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"Dear Sister: A writer is only as good as her pencil, and a pencil is only as good as its point. Have I made my point? And why did you paste in the advertisement if you hate the move so much?"
—Antoinetta writes in Teresa's diary.[3]

Antoinetta "Netta" Viscardi (1875 – June 29, 1883) was the younger sister of Teresa Viscardi, and the second daughter of Rose and Mr. Viscardi. She had two brothers, Ernesto and Tomas. Netta traveled with her family toward a new life in the Idaho Territory.


Early life[]

Antoinetta was born in 1875 to Rose and Mr. Viscardi.[1] She had three siblings, Teresa, Ernesto, and Tomas. Her family was from Trappeto, Sicily,[4] an island region of Italy. She lived on Wooster Street in New York City, New York, until 1883.

Journey to Idaho[]

Antoinetta's father decided that they would be moving to the Idaho Territory to form a community named Opportunity with several other settlers in early 1883. Her mother did not want to go, but eventually said yes. In April, Antoinetta boarded a train heading west with her family, after taking a ferry to New Jersey.

The train reached its last stop in Watertown towards the end of April. The Viscardi family began preparing for the long journey on the wagon trail. They began traveling to the Idaho Territory a week later. Although the trip was tough, Netta spent most of it avoiding chores and playing with her new friend, Edi Richardson.

In mid-June, several men left to go mine for silver, including Antoinetta's father and uncle. Everyone else continued west, but were left behind after her aunt, cousin, and brother fell ill. Shortly later, Teresa and Nanna leave to retrieve her father and uncle. Antoinetta suddenly fell ill on June 28, 1883, and passed away the following day.

Personality and traits[]

Teresa described Netta as smart, likable, and that she "always says the right things", though Netta disagreed. Netta was also a good speller and often corrected her sister's spelling, which annoyed Teresa. Occasionally, Teresa would call Netta a "know-it-all."

Family tree[]

The Viscardi Family Tree
"Nanna" Viscardi
Marta Viscardi
Eugenio Viscardi
Mr. Viscardi
Rose Viscardi
Rosaria Viscardi
Teresa Viscardi
James Madden
Ernesto Viscardi
(b. 1873)
Antoinetta Viscardi
Tomas Viscardi
Four children
Three children

Behind the scenes[]



See also[]

Dear America characters
Main characters

Remember "Mem" Whipple | Deliverance Trembley | Lozette Moreau | Catharine Logan | Prudence Emerson
Abigail Stewart | Lucinda Lawrence | María Rosalia de Milagros | Hattie Campbell | Mary Driscoll
Florence "Florrie" Mack Ryder | Susanna Fairchild | Clotee Henley | Amelia Martin | Emma Simpson
Sarah Nita | Phillis "Patsy" Frederick | Libby West | Priscilla "Pringle" Rose | Mary "Polly" Rodgers
Nannie Little Rose | Angeline Reddy | Sarah Jane Price | Teresa Viscardi | Anetka Kaminska
Zipporah Feldman | Minette "Minnie" Bonner | Angela Denoto | Margaret Ann Brady | Kathleen Bowen
Simone Spencer | Lydia Pierce | Nell "Nellie Lee" Love | Bess Brennan | Minerva "Minnie" Swift | Grace Edwards
Julie Weiss | Madeline Beck | Amber Billows | Piper Davis | Dawn "Dawnie Rae" Johnson | Molly Flaherty

Supporting characters

Antoinetta Viscardi | Leon Nasevich | Daniel Pierce | Erma Jean Love | Patrick Flaherty

Lists of characters by book

A Journey to the New World | I Walk in Dread | Look to the Hills | Standing in the Light
Love Thy Neighbor | The Winter of Red Snow | Cannons at Dawn | A Line in the Sand
Valley of the Moon | Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie | So Far from Home | All the Stars in the Sky
Seeds of Hope | A Picture of Freedom | A Light in the Storm | When Will This Cruel War Be Over?
The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow | I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly | The Great Railroad Race
Down the Rabbit Hole | Land of the Buffalo Bones | My Heart Is on the Ground | Behind the Masks
My Face to the Wind | West to a Land of Plenty | A Coal Miner's Bride | Dreams in the Golden Country
A City Tossed and Broken | Hear My Sorrow | Voyage on the Great Titanic | A Time for Courage
When Christmas Comes Again | Like the Willow Tree | Color Me Dark | Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Christmas After All | Survival in the Storm | One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping
My Secret War | Early Sunday Morning | The Fences Between Us | With the Might of Angels
Where Have All the Flowers Gone?