Bonita Bay Celebrates Centenarian

Bonita Bay Celebrates Centenarian


From Humble Beginnings

The year was 1917.

Woodrow Wilson was president of the United States.

In the early 1900’s, the average life expectancy was 47 years and many of the modern conveniences we take for granted, like electricity and indoor plumbing were the exception, not the rule. Items like washing machines and gas stoves were not invented yet. Housework was considered hard labor, and the average US wage was just 22 cents an hour; even sliced bread wasn’t a concept until 1928!

On April 19, 1917, Vincent (Vinny) Hugh Petrolino was welcomed into the world in Astoria, Queens – one of the five boroughs of New York City. He was raised alongside a brother and a sister by an Italian father and Irish/Scottish mother.  Continue reading “Bonita Bay Celebrates Centenarian”