by Adriana Albi Davies, Ph.D.
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Franca, and sons Ernest Rodolfo (Rudy), and Paul
came to Canada going to Kapuskasing, Ontario, in 1959 where they
met up with her husband Ugo. She then moved to Edmonton to join
her parents Paul and Teresa Veltri, in 1960. Franca worked as a
seamstress at GWG, then at a drapery company. Carpentry was in the
Cavaliere family background, and before Franca's son Rudy became a
teacher he worked at Alberta Motor Boat Co. repairing and storing
S. (Joe) Centazzo-S. Centazzo
testified in Edmonton at the Coal Mining Industry Commission in
1919. He said that he was an unemployed miner and was 23
years old and single. He had come to Canada from London,
England, and was a member of the One Big Union. He indicated
that he had worked in mines all over Alberta and most recently had
worked at the Humberstone Mine. According to Enrico Butti,
Joe lived in the Ross Flats from 1913-20. He was a Bolshevik and
had a chicken farm in Beverly. Joe used to preach Bolshevism, in
broken English, atop a crate at the Old Market Square where the
Edmonton Public Library now stands. It's said that at his
funeral his coffin was draped with the Red Flag of the Revolution.
Chiarello-Domenico 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 in Edmonton River Valley and Legal, and eventually operated his own mine for 24
years before opening up the first Italian Grocery store in
Edmonton in 1948. The Venice Confectionery was
located on 97th Street and 106A Avenue. He married Nell
Anselmo. She met Domenico on the farm. Her brother was friends
with Domenico. They knew each other for 12 years before they got
married. Nella came to Canada when she was 19 years old.
and Pietro Chiesa-These brothers settled in the Edmonton
area. Giuseppe Chiesa cooked in Sault-Ste-Marie before 1920 and
then was an assistant baker at the MacDonald Hotel in Edmonton.
Cichetti-Came to Edmonton from Piedmont.
and Giulia (nee Vannone) Ciochetti-Both of these families
(Florindo) Comin-He operated the Venice
Barber Shop on 97th Street with Luigi Biamonte.
Colbertaldo-He was a watchmaker on Jasper Avenue. Later he
went to Italy for consular training, and became Consul in Winnipeg
in 1937. He was on of the nearly 700 Italians interned by
the Canadian government when Mussolini declared war on Canada in
Pietro (Peter) D'Amico-He operated a grocery store that
also served as a gathering place for miners.
Giuseppe D'Appolonia-He was a baker at the MacDonald
Arduino D'Appolonia-He was a priest.
Bosco- Four Del Bosco brothers emigrated to Canada from
San Quirini, Province of Pordennone. They were Luigi,
Celeste, Joseph and Federico. In 1916 Luigi worked in the mines
with the Sartors.
De Filippi-He managed his own apartment buildings.
and Ermelinda De Filippo-No information found regarding
DeLuca-He was from Abruzzo, and had a confectionery in
front and a dance hall in the back at 116 St. and Jasper Avenue.
During the War Luigi made lots of money because the Americans were
Dini-He operated the Hotel Roma on Jasper Avenue and 96th