Mrs. Irma Giacobbo, the daughter of Romano Tedesco,
came to Canada from Italy with her family when she was a
young girl. Her family was among the original group of
pioneers to settle in the Venice-Hylo agricultural area in
1915. She remembers her early years as hard-working,
but happy, where family and neighbours helped one another
and shared both the good and bad times. Her early
married life took her to Fort McMurray where her husband
worked in railway construction. Unlike the
predominantly Italian community of Venice-Hylo, there was
very limited opportunity for her in Fort McMurray to use her
native tongue. She learned English quickly out of
necessity. She and her husband returned to Venice to
farm and raise a family. Her relatives in Italy have a
difficult time relating to the isolation, distances
involved, and pioneer farm life that she experienced.
The interview was conducted by Sab Roncucci for the Dante Alighieri Oral History Project in 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.