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    • Oral History Interview with Anthony Dicristio, March 16, 1991

    • 1991-03-26
    • Anthony “Tony” Dicristio is the son of farmers who came to America from Modugno, near Bari, in Italy. After immigrating Tony’s father worked in coal mines and on the railroad to pay for Tony’s mother and brother’s passage to America. Tony was born...
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    • Oral History Interview with Anthony Guardalabene, March 9, 1991

    • 1991-03-09
    • Anthony Guardalabene, born in 1919, is the son of Giovanni Battista and Angela Bellante who emigrated from Sicily to Milwaukee in 1897-98. In his interview Anthony discusses his schools days in the Third Ward, his attendance at Lincoln High, and...
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    • Oral History Interview with Anthony T. Machi March 22, 1991

    • 1991-03-22
    • Anthony “Tony” Machi is the son of Sicilian immigrants. His father came to Milwaukee as a young boy, returned to Italy to find a wife, and brought her back to Milwaukee to start a family. Tony was born and raised in the Third Ward. He remembers the...
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    • Oral History Interview with Antionette Carini, April 20, 1991

    • 1991-04-20
    • Antoinette Carini was born and raised in Milwaukee’s Third Ward. Her grandparents were born in Porticello, Italy, and came to Milwaukee at the turn of the century. She talks of her grandparent’s tavern, her family’s life during the Great...
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    • Oral History Interview with Elsie M. Falbo, April 8, 1991

    • 1991-04-08
    • Elise Falbo’s parents were born in the Piedmont region of Italy, and immigrated to Calumet, Michigan in the early 20th century. Elise was born in 1918, and her family moved to Bay View, Milwaukee, in 1921. She describes Italian Bay View, ethnic...
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    • Oral History Interview with Gaetanina Balistreri, April 13, 1991

    • 1991-04-13
    • Gaetanina Balistreri’s family is from Sicily. Her grandfather came to Milwaukee in 1889, and worked to pay for his wife and children’s passage. In her interview, Gaetanina explains past arranged marriage practices in Italian Milwaukee and Sicily,...
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    • Oral History Interview with Grace M. Falbo, April 5, 1991

    • 1991-04-05
    • Grace Falbo, as a young girl, immigrated from Santo Stefano, Italy, to Milwaukee with her mother and father in 1923. She describes the decision of her father, Nick Gagliano, to come to the U.S., his experience working in Milwaukee as a banana...
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    • Oral History Interview with Guiseppe Balistrieri, March 23, 1991

    • 1991-03-23
    • Giuseppe’s parents came from Sant'Elia, province of Palermo, Sicily, to America around 1900. Although Guiseppe was born in Milwaukee, his family later returned to Sicily until he was twelve. Back to America, Guiseppe found it difficult to learn...
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    • Oral History Interview with Josephine Rampolla, April 20, 1991

    • 1991-04-20
    • Josephine Rampolla’s mother and grandparents came to Milwaukee from Palermo when her mother was three years old, and opened a grocery store in the Third Ward. Josephine’s mother later took over the family business, and worked hard to expand the...
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    • Oral History Interview with LeRoy Bertoncini, March 9, 1991

    • 1991-03-09
    • Leroy Bertoncini is the son of Italian immigrants from the Tuscany region who immigrated to Milwaukee sometime around the turn of the 20th century. His father was from Casanuovo and mother from Pisa. His interview is largely devoted to the life of...
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    • Oral History Interview with Oswald Natarelli, April 25, 1991

    • 1991-04-25
    • Osvaldo “Oswald Ozzie” Natarelli was born in Bussi, Abruzzi, Italy, in the early 20th century. Ozzie’s father moved to Milwaukee first, in 1920, and worked to pay his family’s passage in 1928. In his interview Natarelli discusses his memories of...
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    • Oral History Interview with Philip Firmano, January 9, 1991

    • 1991-01-09
    • Philip Firmano emigrated from Milazzo, Sicily. He first came to New York with his father and mother in the early 1900’s. However the family returned to Sicily in 1908 because of his father’s failing health. Philip later returned to America, to work...
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    • Oral History Interview with Rose Carini, January 23, 1991

    • 1991-01-23
    • Rose Carini, a native of Sicily, immigrated with her mother to Milwaukee in 1907 to join her father, who was already living in the Third Ward. In her interview she discusses the work that Italian immigrants were engaged in, her father’s employment...
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    • Oral History Interview with Rudy Bertolas, February 1, 1992

    • 1992-02-01
    • Rudy Bertolas’ parents came to New York in 1912 from near Trento, Italy, because of crop failure and World War I. From there they moved to Michigan, where Rudy’s father was a miner, and eventually to Milwaukee, where Rudy’s father dug sewers, in...
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    • Oral History Interview with Sam Purpero, April 13, 1991

    • 1991-04-13
    • Sam Purpero’s father and grandparents came to America from Sant’Agata, Sicily when his father was two years old. In his interview Sam tells the story of his grandfather’s journey from the American South to Milwaukee and produce business, his...
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    • Oral History Interview with Thomas J. Busalachi, March 9, 1991

    • 1991-03-09
    • Thomas Busalachi’s father first came to Milwaukee in 1893, and worked to help bring his parents, brothers, sisters, and wife to America. His father, along with Thomas’ uncles and family friends, opened the Milwaukee Macaroni Company. After the...
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    • Oral History Interview with Tony Seidia, April 8, 1991

    • 1991-04-08
    • Tony Seidia’s parents came to Milwaukee from Bocca di Falco, near Palermo, Sicily, near the turn of the 19th century. Tony recalls his father’s businesses, old Milwaukee streets, his education, working in sausage manufacturing, and the old...
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    • Oral History Interview with Vincent Emanuele, April 13, 1991

    • 1991-04-13
    • Vincent Emanuele’s parents were born in Sicily, and his father spent time in America as a child. After returning to Italy to serve in the Italian Army, Vincent’s father met and married Vincent’s mother, and together moved to Cleveland, Ohio....
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