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Angelo Toppano describes east Coleman, or "Bushtown", where he lived when he first arrived in 1913.

"Bushtown"
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A common method of populating a mining boom town was by word of mouth, by letting your paesani and relatives know of work opportunities where you were.  Mr. Toppano discusses how the Italian population of Coleman grew.

Chain Migration
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Angelo Toppano describes the Italian Lodge (Italian Mutual Benevolent Association) in Coleman; its roles, how it functioned, its history, its associations, its demise.

The Italian Lodge
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