Mr. Mike Biollo was interviewed to discuss the life of
his father, Mr. Olivo John Biollo.
Mr. Olivo John Biollo was born in 1886, in Venice,
Italy. He arrived in Winnipeg c1900, where he married
and started a couple of businesses with two of his
brothers. They proved unsuccessful, so he moved to
Edmonton from whence a number of Italian families got
together to form a farming colony near Lac La Biche,
approximately 200 km. north-east of Edmonton. In 1916,
O.J. Biollo was the first postmaster of the hamlet he named
Venice after his home city. A nearby lake is named
after Mr. Biollo.
The interview of Mike Biollo was conducted by Giancarlo Grelli for the Dante Alighieri Oral History Project on
October 27, 1973.
This oral history project was initiated by Sabatino
Roncucci, a founder of the Dante Alighieri Society, for the
purpose of documenting immigration history so that it
could be shared not only with the Italian community but also
the community at large.
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