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When Coal Was King
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Crisafio Gallery

Roma Hotel, Fernie. Circa 1918. &quot;[My father Cosmo] got into the hotel business. He ran the Roma Hotel - or he was bartender - I don't know what the distinctions were. ... It's the Fernie now. They used to serve hard liquor in those days - and of course, beer. The sign says: 'Rooms a dollar and up' - so when they say 'up' it probably meant to a dollar and a quarter. I don't even know if they served meals there. They had the card room and that kind of thing. You know we had the Italian Band in those days eh? My Dad was in that, he played the drums.&quot;Cosmo Crisafio Outside Minifie's. Circa 1930.


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