Silvio arrived in North America in 1912 travelling from his residence in Germany with friend Abramo Dal Col. In 1922 he married Rosa Ducharme who came to Kelowna from North Dakota. Silvio operated a shoe and harness repair shop that was eventually taken over by his nephew Renato Vaccaro (Renata Turri). Silvio and Rosa had four children: Silvia (Lukonsly), Maria, Beattrice (Nichols) and Ida (Blaley). Their home on Burtch Road was well known for its colourful display of portulaca that grew out to the road.
Carmine Rantucci first arrived in Canada with his father, Loreto, in 1910 when he was about twelve years old. They worked their way with the railway from Winnipeg to Revelstoke. Carmine returned to Italy for World War I. After the war he met and married Ida Ciancone. In 1921 he returned to Canada with friend Bernardino Santucci. Ida, and son Romolo (Evelyn Erisser), made the journey here in 1928. Children Moraldo (Carol Schneider), Zena (Jack Loretto) and Elmo (Emma Turri) were born later in Kelowna.
The story the Guidi families in Kelowna can be quite complicated. In the early 1900’s there were several Guidi families here. In later years some of them moved to the southern Okanagan. Records indicate Luigi Guidi, and his wife Ersilia Rossi, along with Luigi’s brother Silvio, arrived in 1906. The ship’s manifest indicates their Kelowna contact was Ersilia’s brother Joseph Rossi. Other Guidi arrivals here were: Ulissi 1908, Maria 1911, Amos, Angelo and Pietro 1912, Rodolfo and Clara - 1920 and Emilio and Laura in 1922.
Luigi and Ersilia had two children: Emilio (Dolinda Fussari) and Laura (Alessio Ciancone). Emilio and Dolinda had two children: Nita (Caesar Turri) and Louis (Rita).
In 1913 Palmizio Oreste Favali worked in the Virginia / North Carolina coal mines. Then he his way to Summerland to see his brother in law, Pietro Lenzi. He moved on to Kelowna where he had a small farm and worked for the Orsi / Guidi plaster and stucco busineses. He married Luigia Lenzi who came to Kelowna in 1929. Here they raised their five children: Frank (Elsie Comazzetto), Mike (Marjorie Thomson), Lawrence (Helen), and Marita (Ernesto Comazzetto). Son Roy died at a young age.
Four Ciancone family members came to Kelowna. The first here in 1913 was Ulderico. He married Filomena Verna. He had various jobs including his “worst job”… in a slaughterhouse. After a short time in Seattle, he returned to Kelowna where he worked on water and sewage line installations. Following him was Concetta, who was married to Ambrogio Ciaccia. Next was Alessio (Alec) in 1921. He married Laura Guidi. Alec was a manager at Calona Wines. Last was Ida in 1928. She married Carmine Rantucci. Ulderico had two sons: August and Vince. Augie was a great sportsman who excelled in gymnastics, lacrosse, boxing and horsemanship. In 1952 Augie died at the young age of twenty-six. The City of Kelowna voted him “Sportsman of the year” for his contribution to sport for young athletes and an “Augie Ciancone Memorial Award” is presented annually at the Civic Award Presentation to the best junior athletes. Alec had three children: Gloria, Vilma, and Mario.
Mattia Culos came to Canada in 1912. He farmed a fourteen acre lot on Gordon Road. Cestilia Bazzana came to Canada in 1923 to marry Mattia, in the Immaculate Conception Church, on September 27 1923. They raised Antonia (John Schmidt), Reno (Elizabeth Kalenchuk), Louis (Sharron Wilson), Gertie (Phillip Bachmann) and Lena (Sonny Herbst). They lived happily on the farm until 1960 when they retired to the city. Sadly, Mattia passed away one year after retirement. Cestilia passed away 1973.
Ambrogio Ciaccia made his first trip to America in 1902 at age 16. Subsequent trips were made in 1908 and in 1913 with his wife Concetta Ciancone. Their destination was recorded as Kamloops. They had a small farm near the train station at the north end of Kelowna, where they raised Paul (Helen Molnar), Thelma (Jack Varcoe), Nolda (Ineo Rantucci) and Lydia (Robert Slaboden). Son Roberto and daughter Melba died at early ages. Ambrogio also worked on several neighbouring farms in the north end.
Four of Germano Dapavo and Enrichetta Rampone’s children, Maria, Rosa, Catarina and Dino, were early residents of Kelowna. Catarina was the first to arrive in 1904. She was followed by Rosa and Maria in 1905 and finally Davide Michele (Dino) in 1927. Each of them married other early Kelowna families: Maria (Samuele Turri), Rosa (Giovachino Lanfranco), Catarina (Louis Casorso) and Dino (Rosa Gaspardone). The Italian community was centred around the hall they built at the corner of Casorso and Gordon Roads which is now the White Heather Rest home. Pictured here is Dino Dapavo (centre) with Gaspar Risso (left) and Tony Borgnetta (right).
There were six girls in the Lanfranco family: Catherine (1909), Katie (1910), Mary (1913), Louisa (1919), Delphine (1924) and Margaret (1927). They all married locals and continue to have families residing here: Catherine (Tony Welder), Katie (Luigi Francescutti), Mary (Ted Toombs), Louisa (Mike Marchuck), Delphine (Wayne Slyter) and Margaret (Carl Hewitt). All of the Lanfranco children attended Mission Creek School with many of them captured in photographs of track and field teams.
Dominic, Peter, Camillo and Paul were all born in Kelowna between 1906 and 1922. While none of their families currently reside in the Kelowna area they are all Kelowna pioneers. Camillo was a master leather worker and remained on the Lanfranco farm before moving to the Falkland area. Peter was involved with mining operations around the province. Dominic (Alice Canty) became a taxi driver in the Qualicum region and Paul (Mary Duggan) moved to Abbotsford where he was a border guard. Camillo and Peter were never married.