I need to establish in a form that is acceptable to the Italian consulate (so, certified) that a great grandfather lived and died in Kellogg or Wardner Idaho around 1897. Details of the specific person: Italian name: Michele Celeste Bottinelli; Americanized name: Celeste Bottinelli (see alternate spellings); Born: 30th of September, 1854, Besano, Italy; Married: 18th of December, 1881, Besano, Italy. Spouse Italian: Luigia Maurizia Vergobbi aka Louisa Vergobbi or Louisa Bottinelli; Died: 22nd of September, 1897, Kellogg (or Wardner), Idaho; Occupation: Delivered ice; Possible address: 102 or 104 East Mullan, Kellogg, ID. Alternate spellings I've found: Bottenelli, Bettanelli, Battinelli, Bettinelli, Botinelli, Bottnell, Betanelly, Battimelly, Vitenlli, Scelest, Salesti, "Ce lest", Leslie.
I have tried: Idaho Vital Statistics Certificate Request: Form states no records prior to 1911. I will submit it for a "No Record" paper trail; Family Search, Ancestry- found records listing Celeste as a parent of his children and married to Louisa but nothing more; Census- He probably emigrated and moved to Kellogg after 1888 (birth of son in Besano, 6th of Sept, 1889) and before the 30th of December 1891 (birth of daughter 30-12-1891 USA). Hence he missed the 1880 census, the 1890 census was destroyed in a fire (have checked the remnants), and doesn't appear in the 1990 census as he died in 1897; Find a Grave: see attached! There is a gravestone with him and Louisa on it. The cemetery has no other records ( I called); The historical society in town says at that time the furniture store would serve as the mortuary. It still exists, Twin City Furniture in Kellogg. They may have records. Naturalization attempt: Celeste did submit a Declaration of Intention and I have copies of 3 docs that verify this: (1) his original doc with his signature, no. 141; (2) A petition for naturalization submitted by Celeste's son, Charles, that references the original petition and states that his father (Celeste) died "before becoming actually naturalized" and to this is attached (3) another iteration of the Declaration of Intention, no 141, submitted by Celeste. All of these are attached. These were found via FamilySearch. Might other siblings have the same notations if they too applied for citizenship?
Land Ownership: Louisa (spouse) is shown as owning her own home in the 1900 census. This could have been purchased by Celeste and then inherited by Louisa when he died? Would there be any official documents? Military: Although Celeste didn't serve, all of his boys did. Might these records show anything with respect to Celeste? Church: Contacted Meri Price, Administrative Assistant, Office of the Chancellor, Diocese of Boise. Didn't find anything. Rumor has it that they didn't attend church much. They may have also attended a different denomination as there was some scandal around the Catholic church? Unclear.
To recap- I have a photo of the grave that proves Celeste died and is buried in Kellogg but I have no paperwork. I'm unsure if I need more (probably) and wonder if I'm missing something that might exist? Many thanks for all ideas!