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Catalog Number 2005.052.0003
Object Name Tape, Cassette
Scope & Content Grandfather Geovani Catazone 1860 (Canillions - Near Naples) Age 23, married. Used everything fresh from garden. Cows, sheep, ducks, mules, never made better. In 30's - 1912 to Ellis Island after 6 or 7 years. Worked on D & H railroad, foreman of section gang. After world war 2, visited by uncle Andy, made some improvements on farm, 1972m Rosinist Carmels visited then. Called "John Ross" by his boss, became flagman at Gran. Depot, 5 days here, very strict, major brought piece work to house, other Italians lived near by. Grace- boys, slate worked. Josephine- owned business on main street. Angelo- age 17, when immigrated changed to Archangelo Scottia (Scott at Ellis Island) Delivered broccoli to house, started courting. "Pleasant Sweet Shop" became "Scotties" Bought house on Morrison Ave, Welsh next door, Jews across the street, on English (Yankees) spoke proper English. Schools emphasized Americanization. Older generation had to learn English to do business, "don't like hyphenated Americans" Welsh, Greek, Italian, Jew, Irish, impromptu parade on V-J day, Angelo on fire truck, very proud of being Americans. Slate Industry? Grew up not paying attention to it, busy Fridays.
2 uncles, Lawrence Russo in roofing, Jim Covino was a quarry owner.

Grandfather had a large farm, 60 miles east of Naples, about 30 years old. Job on D & H railroad until retirement. Had less trouble then most assimilating, English was different for him. Remembers workers in town waiting for ride to work, also Friday nights at the store, greet customers at the store.

Italian Custumers? "Toffee a' Betty" candy for Welsh, made in Rutland. Men died with recipe, peppermint molasses. Sold coated with sugar, oval shape molasses, sold in bulk, last available in 1960's.

Most tried to adapt?
Some kept ethnic closeness. Endicott Shoe Company entered whole villages to immigrate. We never spoke Italian fluently, Uncle Emilio worked for Samuel Elliot Morrison in intelligence service.
In Granville, Italians were scattered, easier to assimilate " Little Italy" never devel. here.
Creator Williams, Stephen T.
Title Carmela Scott, Oral History