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     Giorgio W. and Norma Pocaterra:  Oral History Transcript Summary

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Louis (Luigi)

Mike Biollo

Father Giovanni

Camillo Bridarolli

Mr. & Mrs. Henry

John Camarta

Domenico Chiarello

Joe Fabbri

Mario Grassi

Victor Losa

Filomena Michetti

Mrs. Mamie Meardi

Tony Nimis

Giorgio W. &
Norma Pocaterra

Mr. & Mrs. John

Romano Tedesco &
Mrs. Irma Giacobbo

Angelo Toppano

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Part 2:

  • Mrs. Pocaterra tells of how she met Mr. Pocaterra.

  • sang opera in Canada

  • Mr. Pocaterra went to Milan after his father's death in 1934

  • married June 18, 1936 in Italy

  • Milan; opera career; sang throughout Italy; goes on in great detail - amusing episode "husband of the Prima Donna (Mrs.Pocaterra) didn't have a seat - oh, oh"

  • stuck in Switzerland when War declared

  • set sail for Canada from Italy to start life anew

  • pioneered in Highwood River area; fishing, trapping, smoked fish

  • she was requested to sing for soldiers & others in Calgary

  • offered a position at Mount Royal College in Calgary

  • moved from the Highwood to Ghost River (built log house "Val Norma") to be closer to Calgary (details of harrowing move)

  • (excellent summary) George had land surveyed where the map was blank before (and the surveyor, unbeknownst to George, named a lot of features, creeks, etc. after Pocaterra.  There is even a geological formation named after him.)


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