by Adriana Albi Davies, Ph.D.
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The creation of an inventory of pioneers is very difficult, time
consuming and also open to errors not only of omission but also
memory being a fallible tool. The
Settle in Edmonton Project oral history interviews
began the process. A volunteer research committee chaired by Adriana Albi Davies began the process.
We consulted Henderson's Directories and also interviewed a
number of pioneers. The
following list builds on the names identified through this research
and adds some names from the Post-World War II wave of immigration.
This last component is limited to individuals who were
community leaders or contributed significantly in other ways.
Albi-Raffaele Albi was born on September 14, 1913, in the town
of Grimaldi, in the province of Cosenza, region of Calabria,
Italy. In Italy
Raffaele attended school up until grade five (which was the
norm) and was apprenticed and became a master carpenter. He
was also an excellent amateur musician, playing the mandolin
and clarinet. He came to Canada in 1949; worked for New West Construction
and Imperial Oil; married to Estera (Potestio) Albi who came to
Canada in 1951 with three children, Rosa, Adriana and Giuseppe. Mrs. Albi
worked at the GWG plant in Edmonton as well as at Toni Lynn and
Aloisio-A miner who had retired to Edmonton and married a younger
woman, and had two sons. His son Tino worked at the Royal
Aloisio-No information available.
Alloro-A miner who worked at the Brule Mine near Hinton.
closed the mine, he moved to Edmonton and worked in the kitchen
of the Macdonald Hotel. He was the Father of Lucy Sargus who
married Tony Sargus who was boarding at their house.
and Lina (D'Aquino) Amodio-Carlo and Lina (nee
D'Aquino) were born in Naples, in the Italian region of
Campania, and were part of the post-war era of
immigration. Carlo came from Naples in 1967. Upon arrival in Edmonton, Carlo immediately went to work.
His technical engineering education in Italy, however,
did not prepare him for menial jobs, which was all he
could get with his limited knowledge of the English
language. To overcome the language barrier, Carlo went
to night school. He is currently a consultant with Amodio &
Associates, and has
worked for the City of Edmonton Planning Department as an
appraiser and also as a negotiator.
Lina got a diploma in language studies in Naples, and since
arriving in Canada, has worked as a teacher in the Dante
Alighieri School of the Italian language, and also as an adult
education cooking instructor. Carlo is also a co-founder of Il
Vincenzo Annicchiarico-He was
born in Avellino, Zungoli, in Campania and came to Edmonton in 1952,
and worked for
the railways in camps in the northern part of the province. Vincenzo
eventually got a job in Edmonton, so three years later he
sponsored his wife and four children.