Mrs. Segatti [nee Pavan}:
Mrs. Segatti's mother and father emigrated from Italy just
before the first great war. They came to Lethbridge, in
1912, where she was born. Her father worked in the coal
mines in the Lethbridge area.
went to St. Basil's school in Lethbridge until they
shut the mines down, and then moved to Coalhurst. She
says there were many Italians in southern Alberta in
large European groups in the area included the
Ukrainians and the Polish. She says that discrimination
between Catholic and Protestant people in those days was
worse than today.
father lost his life in 1930 due to complications after
getting a broken leg as a result
of a Coalhurst mine a cave-in. He survived the cave-in but died
after several months in the
uncle was one of the very few miners who survived the
methane gas explosion that shut down the Coalhurst mine
Italian community was quite active holding dances and
picnics. Sometimes benefit dances were held for the
widows and families of miners who lost their life on the
didn't get involved in politics and church was mostly
for the younger people. She says that there was no
cultural movements in those days.
says her childhood was a happy one and that she thinks
that Canada is the best country to live in.
moved to Edmonton with her mother in 1932 after her
father died. It was there that she met her husband John.
says that she has tried to keep the Italian community
alive and well in Edmonton.