Tona-Silvio was born in Villa di Tirano [province,
region, Lombardia] on the 27th of June, 1900. Silvio was
the second oldest of four brothers. His mother died in 1903
when he was just three years old. The first time
Silvio heard about Canada was the 2nd of
May, 1924. He had a relative who lived in Rimbey who
operated a farm. He was told that he could have a job if he came over, so he went.
He took the train with his cousin to Genoa, and then took
a boat for 10 days to New York. Once he got to New York, he
boarded a train to Calgary, and then to Rimbey. Silvio and his cousin moved to Nanaimo to work in the
coal mines for 2 years. Then they moved back to Alberta to
work in the mines. Silvio worked in the mines in Edson,
Luscar, and Drumheller for 25 years. The first time he came to Edmonton was in the fall of
1936. He was able to make a better wage in the mines
around Edmonton. In 1949 he quit working due to a lung
condition called silicosis. He has spent his remaining
years working as a handyman, and reading books at the library.
Tonsi-A market gardener, who sold vegetables in the City
Market; Luigi had a little farm on North Saskatchewan near Fort
Saskatchewan. He had a couple of greenhouses; he had two sons
(Bert and Charlie) and a third adopted son. Mr. Tonsi had a farm
in Lac La Biche but didn't like it there and settled in
Edmonton. An Antonio Tonsi had a stall in the market and in
April 1929, had F.E. Morony write to the Mayor asking for a
better stall. He sold flowers and vegetables [Kathryn Chase
Merrett, A History of the Edmonton City Market, 1900-2000].
Alessandro Urso-Alessandro Urso was born in
Avola, Siracusa, Sicily on February 7th, 1944, and Lina (nee
Annicchiarico) was born in Zungoli, Avellino, Campania, in March 9th, 1951.
Alessandro came to Sherbrooke, Quebec in 1966 and, then moved to Edmonton
in 1967. There, Alessandro trained as a chemical engineer and has worked in the
area of environmental protection for the Government of Alberta,
as well as the private-sector. Alessandro is a co-founder of Il Congresso newspaper.
Battista Vecchio-Giovanni came from Italy in the early 1950s with his
sons Serafino (Sam) and Fiore. He worked in construction and was
1955 by wife Maria Teresa, sons Antonio (Tony) and Raffaele
(Ralph), and daughter Rita. [Rita married Rudy Cavaliere.
See the Cavaliere oral
Vecchio-Mr. Vecchio was born in 1931 in Grimaldi, Province of Consenza in Italy, the son of
Giovanni Battista and Maria Teresa (nee Amantea) Vecchio. He emigrated in 1950 to join his Father, who was working on a train gang based in
Kamploops, B.C. He worked at this for only a month and then made his way to Vancouver where he earned a living by modeling plaster statuettes and playing his clarinet.
Attended evening classes to acquire English and in 1952 moved to Edmonton where he obtained work as a carpenter.
He established his first dance band in 1956 that also
included his brother Silvano Vecchio on guitar (he was
later to become a physician). Fiore arranged music for special occasions including weddings. Mr. Vecchio is a well-known Edmonton inventor, composer, and realtor. As Choirmaster of the Italian choir at the Santa Maria Goretti Parish, he has composed much choral music for special occasions including a sung Mass. In April, 1959, he married Giuseppina
(Pina) Calabria and they continue to live in the house he bought in Edmonton's Little Italy.
Paul (Paolo) and Theresa Veltri-Paolo Veltri was born in 1902 in
Italy. He wanted to move to the United States in 1919 but
his father told him no and would not help him. In 1929 he
finally arrived in North America, only to be deported in
1933. Paolo immigrated to Canada for a second time in 1949,
this time he ended up in Edmonton. His wife Theresa joined
him in 1952 and they ran a boarding house for other
Italians. Paul worked in north
initially and then for the Great West Garment Company, as well as
[first name unknown]-This individual worked at the MacDonald Hotel,
and was killed by a
Verruto-He was from Abruzzo, and operated a confectionery/billiards
and, because of his red hair, was called Capo Rosso [Redhead].
Vitale-He is retired.
and Maria Zuchett-They came to Edmonton before 1913 and lived in the
Rossdale flats. Mrs. Zuchett worked for the Great West Garment
Company. Mr. Zuchett worked as a mason in
the construction of the Alberta Legislature.