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Ethnic Heritage Museum

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  1. C. P. Coal Company trucks and drivers
    Established in Charles Perrecone, 1928, at 154 Morgan Street. Italian family in Rockford, Illinois. Pictured are Carl, Sal, Joe, Frank Skridla and Mike Perrecone.

  2. Cacciatore Meat Market
    Italian family meat market, 317 South Main Street. Brothers: Charles, Carl, Peter--Phil not pictured.

  3. Capitol Luncheonette
    Owned by Joseph Cuccia, a Sicilian who settled in Rockford, Illinois. Located at 1120 S. Main Street, Rockford.

  4. Capitol Theater Marquee & Cashier
    Catherine Domino Martignoni was the first cashier of the Capitol Theater on South Main Street, Rockford, Illinois.

  5. Capitol Theater, Rockford
    Capitol Theater, 1122 South Main Street, was Italian-owned. It featured statuary, twinkling stars in the ceiling, air conditioning, and Spanish decor, with ushers in Spanish costumes.

  6. Cason family, Rockford, Illinois
    The Italian-American Cason family established Maria's Restaurand, known throughout the midwest.

  7. Democratic candidate, State Representative, 1936
    Business sized political card for Leo M. Byrne, Democratic candidate for State Representative, 10th Senatorial District.

  8. Di Maria & Giglio Grocery Store
    Italian family store at 1302 South Main Street, Rockford, Illinois. Frank Di Maria pictured behind counter.

  9. Early Automobile - Dodge
    This Dodge was either the first or third Dodge in Winnebago County. Three Rockford men took the train to Detroit and drove the cars back. This Dodge was owned by Leo M. Byrne.

  10. Felo Cuccia
    Rockford's first Italian fireman, Felo (Phil) Cuccia

  11. Fiorenza Confectionary Store
    The store was a gathering place for the Italian immigrants in south Rockford, Illinois.

  12. Frank Cichella
    Rockford's first Italian policeman, joined the force in 1926. Seated are Edith, Marietta, Jennie, Frank, Adeline and Viola. Standing are Albert, Ida and Marie.

  13. Giuseppe Verdi Club
    Northern Italian social club, located on North Madison Street, Rockford, Illinois

  14. Historic house on South Main Street
    Home built in 1851 by the grandfather of Charles Brantingham. It was later sold to A. E. Cutler, who traded it in 1870 for a house in Chicago. Owned by George Myer when it burned.

  15. Ingrassia Grocery store
    The Ingrassia family came to Rockford, Illinois, from Sicily, and operated several different businesses.

  16. Ingrassia Grocery Store (interior)
    The Ingrassia family came to Rockford from Sicily. Grocery store was located at the corner of South Main and Loomis Streets.

  17. Lars Noling and Family
    Lars Noling (1843-1906) was a Swedish immigrant to Rockford in 1864. He made a successful career as a real estate developer, industrialist, an dpolitician. He served in the Illinois General Assembly 1893-99. Pictured here with his family at home on Kishwaukee Street, circa 1900.

  18. Ognibene family, Rockford, Illinois
    Michael Ognibene family, with Armato & Cassioppi families, Italian immigrants to Rockford, Illinois.

  19. Paris Garage
    Nick Manzullo, Sam R. Rebecca & Orville [last name unknown]. Italian family garage located at corner of South Main & Montague Streets.

  20. Perrecone Lumber & Coal Co. truck
    Established by Perrecone family on corner of Kent & South Main Street, Rockford, Illinois

  21. Pirello's North Towne Manor restaurant
    Owned by Russ & Donna Pirello, North Towne Manor was in business in Rockford, Illinois, 1962-1995.

  22. Rockford native Reverend Patrick Byrne
    Father Byrne was an early priest at St. Mary's Church in Rockford. Ordained in Boston in 1891, he was the oldest son of Laurence and Mary Shields Byrne.

  23. Sammy Mandell
    Sammy Mandell, an Italian-American from Rockford, Illinois, was the world champion in his boxing classification in the 1920s.

  24. Sammy Mandell #2
    Sammy Mandell mowing the lawn at his home, 2543 Highcrest Road, Rockford, Illinois, in 1926.

  25. Sammy Mandell, lightweight boxing champion
    Sammy Mandell (1904-1967), an Italian-American from Rockford, Illinois, was world's lightweight boxing champion 1926-1930. Known as "Mandell the Sheik" or "Boxing's Beau Brummel," he had 28 knockouts & 168 fights in his 16 year career.

  26. St. Anthony of Padua Italian church (interior)
    Built for the Italian immigrants to Rockford, Illinois (old interior). Founded by Father Marchesano, who was the first pastor.

  27. United States Post Office, Rockford, Illinois
    The post office was built in the 1890s by the Maffioli family, immigrants from Northern Italy.

  28. World War I soldier
    Jerry Juliano, an Italian-American from Rockford, Illinois, in his World War I uniform

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