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The Resource The R. F. Welch (Veltri) Company, John Potestio

The R. F. Welch (Veltri) Company, John Potestio

Label
The R. F. Welch (Veltri) Company
Title
The R. F. Welch (Veltri) Company
Statement of responsibility
John Potestio
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Drawing on Giovanni Veltri's Memoirs as the basis for his narrative, John Potestio recounts the origin and development of the R. F. Welch (Veltri) Company, a railway construction firm that was founded by two immigrants from Calabria, Italy in the 1880's. It is an unlikely story of two humble people, Vincenzo and Giovanni Veltri, who by hard work, a desire to succeed, and a strong entrepreneurial sense, broke through the barriers of prejudice and discrimination of the time to become an important company that employed mostly immigrant labourers. Potestio also examines the role of the "padrone" system on the railways of North America while analysing the unique role that the Veltri brothers played within the system. The hard life of the navvies (railway workers), particularly at the turn of the 20th Century, is another revealing theme explored by the author
  • The historic role of the Welch Company in opening the doors of emigration to thousands of newcomers primarily from Southern Italy as well as other parts of Europe in the post Second World War period is the most significant aspect of this story. Here, Potestio examines the importance of the Welch Contract as the key to providing stable work on the Canadian National Railway work gangs, an important factor in the permanent settlement of many immigrants and their families in various communities across Canada. Potestio's history of the Welch Company is yet another chapter in the history if the Italians in Canada."--from pub. website
Cataloging source
CaOPAL
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Potestio, John
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Veltri, Giovanni
  • Veltri, Vincenzo
  • R. F. Welch Company
  • Railroad construction workers
  • Railroad construction workers
  • Labor contractors
  • Labor contractors
  • Immigrants
  • Immigrants
  • Italian Canadians
  • Italian Canadians
  • Italians
  • Canada
  • Italy
  • Ontario, Northwestern
  • Port Arthur (Ont.)
  • Fort William (Ont.)
Label
The R. F. Welch (Veltri) Company, John Potestio
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 108-123) and index
Contents
Veltri Brothers in America [Vincenzo & Giovanni, Italian immigrants] -- From landowners to contractors [railroad construction] -- Years of trial and success -- The Company's adaptation and consolidation [Northwestern Ontario, Port Arthur] -- Company survival -- Veltri family settlement in Canada -- The Welch Company under Ralph Veltri --
Control code
907931
Extent
126 p.
Isbn
9780973804225
Other physical details
ill., photographs, maps.
Label
The R. F. Welch (Veltri) Company, John Potestio
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 108-123) and index
Contents
Veltri Brothers in America [Vincenzo & Giovanni, Italian immigrants] -- From landowners to contractors [railroad construction] -- Years of trial and success -- The Company's adaptation and consolidation [Northwestern Ontario, Port Arthur] -- Company survival -- Veltri family settlement in Canada -- The Welch Company under Ralph Veltri --
Control code
907931
Extent
126 p.
Isbn
9780973804225
Other physical details
ill., photographs, maps.

Library Locations

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      216 S. Brodie St, Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7E 1C2, CA
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      285 Red River Road, Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7B 1A9, CA
      48.436426 -89.223125
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