The Galveston-Niigata Sister Cities Committee is in Niigata, Japan. Dr. Stephen F. Duncan, director of fine arts for the Galveston school district and a member of the committee, delivered a speech at the planting of dogwood trees, which were a gift to the people of Japan. The gift commemorates the cherry trees given to the American people by Japan 100 years ago. The following item is an excerpt from that speech.
LEAGUE CITY — Many of the first immigrants to establish themselves in Galveston County in the early 1900s were from Italy. A little-known tidbit about the county’s Italian-born immigrants is that many were from the town of Cercenasco in the Piedmont area of Italy, a community about 15 miles southeast of Turin.