The first winter was extremely difficult and the leaders
had to build cabins.
The first built were by Joseph
Baldoni in Hylo on Section 33 SE and
Antonio Piemonte in
Venice at Section 1 NW. The other cabin was built by
Joe Michetti and it housed his brother
The colonists hunted for game for their table (mostly
rabbits). An appeal was made to the Italian Society who
sent food in February. A small store is
subsequently built by
O.J. Biollo. With spring comes
renewed hope. Pike are found in the creek and many more
animals appear. Humour brightens their lives when a
fur-bearing animal appears and the men chase it thinking that
its pelt is valuable, only to discover it is a skunk.
The first train from Edmonton arrived in Lac La Biche in February 1915.
With the train coming through, it gave the settlers a sense of hope and moral support, as now they felt that they were not as isolated as when they first arrived. At the Baldoni settlement, the railway company
erected a railroad siding and a station they named "Hylo." This was a stopping point for the train, and newcomers to either settlement had to get off here as Venice did not exist at the time. Some of the newcomers to Hylo were
and many others. New arrivals at Venice were the four
Atillio, Francesco, Ferro and Aurelio, his father, Andrea Tuia, Andrea Simioni and others. At this time, the Venice settlers had no
railroad siding or a station for a train stop. The railway company had put in a siding about three miles east of the settlement and was named Delgany and the only way to get there was to walk across the railroad trestle. Hylo was the only alternative and it was not satisfactory to the Venice group, something had to be done-and it was done.
O.J. Biollo went to Edmonton and with the assistance of Felice De Angelis and the
Premier of Alberta at the time they were successful at lobbying the general manager of the railroad, Mr. McArthur to have the siding moved. Not only was the siding moved, the name Delgany was also left behind. After the move was made, the settlers all agreed to name the siding and station Venice, as this would remind them of the homeland they left behind.
decided that he was not happy with the name Hylo, so he approached Mr. McArthur to have the name changed to Trieste. McArthur did not accept the proposal so the name Hylo remained. Mr. Marini was determined that if the Venice group
have an Italian name of their station, so would the people of Hylo. He and a friend made up two placards with the name Trieste on them and hung them over the Hylo name on the station. The signs hung there for a few months and then disappeared, and so the name Hylo remained. The impact the railway had on the Venice-Hylo settlement was quite significant. More than simply bringing the mail, supplies and people it also brought with it the logging operation that employed many of the townspeople.