Galveston in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Carmelo “Charles” Bertolino
(September 4, 1887 - March 8, 1960)
Carmelo married Mabel Cousins (1894-1937) in 1911 and became the head of a large family. He worked as a fisherman and as a baker at Graugnard's Bakery. He was an athletic man who swam in the Gulf every day until he was past 70 years of age. A volunteer lifesaver, he is credited with saving more than 500 people from drowning during his lifetime. The tragedy of that type of death had touched his own family; in addition to his father, he lost a brother and a son to accidental drownings in Galveston waters.
Carmelo Bertolino was in Italy during the disastrous 1900 storm, but during the 1915 hurricane he was able to save many lives. His heroic efforts later were noted in official citations from the Texas Legislature and President Franklin D. Roosevelt. A monument in his honor was erected shortly after his death, and the Galveston City Council named 10th Street at its intersection with the seawall "Bertolino's View."
Location. 29° 18.03′ N, 94° 46.548′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is at the intersection of Seawall Boulevard and 10th Street, on the right when traveling east on Seawall Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Galveston TX 77550, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General Sidney Sherman (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sacred Heart Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Rt. Rev. Monsignor Marius Etienne Chataignon (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Bishop's Palace (approx. 0.4 miles away); Carl and Hilda Biehl House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Frederich-Erhard House (approx. half a mile away); Julius H. Ruhl Residence (approx. half a mile away); Lasker Home for Children (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
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