Mrs. Butti describes the cold shock she received upon
arrival in Edmonton as a young girl, and some of her early
Arrival - Mrs. Butti
Henry (Enrico) describes the harrowing 24 day Atlantic
crossing from Genoa to New York during World War I and his
arrival in his new Alberta home.
Epic Voyage - Mr. Butti
The interwar years saw the
rise of Fascism. Mr. Butti relates how that personally
affected him in Edmonton.
Italians during WWII were
not bothered by intelligent people, but ignorant people would
discriminate against them. Henry says that one of the worst people
was an Italian who was born here!
World War II Italian immigrants were mostly labourers who
ended up working in the mines. Few were
professionals. Mr. Butti relates conversation with a
neighbour in Nordegg who gives his opinion of higher
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