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   Mr. and Mrs. Enrico Butti:  Oral History Excerpts

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Mr. and Mrs.
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In the following excerpt, Mr. Butti talks about their journey in wartime and memories of blackout on the ship.  He describes the continuation of the journey by train as an ordeal.

Arrival in Canada 
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In the following excerpt, Mr. Butti talks about his Father's work in silk weaving in the region of Lombardy; his Father was in charge of the steam engines that operated the mills; Mr. Butti talks of his his Father's arrival in Canada and work in the Crowsnest Pass area where he worked at converting the mines form steam to electricity. His last job in Italy was in Isbra on Lago Maggiore where he had converted silk mills from steam to electricity. 

Father's Work
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In the following excerpt, Mr. Butti talks about beginning of his own working history at age 16 running a boiler and hoist in the mines in Nordegg; his Father was injured when he fell from a scaffold and with monies received from the Compensation Board decided to come to Edmonton and set up an electrical shop.

Beginning of Mr. Butti's work history
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In the following excerpt, Mr. Butti talks of his working life: worked for himself from 1925-35; then, as a result of Great Depression, there was little electrical work, so from 1935-42 he worked at fixing refrigerators for Palm Dairies and butcher shops all over Alberta; then, from 1942-45 he worked for Progress Electric and Refrigeration and then again on his own until his retirement after a coronary in 1963.

Mr. Butti's Working Life
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In the following excerpt, Mr. Butti talks of recreational activities and mentions the arrival in 1932 at the Municipal Airport of Post and Getty who were doing an around the world tour in eight days; it was raining cats and dogs and the airport was a mud hole; plane came down in the muskeg; also describes the royal visit of 1939 and the re-naming of Portage Avenue as Kingsway.

Recreational Activities
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