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Mural 100 Years

posted May 10, 2012, 4:20 PM by F Romano   [ updated May 13, 2012, 7:39 AM ]

Italian settlement in Trail - Colombo Lodge - the first 100 years.Colombo Lodge mural

The Colombo Lodge Centennial Mural, 'Legacy and Dedication' was commissioned by the City of Trail to commemorate The Colombo Lodge's centennial in 2005.

Mayor Dieter Bogs, unveiled and presented the mural to The Colombo Lodge at a special ceremony on Canada Day Weekend July 2005.

Thanks and Acknowledgements to the following people for making this project a success.

The Mayor and Council, City of Trail for the opportunity; 2005 President and Executive - Societa Cristoforo Colombo, The Centenario 2005 Organizational Committee, and The Mural Committee. Congratulations to all of the relatives and families of Italian descent that emigrated to Canada. A personal thanks for the invaluable assistance of Jamie Forbes, and Sarah Benson of The City of Trail Archives, The Trail Historical Society, and all the contributors to the Trail of Memories book.

Many thanks to Anne Marie Gagliani,- Colombo Lodge Archives, and Lana (Baldassi) Rodlie for editing and collating the inspiring booklet, 'The First 100 years'.
Historical Background

In the Anaconda mining area of Butte, Montana, Augustus Heinze was battling for mine ownership taking sides with the miners who were striking against Marcus Daly financially backed by Robber-baron Hearst.

Heinze got to hear of the Rossland Gold find, came up to Trail Creek and saw the potential for riches opting to build a smelter at Trail creek. - History was made.

Irish and other miners too got wind of the Rossland find from Cornish (Jacks) miners, and left Anaconda for Trail Creek.

In the Anaconda Mine, Daniele Martinelli also heard of Heinze's new smelter, arriving in Trail Creek in 1896. Issaco Georgetti arrived 1897*, building the 'Montana' Hotel in 1902*. The word spread and many more Italian immigrants came to Trail, settling in the 'Gulch', building a community of homes, businesses and establishing Canada's first Colombo Lodge in 1905. *Trail of Memories - Trail Historical Society.

The mini-mural is 60"h x 60"w. Oil on board, painted by Maureen A. Travers - support and frame by Michael J. Travers, it is on permanent display in the Foyer of the Colombo Lodge Building on Rossland Avenue in Trail.

Founding of the Lodge

posted May 10, 2012, 6:58 AM by F Romano   [ updated May 13, 2012, 7:44 AM ]

Elenco Dei Soci Fondatori - Societa M.S. Cristoforo Colombo, Trail, B.C. Canada.

Founding of the Colombo Lodge 1905. Trail.

The lodge started in a small building on Rossland Avenue in The Gulch - Trail

Although the Colombo Lodge was not officially known as such until it's founding in 1905. Many newcomers of Italian origin arrived in the Kootenays in the early 1890's. They met informally, often socializing and keeping up with news from 'home.' The first meeting place was in Trail was a converted house with a 'false' store front in 'Dublin Gulch', not far from the site of the present day lodge. Card playing was very popular, the front area accommodated impromptu musical evenings, and involvement was not limited to 'Italians'.

Historical background.

There were already many early immigrants from Europe living in Trail and Rossland.

The Supreme Lodge of the 'Knights of Pythias granted a charter to a group in Trail in 1897. Noble Binns was the first Chancellor Commander of Lodge No 23, they met above a building on the corner of Bay Avenue and Helena Street.

The middle-class professionals and merchants had by 1899 established 'Fidelity Lodge No 32, a 'Masonic Lodge.'

18 members of the Croation community formed the Fraternal Lodge 282, a benevolent and social society in 1904.

There were many other early minority groups such as the Chinese and Jewish merchants that operated informal benevolent societies.

But it would be the workers and families of Italian origin that were most in need of a mutual benevolent society.

Apart from the language difficulties, the loneliness, dangerous working conditions, and poor pay, there was the 'mine-field' of cultural, class and political barriers to face on a day-to-day basis.

The Founding members helped anyone in need.

Some founding members in front of the first lodge building in The Gulch.

Among the first 'Italian' residents of 'The Gulch' were a group of enlightened and industrious entrepreneurial merchants and workers, many of whom had experienced first-hand the hardship and pitfalls of trying to make a living in many parts of the new-world.

And although back in their homeland regions of Italy, they may have previously been divided by language, geography and political loyalties, they were now united by a common need to survive.

It was from this group that the following gentlemen became the founding members - the charter members of Societa M.S. Cristoforo Colombo, The Colombo Lodge, Trail, B.C. Canada.

Giovanni Ciuffatelli - First President.

The original custom-made lapel pendant.

Ernesto Columbus

Camillo Lauriente

Girolamo Petroni

Cesare Landucci

Michele Georgetti

Isaco Georgetti

Egidio Tognotti

Luigi Campana

The reverse side of the pendant is black and is only used at funerals.  Constantino Gianni

Leonardo Pacitti

Luca di Bartolomeo

Angelo Paolinelli

Giuseppe Tatangelo

Giovanni Palombelli

Giuseppe Bandoni

Giuseppe Accilli

Pietro Bandoni

Giuseppe Anselmo

Crescenzio Accilli

Antonio de Camillo

Allesandro de Camillo

Vittorio Palozzi

Francesco Serafini

Giacomo Bucco

Tomaso Lauriente

Ernesto Ganora

Biagio Ganora

Emedio Fanti

Emidio Cattini

Giuseppe Lucchesi

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