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Title Interview with Filomena Valpacchio [Part 1]
Author Valpacchio, Filomena
Date c.1979
Document Type Oral History (Audio)
Name Valpacchio, Filomena
Date of Recording c.1979
Duration 00:31:24
Reference IHRC1106, Box 1, AV199
Library / Archive Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota
Collection Name Italians in Dobbs Ferry Oral History Collection
Description Born in 1895, Filomena married in Italy when she was 16. Her husband travelled between the United States and Italy and she eventually sold the holding and left Italy via Naples in 1916. She describes how she did not like America at first as she could not speak the language, washing clothes to make a living, her husband's work on the railroad and then as a gardener, owning a boarding house, her seven children and getting a mortgage on the house.
Theme(s) Arrivals: Ports and Early Experiences
Country (from) Italy
Country (to) United States of America
Places Dobbs Ferry, New York, New Jersey, United States
Ports Naples, Italy; New York, United States
Nationality Italian; European
Keywords marriage, health and sickness, literacy, farming, agriculture, seasickness, wine, languages, clothing, railway, gardening, First World War, lodging house, finance, children
Catalogue Link Immigration History Research Center Archives Catalogue
Language English; Italian
Document(s) linked to Interview with Filomena Valpacchio [Part 2]
Notes on the Oral History of Filomena Valpacchio
Copyright Reproduced by kind permission of the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society, Dobbs Ferry, New York.