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Originally published in the BDHS newsletter, November 1995

This sewing machine and shoemaking equipment was used by Rocco Antonio DiJulio. He used it from 1917 until 1922, when he moved to Seattle because of the miners’ strike.

This sewing machine and shoemaking equipment was used by Rocco Antonio DiJulio. He used it from 1917 until 1922, when he moved to Seattle because of the miners’ strike.

1901 to 1918—Rocco arrived from Italy and began work in the mine. In 1904 he returned to Italy briefly to marry Filomena Rossi. She joined him in Black Diamond in 1908. Rocco left mining in 1918, last working the 11th level of the “New Mine” [Mine 11].

1918 to 1922—Rocco turned to his trade as master shoemaker using only a Singer sewing machine to sew uppers. All other related work was done by hand. The machine is displayed at the museum.

Our family’s five room house was on company land. The company ordered the house moved or sold to them for a paltry sum of $200. On January 31, 1922, our family of six made the move by train to the Georgetown district of Seattle. It was a sad, heart-wrenching experience for all, but Dad knew there were other choices for his sons than going into the mine.

We were reunited with our Uncle Silvino Rossi and family, who had made the move to Georgetown before us. (more…)

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