Paolo (Paul) Tinetti began an immigrant story around 1889 when he left his native Italy to find work in the Copper Country. By 1898 he had been naturalized in Houghton County and was married to fellow Italian immigrant Magdalena Massoglia. They lived in Laurium.
Paul and Magdalena's family grew with the arrival of children, but also additional family members: Magdalena's father moved in, as did Paul's brother Luigi (Louis) in 1902, after his discharge from the Italian army. Louis soon married Magdalena's sister Rosa.