Chiarello was 15
years old when he left Naples on the 1st of May, 1924. The
next 16 days were spent on the boat before arriving in
Halifax on May 17th. He and his mother then took a train to
Edmonton to meet up with his father. Domenico found work in
the coal mines and eventually operated his own mine for 24
years before opening up the first Italian Grocery store in
Edmonton in 1948.
The interview was conducted by Giancarlo Grelli 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.