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Thursday, June 06, 2013

1921: HONORING MR. REMO

There is something about Chambersburg and the Italian experience that spurs me on for more and more information on that community. The above photo pictures many of Trenton Italian Americans who made an indelible mark on the local history of a remarkable people. Today we are hearing much about Spanish as a second language. When these people came to America, the custom was to go to night school and learn the English language. Many of them did indeed learn the language and went on to be very productive citizens. Just look at some of the surnames in the photo. Many of those in the photo went to back breaking jobs at Roebling, the railroad, or slave like labor on the roads and highways. However, they found the time to work those grueling day jobs and assist in building St. Joachim's Church; the jewel of Chambersburg.
RALPH LUCARELLA said...
HI TOM....I WAS LUCKY TO LIVE IN CHAMBERSBURG AT A TIME WHEN EVERYONE TREATED EACHOTHER LIKE FAMILY. WE HELPED EACHOTHER, PLAYED AND TOLD EVERYONE OUR PROBLEMS, NEVER LOCKED OUR DOORS AND WERE IN AND OUT EACHOTHER'S HOUSES CONSTANTLY. ST. JOACHIMS WAS THE CENTER OF RELEGION FOR ALMOST EVERYONE AND WE ALWAYS LOOKED FORWARD TO THE FEAST OF LIGHTS ON BUTLER ST. I CONSTANTLY RECALL ALL THESE THINGS AND THINK HOW MUCH BETTER WE HAD IT IN THOSE DAYS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
RALPH LUCARELLA said...
I MIGHT ADD...MANY YEARS LATTER, WHEN I WORKED THE BURG AS A LETTER CARRIER, THEY WOULD ASK IN ITALIAN "ARE YOU LIZZIE'S SON". THEY REMEMBERED OUR STORE AT 123 MOTT ST.
JoeB said...
Tom:
My parents and like most of all Grandparents that came to this country to work and improve themselves. Today there are many that receive assistance for free and when your get something for nothing you don't appreciate it. I believe that doing Community Work in return would go along way towards repaying for what you get.
Tom Glover said...
YOU TWO GUYS ARE RIGHT ON TARGET. OUR NEIGHBORHOOD WAS ALSO A FRIENDLY FRONT PORCH NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE EVERY BODY KNEW EVERYBODY ELSE AND WE ALL RUSHED TO HELP ANY FAMILY IN TROUBLE.
RALPH LUCARELLA said...
TO JOEB.....YOU BETTER BELIEVE, I'M TALKING ABOUT AN ERA WHEN THERE WERE NO FREE STUFF. NO FOOD STAMPS, NO WELLFARE, NOTHING FREE. EVERYONE WORKED THEIR BUTT OFF TO HELP FEED THEIR FAMILY AND THAT INCLUDED STREET CLEANING, HEAVY ROAD WORK, FACTORIES THAT PAID PEOPLE 18 CENTS AN HOUR, LIKE I GOT FOR WORKING AT STAR PORCELINE. GIRLS GOT 10 CENTS AN HOUR AT BAYER ASPERIN. MY GRANDFATHER GOT LAID OFF FROM ROEBLINGS RIGHT BEFORE BEING READY TO RETIRE. DON'T GIVE PEOPLE THE IMPRESSION OF GETTING ANY THING FREE DURING THAT TIME IN THIS COUNTRY. THANKS FOR COMMENTING.

RALPH LUCARELLA said...
HI TOM....I WAS LUCKY TO LIVE IN CHAMBERSBURG AT A TIME WHEN EVERYONE TREATED EACHOTHER LIKE FAMILY. WE HELPED EACHOTHER, PLAYED AND TOLD EVERYONE OUR PROBLEMS, NEVER LOCKED OUR DOORS AND WERE IN AND OUT EACHOTHER'S HOUSES CONSTANTLY. ST. JOACHIMS WAS THE CENTER OF RELEGION FOR ALMOST EVERYONE AND WE ALWAYS LOOKED FORWARD TO THE FEAST OF LIGHTS ON BUTLER ST. I CONSTANTLY RECALL ALL THESE THINGS AND THINK HOW MUCH BETTER WE HAD IT IN THOSE DAYS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
RALPH LUCARELLA said...
I MIGHT ADD...MANY YEARS LATTER, WHEN I WORKED THE BURG AS A LETTER CARRIER, THEY WOULD ASK IN ITALIAN "ARE YOU LIZZIE'S SON". THEY REMEMBERED OUR STORE AT 123 MOTT ST.
JoeB said...
Tom:
My parents and like most of all Grandparents that came to this country to work and improve themselves. Today there are many that receive assistance for free and when your get something for nothing you don't appreciate it. I believe that doing Community Work in return would go along way towards repaying for what you get.
Tom Glover said...
YOU TWO GUYS ARE RIGHT ON TARGET. OUR NEIGHBORHOOD WAS ALSO A FRIENDLY FRONT PORCH NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE EVERY BODY KNEW EVERYBODY ELSE AND WE ALL RUSHED TO HELP ANY FAMILY IN TROUBLE.
RALPH LUCARELLA said...
TO JOE B.....YOU BETTER BELIEVE, I'M TALKING ABOUT AN ERA WHEN THERE WERE NO FREE STUFF. NO FOOD STAMPS, NO WELLFARE, NOTHING FREE. EVERYONE WORKED THEIR BUTT OFF TO HELP FEED THEIR FAMILY AND THAT INCLUDED STREET CLEANING, HEAVY ROAD WORK, FACTORIES THAT PAID PEOPLE 18 CENTS AN HOUR, LIKE I GOT FOR WORKING AT STAR PORCELINE. GIRLS GOT 10 CENTS AN HOUR AT BAYER ASPERIN. MY GRANDFATHER GOT LAID OFF FROM ROEBLINGS RIGHT BEFORE BEING READY TO RETIRE. DON'T GIVE PEOPLE THE IMPRESSION OF GETTING ANY THING FREE DURING THAT TIME IN THIS COUNTRY. THANKS FOR COMMENTING.

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RALPH LUCARELLA said...

HI TOM....I WAS LUCKY TO LIVE IN CHAMBERSBURG AT A TIME WHEN EVERYONE TREATED EACHOTHER LIKE FAMILY. WE HELPED EACHOTHER, PLAYED AND TOLD EVERYONE OUR PROBLEMS, NEVER LOCKED OUR DOORS AND WERE IN AND OUT EACHOTHER'S HOUSES CONSTANTLY. ST. JOACHIMS WAS THE CENTER OF RELEGION FOR ALMOST EVERYONE AND WE ALWAYS LOOKED FORWARD TO THE FEAST OF LIGHTS ON BUTLER ST. I CONSTANTLY RECALL ALL THESE THINGS AND THINK HOW MUCH BETTER WE HAD IT IN THOSE DAYS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

RALPH LUCARELLA said...

I MIGHT ADD...MANY YEARS LATTER, WHEN I WORKED THE BURG AS A LETTER CARRIER, THEY WOULD ASK IN ITALIAN "ARE YOU LIZZIE'S SON". THEY REMEMBERED OUR STORE AT 123 MOTT ST.

JoeB said...

Tom:
My parents and like most of all Grandparents that came to this country to work and improve themselves. Today there are many that receive assistance for free and when your get something for nothing you don't appreciate it. I believe that doing Community Work in return would go along way towards repaying for what you get.

Tom Glover said...

YOU TWO GUYS ARE RIGHT ON TARGET. OUR NEIGHBORHOOD WAS ALSO A FRIENDLY FRONT PORCH NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE EVERY BODY KNEW EVERYBODY ELSE AND WE ALL RUSHED TO HELP ANY FAMILY IN TROUBLE.

RALPH LUCARELLA said...

TO JOEB.....YOU BETTER BELIEVE, I'M TALKING ABOUT AN ERA WHEN THERE WERE NO FREE STUFF. NO FOOD STAMPS, NO WELLFARE, NOTHING FREE. EVERYONE WORKED THEIR BUTT OFF TO HELP FEED THEIR FAMILY AND THAT INCLUDED STREET CLEANING, HEAVY ROAD WORK, FACTORIES THAT PAID PEOPLE 18 CENTS AN HOUR, LIKE I GOT FOR WORKING AT STAR PORCELINE. GIRLS GOT 10 CENTS AN HOUR AT BAYER ASPERIN. MY GRANDFATHER GOT LAID OFF FROM ROEBLINGS RIGHT BEFORE BEING READY TO RETIRE. DON'T GIVE PEOPLE THE IMPRESSION OF GETTING ANY THING FREE DURING THAT TIME IN THIS COUNTRY. THANKS FOR COMMENTING.