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Mr. and Mrs. Sartor

The Sartors at an event celebrating 100 years of the Scalabrini Fathers.Antonio Sartor and Luigia (nee Alloro) Sartor were both born in Italy, but they each other for the first time in Edmonton, Alberta, many years later. Antonio was born in the province of Udine in 1898. Antonio emigrated in his mid teens to Canada where two brothers were already working as miners in the Crowsnest Pass area of Alberta. He also worked the mines in Nordegg, Brule, and Pocahontas before becoming a baker at the MacDonald Hotel in Edmonton.

Luigia was born in the small village of Mornano di Milano, in the northern province of Varese, in 1907. She emigrated with her mother and her brothers to Canada, where her father was working as at the Brule mine in Alberta. She met her future husband, Antonio, while on a visit to Edmonton with one of her brothers, who, coincidentally, had worked with Antonio in the mines. After a secret engagement they had a small, but unforgettable, wedding. They settled in Edmonton where they had a daughter and a son, who both grew up to have occupations in the medical profession. Once the children were in school, Luiga went to work outside the home. One of the places she worked was the Storyland Valley Zoo where the elephant, Lucy, was named after her!

The interview was conducted by Carmela Marino and Rita Cavaliere for the Italians Settle in Edmonton Project in 1983 resulting in the commemorative booklet of the same name.

This was a 25th anniversary project of the Santa Maria Goretti Parish. A Society was set up and a committee struck to undertake the research. The President was Frank Sdao and the research was led by Dr. Adriana Albi Davies.

Mr. and Mrs. Sartor: Oral History Excerpts

Mrs. Sartor (nee Alloro) talks about her brothers and what they did shortly after emigrating to Canada.

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