GEN-10022889
o File Number C-3936409
o Naturalization Court: Supreme Court
o White Planes
o Carisi, John born ca. 1885, age 50 (in 1935), Residing at 2 Angelo Place, Port Chester, New York
o Date: March 22, 1935
- Worked in Aviation Industry as an aircraft pioneer
- 1935:
o #2 Angelo Place
o Port Chester, NY

- 1944:
o 11-67 179th Street
o St. Albans
- 1958
o 125 Oldfield Ave
o Amityville, NY

Surviving family involved in Aviation (both great grand children)

Jonathan William Morrison (20 May 1977)
- Born in Leesburg, Virginia, USA
- Half brother of Debra
- Brother of Morgan Heather, Jessica Britt, and Erin Elizabeth
- Married to Emily Ford (1 October 2005)
- Graduated from Roberto-Venn School of Luthiary in Phoenix, Arizona, USA
- Professional Carpenter
- Involved in Aviation as a hobby (Hang Gliding)
- Presently lives in Virginia
- Has 2 dogs

Ian Carisi (21 June 1979)
- Born in San Francisco, California
- Material blood line Jewish
- Graduated from State University of New York at Farmigdale with a B.S. Degree in Aeronautical Science Professional Pilot 2004
- Worked as a full Flight Instructor and pilot (2004 - present)
- Works in the Music Industry - Professional DJ (1988)
- Presently lives in Moscow, Russia and flys a Gulfstream G-200 Private Jet
- Has 2 Labrador Retrievers names E and Ru

Lawson Crew
Puffler and the Lawson Airliner Crew - 1922
1. Puffler, the flyer; 2. Mr. Ellis, President of Co.; 3. Mr. Wm. Hoberg, of the Hoberg Paper Ind.;
4. Mr. Lawson; 5. Mr. Savard; 6. Andrew Rasmussen, mechanic; 7. Harvey Cameron, mechanic;
8. Mr. L. Allison, Engineer; 9. Myself, Frank Schober; 10. Andy Surini;
11. John Carisi; 12. W. Smith, machinist; 13. H. Peck, tinsmith
Collection of Frank Schober
Courtesy of Margaret Schober Seaman, 3-23-06

Lawson Aircraft
     Early Bird Harry D. Graulich passed away at his home of lung cancer on Thursday, October 24th, 1968, at the age of 71 years, 3 months. He was born in New York City on July 2, 1896. Survivors are his wife Marian, to whom he was married for 32 years, his daughter Harriet who attended many of the E.B. reunions with him, and a grandaughter.
     During W.W.I Harry worked with Lawson Aircraft at Green Bay in Wisconsin, building trainer planes for the Air Force...this was the company later known as the first airline in the U.S.A.
      A number of the same group he flew with on Staten Island were also here, among them John Carisi, Andy Surini, Frank Schober, Harry Adler and Vince Burnelli. Larry Allison, also an E.B. worked there at the same time. After this Harry worked for Sperry as their toolmaker when they were experimenting with the possibilities of the Gyroscope and the automatic pilot. Then he worked for Wright Martin in New Brunswick, N.J. About this time (the 1920's) aviation went into a spin and the doldrums lasted a long time, so Harry turned to other work for a number of years. However, aviation was still his first love, and he got back into it late in the 1930's when he went to work for Curtiss Wright Propeller Division near Pittsburgh; from there he went to Lycoming in Williamsport, Pa., then to Kellett Autogiro in Philadelphia. Along came the war and he was frozen in a non aviation job as a toolmaker making aviation parts. Then he went to Chase Aircraft in Trenton, and worked for them until they folded in the 1950's. He then took a job as toolmaker and jig and fixture builder for a manufacturer of specialized office furniture. There he remained until his retirement in 1964. After his retirement he spent much of his time in a small back yard shop, where he throughly enjoyed his retirement.
from The Early Birds of Aviation CHIRP, January, 1969, Number 75

Carisi & Burnelli
Vincent J. Burnelli, a pioneer in world aviation, died of a stroke on June 22, 1964, aged 69, in the Southampton Hospital on Long Island.He proved that lifting-body aircraft was superior both in safety, efficiency and performance and held that the more conventional tube-shaped fuselage was practically a dead weight between the wings. He designed his first airplane in 1915, at Maspeth, Queens, New York City, with a friend, John Carisi.
     The open biplane was first demonstrated at the old Hempstead Plains Aviation Field, which was later to become Roosevelt Field.
From The Early Birds of Aviation CHIRP, December 1964, Number 71

  John Carisi, Aviation Pioneer  
       Brooklyn--John Carisi, 75, a pioneer aircraft maker and pilot who designed and flew planes from Long Island airfield, died Sunday at his home of a heart ailment. He lived at 2356 McDonald Ave.
     Carisi organized the first transatlantic passenger flight only 15 days after Charles A. Lindbergh's historic New York-to-Paris flignt. As superintendent of construction for the Columbia Aircraft Co., Carisi tested the Bellanca monoplane Columbia before it carried Clarence D. Chamberlin as pilot, and Charles A. Levine, as passenger, from Roosevelt Field to Eisleben, Germany, on June 4-5, 1927.
     A native of Ferrandina in southern Italy, Carisi came to the United States in 1903. In 1906,
he organized the New York Model Aero Society, a group that designed, built and flew models in the infant aircraft industry.
     He built his first airplane in 1908 at the Hempstead Plains Aviation Field, which was deactivated in 1916 and is now a part of Hicksville. He wa associated with the late Gen Billy Mitchell in the first tests of the original multi-engine bomber.
     He is survived by his widow, Philomena; two sons, Vincent, an aircraft designer, of Glen Cove, and John Jr. of New York City, and a daughter, Mrs. Harold Moore of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
      Burial will be Thursday from Cusimano Chapel, 2005 Sixth St., at St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale.

Editor's Note:
If you have any more information on any of these pioneer aviators,
please contact me.
E-mail to Ralph Cooper

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