by Adriana Albi Davies, Ph.D.
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Dotto-Valentino and his wife were from Turiso in northern Italy. They came to the Brulé Mine in 1914; later to Cadomin in
1929; finally to Edmonton. His son Gus was born in Edmonton in 1915.
Gus was the oldest (along with twin, now deceased) of
a family of 5 boys, 4 girls. Gus remembers collecting
coal and firewood with his siblings after school for the
family home. They would do this all summer so the family
had enough fuel for the winter. The family used to have
their own turkeys and chickens, and would also go
hunting and fishing. Gus' wife Assunta was born in 1922, in a small place near
Valvazone. In 1939 Assunta, her mother, and three of her sisters
made the move to Canada. Gus and Assunta got engaged (1942-43) while he was in
the army. They married in 1945.
Erasmo-He worked as a restaurant operator and also in automobile sales.
and Maria Facchinutti (or Facchinetti)-They came before World War I.
(Tony) Falcone-Tony was born in 1935 in Celico,
and emigrated to Canada in 1959. Tony was a trained teacher (graduated in 1953 from the equivalent of Normal School) who could not obtain work in Italy (taught for a year-and-a-half as a substitute
teacher). He also wrote civil service exams to become a courtroom clerk in the Justice
Department. He was ranked 550th out of 11,000 individuals who sat the exam; after an oral interview, he was ranked 2,500th and this would have meant a 3-5 year wait to get a job; that's why he came to
Canada. He also served in the Italian Army and was attached to NATO doing security checks.
He became a
well-known teacher and educator in Edmonton and retired in 1999;
was the first teacher of the Dante Alighieri Scuola di Lingua e
Falvo-Pietro was a CNR employee.
and Aurora (nee Tedesco) Frattin-Antonio came to Canada in
July, 1956, and Aurora joined him in December. He worked as a
baker for Honeyboy Bakeries and eventually became
Superintendent. Antonio began to bake buns for his family and friends,
so he and his wife set up the Italian Bakery at 90th
St. and 121 Ave. in 1960. In 1962 they moved to current location at 106th
Ave. and 97th Street.
and Stella Gatto-Attilio came to Canada in 1949. He worked for New West
Construction and Imperial Oil. He and Stella had two children, Emilio born in
Italy, and Pasquale, born in Canada.
(Joe) Gaudio-Joe was a grocer who operated the Venice Grocery on 97th
Street. His wife Assunta, was a sister of Sam Scrivano.
(Pat) Giannone,-Known to work in construction.
and Dominic Giovinazzo-No information available.
Grosso-Joe's parents came to Bankhead near Banff in 1906 with two
children, John who was 10 and a baby brother. They moved to
Rocky Mountain House in 1914, where John's father worked in the coal
mines. John worked at Coalhurst, and eventually he married Yvonne Couteret from
France in 1913. They bought a farm from Weber Realty
northeast of Spruce Grove, cultivated 65 acres and eventually
bought more land. They raised horses,
chickens, grain and hay; and sold eggs (information in the
Spruce Grove local history As the Roots Grow).