by Adriana Albi Davies, Ph.D.
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Butti (Father and Son)-Enrico Butti senior came to Canada in 1912. He was a trained steam engineer who had worked in the silk mills in northern Italy and had been involved in electrifying them. In the
Crow's Nest Pass, he also was involved in mine electrification. He was senior electrician at the Bellevue Mine when the Hillcrest Mine explosion happened and was among the first to arrive at the scene and provide assistance.
Enrico Butti junior was born in a small farming village on the River Piave in the province of Milan in November, 1904.
He came to Canada when he was 12 years old in 1917 with his Mother
and an older sister. His older sister died of cancer shortly
after their arrival. Mother was born in Trieste and her Father had a store that sold silks; her Father died so her Mother moved to
Rome. After Enrico Sr. was injured in an accident, the family moved to Edmonton,
where he set up an electrical business at 106th
Avenue, between 97th and 97th Streets; also
had a boardinghouse. Enrico junior worked initially in the
mines, and then owned his own electrical business as well as working for
Palm Dairies. Enrico's son Peter is an electrical contractor;
and Mrs. Myra Butti was the founding Director of the Dante Alighieri
Caffaro Family-Attilio Caffaro came from Italy and worked
in Canmore in the mines. He played in the Elks Band established
in 1923. The Caffaros had three sons: Peter, Paul
and George. Peter Caffaro received his Bachelor of
Law degree in 1957 from the University of Alberta and was
admitted to the Law Society of Alberta in 1958. On
November 20th, 1989, he was sworn in as a Judge of the Provincial Court of
Alberta, Criminal Division. He was honorary Vice Consul of
Italy in Edmonton from 1967 to 1982. In 1988 he became a
Queen's Council member. He has been active not only in
Edmonton's Italian community but also provincially and
nationally in a range of professional and community
organizations. Read an
Il Congresso article (in Italian) about the nomination
of Peter Caffaro and his life.
Candido-He came to Canada in 1914 to Sault Ste. Marie, and
Emilia Muzzin. Olivo returned to Italy with his wife and family and
was killed in World War I; she emigrated in 1919 and married Joe
Candido-Robert was the stepson of Joe Peccori, and went to school at
the Lac La Biche
convent from 1920-22. After that the Jesuit College on 128 Street and
114 Avenue. He set up Empire Marble and Tile Company.
Cantera-He went to the US with his brothers and worked in
prospecting, painting, bricklaying and construction. Lorenzo came to
Edmonton in 1912, and lived in the Rossdale Flats. Their
grandson, Renaldo (Raymond) Cantera, was employed by the Edmonton
Post Office for 51 years, and their daughter was married to Enrico
Cappello-Frank was a cook and restaurant owner.
Capello-Frank was a cook, who had two sons. He fought in the Canadian
Army in Italy and was wounded. He was a cook in the old Shasta Café
where the AGT Building is now. Frank married a Ukrainian girl and
their daughter married an Edmonton Eskimo football player, and
they operated the café in the Cromdale Hotel.
and Carlo Carlino-According to Enrico Butti, they were truckers.