Romano Tedesco speaks in Italian (...English translation coming soon).
Daughter of Romano Tedesco, Mrs. Irma Giacobbo, continues the interview in
English and describes her life in the farming community of
got married at 17 years of age, then went north to near Ft. McMurray for
3 years where husband worked for railroad, before coming
back to farming community in Venice, AB.
hard life; after war was better
recreational opportunities very limited; music - accordions, guitars,
violins - at someone's house.
No hall, just a church.
no liquor or wine
very happy days; didn't know anything different
from human point of view, very friendly - large families, hard work,
yet enjoyed visiting, etc.
came to Canada from Italy as young girl
spent last 7 years in Edmonton [since c1966]
went previous year  to Italy; they have new homes, conveniences;
impression that they were friendly, happy
farm life at Venice, near Lac La Biche, was in the bush, 200 miles from
quality of life better before; more respect shown; more gratitude
relationship between nationalities was good; Ukrainians, French,
Germans, Italians, and "even Indians" - all were
friendly with each other.
Lac La Biche was nearest major centre, but had local school in Venice
after she got married and moved from community, had to learn English
spoke Italian at home
after husband died, spoke English with children - youngest children
don't speak Italian
moved to Edmonton even though still liked it in Venice - son got
married, so moved out to make room for son and his new
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