by Adriana Albi Davies, Ph.D.
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Guggio-He operated a grocery store on 97th street near 106th
Avenue (near where the Italian Bakery is today), and then moved to
[first name unknown] Known to be a terrazzo worker, cement, etc.
Iuliano-Giacomo was a painter.
Leanza-He was a barber working near the MacDonald Hotel.
Lavorato-Bruno worked as a barber.
Giuseppe and Theresa Lavorato-Giuseppe was
born in 1884, in the province of Cosenza, and came to Canada in 1898 at the age of 14.
His wife (Theresa) was born in 1888 and came over in 1919.
Giuseppe arrived in Montreal, Quebec, and found work in
Hull as a waterboy for a construction crew building a
bridge. He then worked his way west through the United
States on the railway. He moved to the Edmonton area in
1905. He worked on the
railway (C.N.R.) in Edmonton for one dollar a day, and also gave
dance lessons to people to supplement his income. He eventually became a foreman for the railroad, and
worked at it until his retirement in 1948.
was born in Edmonton in 1922. His brother Frank was born in
1925. He went to school at Queens Avenue and had friends of
all different nationalities. He made it to grade 10 at Foothills high school. His
favorite subjects were math and history. He also took
Italian courses by correspondence. He worked in an Safeway bakery for awhile, earning
$14.00 per week until he turned 18, then he joined the
Air Force. He was gone for five years during the war. He learned
to fix planes. When he came back to Canada he went to an apprentice
school for carpentry, and then worked for Northwest
Industries in 1946-47. Gus and his wife married in 1950. They have three
Vittorio (Victor) Losa-Victor was born in Turin, Italy in 1905 where he
trained as a watchmaker. His skills brought him to
Edmonton in 1920 where he worked in a jewelry store and
became the owner. He was the Italian Consul in the
1920s and during the depression years of the 1930s.
Although he married a non-Italian, he maintained an
excellent command of the Italian language.
Maio-Ralph came to Canada with his Mother Evelina, and brother Mario.
He set up several popular restaurants (Sceppa's and Il Forno).
Marino-He worked as a contractor, and is now retired.
Miami-Pietro was a greengrocer, selling ice cream and fruit where the City
Centre Shopping Mall is now.
pastamaker and former railroad man retired to
Blockton (?), and set up a creamery. He was a Consular Agent as
Angel Morino-She was religious.
Naccarato-He was a miner who moved to Edmonton.
Carlino Nicola-Carlino married Mrs. Butti's
sister. He and his brother
had two International trucks and used them to sell coal in the
winter. They bought coal in Ellerslie and at Black Diamond where
the refineries are today. There were coal mines near the
Nigro-Antonio came from Italy to New York in 1885. He worked in Montana
and Spokane, and was joined in 1897 by his son Fedele (Felix).
Then worked in
railroad construction from eastern Canada to British Columbia.
In 1913, Fedele married Amelia Anselmo in Italy and returned to
Canada, where they lived in Winnipeg and then moved to Clyde, Alberta, near
Edmonton. They farmed and raised heavy horses for construction
work. He became partner with James Anselmo and started New West Construction
Company; son Joseph Antonio Maria (Bill) Nigro joined his Father
in the family business.
Watch Bill Nigro's Oral History Interview!