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Part 1:   Romano Tedesco speaks in Italian (...English translation coming soon).

Part 2:   Daughter of Romano Tedesco, Mrs. Irma Giacobbo, continues the interview in English and describes her life in the farming community of Venice-Hylo, Alberta.

  • got married at 17 years of age, then went north to near Ft. McMurray for 3 years where husband worked for railroad, before coming back to farming community in Venice, AB.

  • hard life; after war was better

  • recreational opportunities very limited; music - accordions, guitars, violins - at someone's house.  No hall, just a church.

  • no liquor or wine

  • very happy days; didn't know anything different

  • from human point of view, very friendly - large families, hard work, yet enjoyed visiting, etc.

  • came to Canada from Italy as young girl

  • spent last 7 years in Edmonton [since c1966]

  • went previous year [1972] to Italy; they have new homes, conveniences; impression that they were friendly, happy

  • farm life at Venice, near Lac La Biche, was in the bush, 200 miles from Edmonton

  • quality of life better before; more respect shown; more gratitude

  • relationship between nationalities was good; Ukrainians, French, Germans, Italians, and "even Indians" - all were friendly with each other.

  • Lac La Biche was nearest major centre, but had local school in Venice

  • after she got married and moved from community, had to learn English

  • spoke Italian at home

  • after husband died, spoke English with children - youngest children don't speak Italian

  • moved to Edmonton even though still liked it in Venice - son got married, so moved out to make room for son and his new family


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