Giovanni and Rosa Casorso’s children, Carolina, Tony and Charles, accompanied Rosa when she made her journey to Kelowna in 1884. After their arrival, sons Joe, Louie, Pete, Felix, Leo and August were born in the Okanagan Mission. Carolina married Charles Fritz and lived in the Spokane area. Tony (Marguerite McGarrity), Charles (Mary McCunnin), Joe (Ethel Winship), Louie (Catarina Dapavo), Pete (Alice Canty), Felix (Veronica Reiter), Leo (Marian Prowse), August (Mary Millar) all worked in conjunction with Giovanni’s original farm while setting up their own farms, butcher shops and shipping operations.
Louis Constantini arrived in the US in 1903. He worked as a water boy in Philadelphia where rail lines were being constructed. He continued affiliation with railways supplying timber for a railroad being built to the copper mine at Princeton. By 1914 he made his way to Kelowna with Joseph Alimonti. In 1924 he married Joseph’s younger sister, Lucia. In his early years he assisted with both the KVR and Belgo dam construction projects before buying his own farm in the Ellison area. Louis and Lucia’s family consists of Armand (West Kelowna), Ida (Las Vegas), and Diana, Albert and Alfy (Vancouver).
Eduardo Gabriele Quirico married Maria Pierna Boerio in 1913 before making his way to Kelowna, with his cousin Pasquale Barrera and in-law, Giovachino Lanfranco, in 1914. He established a dairy and mixed farm across from Casorso Road Elementary School. Here Gabriele and Pierina raised daughters Rosa and Mary and son Eduardo. After Gabriele’s sudden passing in 1945 Pierina and her daughters moved to California to join Gabriele’s family. Son Eduardo remained in BC with family members now residing in Alberta.
In 1914 Giovachino Lanfranco accompanied cousins Pasquale Barrera and Gabriele Quirico from Villa San Secondo, Italy, to Kelowna. Pasquale’s first known job was working at a railway construction camp in the Princeton area. From here he made his way back to Kelowna with fellow worker Joseph Alimonti. After several years of working on the Alimonti farm Pasquale married Francesca, one of the two Alimonti daughters. By 1926 they acquired their own farm on Lakeshore Road where they raised their family of Luigi, Rose, Camillo and Pio.
Leaving home at about age 12, Joseph Alimonti was unable to purchase his own ticket to America so he jumped on a ship and worked his way over. His name first appears in the 1910 Ohio census residing at a boarding house. By 1914 he was working at a railway construction camp in the Princeton area. When that job was completed, Joseph and his friends Pasquale Barrera and Louis Constantini, joined his father, Pasquale Alimonti, in Kelowna. They worked together on Pasquale’s farm before each one buying their own farms. In 1917 Joseph was drafted into the Canadian forces, serving in France. He returned wounded, to Kelowna in 1919, and by 1925 married Rosa Culos. They farmed in the Mission Creek and Ellison areas where they raised their family Katie, Nick and Gina.
In 1912 Samuele Turri and six of his friends, Amos, Angelo and Pietro Guidi Cesare Bertucci, Michele Rossi and Carlo Cavani, steamed into Kelowna aboard the paddle wheeler, the SS Okanagan. By 1916 he had met and married Maria Dapavo. They had five children: Olinto, Hazel, Katie, Caesar and Beatrice. After several unrelated jobs he began work with the City of Kelowna in 1918 and stayed with them until his retirement in 1959.
Pasquale left Italy in 1905 spending some years in Ohio with his wife’s family before making his way to Spokane, crossing the border in 1910 and arriving in Kelowna in 1912. He established a vegetable farm in Rutland where he was joined by his son Joseph and his two friends Pasquale Barrera and Louis Constantini, both of who soon married into his family. In 1921 he brought over his wife, Domenica Fulvimari, and their two daughters Francesca and Lucia. Domenica passed away in 1923 and Pasquale in 1951.
Gaspar Risso was born in Kelowna in 1908. He attended Mission Creek School and graduated from Kelowna Central Schools. In 1933 he married nurse Inez Hewer. Gaspar ran the family farm, started by his parents, Vincenzo and Annetta Risso. He grew vegetables, which he share cropped with the Tamaki family. He expanded it into a dairy farm, sending his milk to NOCA for over 40 years. Gaspar was a Grand Knight with the Knights of Columbus, a Director with the Minor Hockey Association, and water bailiff for the South Kelowna Water Users Community. Both Gaspar and Vincenzo were founding members of the Italian Community Club, Pendozi District which started in 1930. They helped run the finances, plus took rentals for the Italian Hall until it was sold in 1959.
Tony first made his journey from Italy in 1904. By 1908 he bought a block from the South Kelowna Land and Orchard Company. At the time he paid 50 cents an acre. It was situated on Casorso Road and part of it was on Swamp Road. They farmed for many years when his wife, Anna Maria Ollino took ill and was sent to New Westminster, BC to recover. She died December 22, 1916. Antonio was left to raise his two children, Carlotta Risso born in 1900 and Lorenzo Secondo 'Gundo' Risso born in 1908. Antonio died March 22, 1961 in Kelowna. He entrusted the farm to his son Gundo. Gundo and his family remained on the farm where he died August 17, 1969.
Domenico and Giuseppina Rampone