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Del Rio in Val Verde County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

John Taini

 
 
John Taini Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 31, 2014
1. John Taini Marker
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On November 1, 1854, John Taini was born in Rezzato, Italy (near Brescia) to Gerolamo and Lucia Prandelli Taini. John later became a stonemason there, and an American contractor recruited him and his partner, G.B. Cassinelli, to build structures in New York. Although those projects fell through, Taini and Cassinelli worked for the railroads and then for the U.S. Army constructing stone buildings at Fort Clark in Brackettville, Texas. Like many hired to work at Fort Clark, Taini and Cassinelli later moved to Del Rio, where many other Italians immigrated in the 1880s.

Family tradition holds that Taini returned to Italy in 1889 to wed Erminia Gerola (1874-1955). The couple reared two daughters, Annie and Lucy. Taini maintained his partnership with Cassinelli, building several structures, as well as buying and selling real estate in the Del Rio area. As a stonemason, Taini worked as a sub-contractor on the Val Verde County Courthouse in 1885. Other projects at that time included Southern Pacific Railroad employee housing, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Club Café, the 1904 Methodist church building and numerous residences. Taini's
John Taini Marker (<i>wide view showing adjacent church - contruction by John Taini</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 31, 2014
2. John Taini Marker (wide view showing adjacent church - contruction by John Taini)
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partnership with Cassinelli dissolved by 1904, but he continued working on construction projects. He won multiple county and city contracts, including work on the county jail, bridges, canal and creek improvements, and two dams across San Felipe Creek. Unfortunately, many of Taini's structures were damaged or razed as a result of a 1998 flood.

In addition to Taini's architectural contributions, he was also a leader in the Del Rio community. He donated land for civic improvements and served as an election judge and on the board of directors of the Italian Catholic Cemetery, now part of Sacred Heart Cemetery, where he was buried in 1929.
 
Erected 2006 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13793.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionForts and CastlesIndustry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 29° 21.527′ N, 100° 53.784′ W. Marker is in Del Rio, Texas, in Val Verde County. Marker is at the intersection of Mill Street and East Greenwood Street, on the right when traveling north on Mill Street. Marker is located beside the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, one of the many buildings
Sacred Heart Catholic Church (<i>front view - 1885 construction by John Taini</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 31, 2014
3. Sacred Heart Catholic Church (front view - 1885 construction by John Taini)
in the area constructed by John Taini. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 307 East Losoya Street, Del Rio TX 78840, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sacred Heart Catholic Church (a few steps from this marker); Camp Hudson, C.S.A. (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Val Verde County Courthouse Square (about 500 feet away); First United Methodist Church of Del Rio (about 700 feet away); Old Del Rio National Bank Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Max and Anna Stool (approx. ¼ mile away); Canal System of Del Rio (approx. ¼ mile away); City of Del Rio (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Del Rio.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  Del Rio – Rio Grande River City.
John Taini and his partner, G.B. Cassinelli, worked for the railroad and then for the U.S. Army constructing stone buildings for Fort Clark in Brackettville, Texas. Once the fort was complete, the two moved to Del Rio in the early 1880’s. Taini worked to help build several prominent buildings including the Val Verde County Courthouse in 1887, the 1895 Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the 1904 Methodist Church building, as well as several others. (Submitted on December 13, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Nearby Val Verde County Courthouse (<i>1887 construction by John Taini</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 31, 2014
4. Nearby Val Verde County Courthouse (1887 construction by John Taini)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 13, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 147 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 13, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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