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A summary of the oral history transcript of Louie Protti in which he discusses his father's and mother's life, their emigration to North America, and his own in Alberta.

Father and Mother:

  • Louie's father was Giovanni Batista Protti. He was born in Cimolias on the 3rd of June, 1874, the son of Sebastiano Domenico Protti. Louie's mother was Angela Maria Protti, and she was born on the 28th of October, 1881 in Cimolias.
  • Cimolias used to be in the Province of Udine, but is now in the Province of Pordenone.
  • Giovanni came to New York, alone, at the beginning of the century in 1903. He worked in the States for a couple of years in New York, Pittsburgh, and Oregon. Finally he moved to Canada and worked in the Coal Branch for awhile before landing in Pocahontas at Jasper National Park.
  • In 1913, Giovanni brought his wife and Louie's older brother, Sebastiano (now known as Sam), to Pocahontas. Giovanni was working as a lumber cutter for the mines at this time. The family stayed there until the outbreak of World War 1.
  • Giovanni returned to Italy for the war and eventually took ill (suffering from Asthma) and died in Belino, on the 8th of January, 1918. Louie's Mother died on December 27, 1917, during the influenza epidemic.
  • Louie thinks his Father may have worked as a stone mason and in the lumber business before he left for Canada.
  • Angela Maria Protti used to sell handmade wooden dishes and spoons in Trieste before she moved to Canada. Once in Canada, she kept busy caring for the home and her children. Her grave is still at Pocahontas.
  • Louie was born in 1914, his sister Victoria in 1915, and another brother named Angelo (now today as John) was born sometime after that. They were all born in Pocahontas.
  • Giovanni would not have known that his wife was already dead when he passed, since he was in Italy. Luigi Del Bosco became the legal guardian of the children, and was the one who contacted the Red Cross in Italy to learn about Giovanni's death.

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