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"Many people gave up their homes and moved away. My parents had a duplex building and a small building in the back which they rented out. There were so many vacancies in the area that it was difficult to find tenants. They had to give up this investment at a terrible loss.
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I have good memories of Ross Clausi playing his accordion at local dances and I heartily agree that we lived in interesting times. Thanks Ross, for sharing your memories.
because of his severe case of Silicosis. From that point on, we survived on a Compensation payment of $125 per month, plus what my sister contributed from her job at the Imperial Bank. It was tough. Nevertheless, there were many people living in worse conditions than we were.
"On Saturdays and during any holidays, I helped uncle Gino with the deliveries and then on Sundays I would work in the sweltering heat of the bakery with Alexander Pizzale, slicing and wrapping the bread for the Monday deliveries.
made her own bread every Thursday so we always had our "pane".
"My grandfather, Carmine Mazzuca, established Mazzuca and Sons Grocery on Pine South in 1920. His son Gino was my uncle and he delivered bread to the south part of Timmins, to Dome Extension and to South Porcupine in the late 1940s and in the 1950s. The bakery was called International Bakery and was operated by Marcello and Giuseppe Pizzale. They produced delicious Italian bread under the name, "Sally Ann Bread" and delivered it to your door. I still laugh when I remember the Dome Ex and South Porcupine children chanting, "Sally Ann Bread, baked in a shed. Eat one slice and drop down dead."
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"Also during this time period, some of my musician friends and I got together and we made a few dollars playing for dances and parties. They were interesting times!"
"In the midst of this occurred the strikes at several of the local gold mines. We delivered the bread to the many miners' homes and they paid in cash, with bread tickets, or they charged the purchases and paid the bill on payday which was on the 10th and 25th of the month.
"I also recall the scuffles that occurred on the picket lines as some workers wished to return to work in spite of the strike and those 'scabs' were ill treated. There Balenciaga Mini City Bag Nordstrom
were even some attempts to dynamite some buildings and some of the mine headframes. In the end, the small increase in pay of only five cents an hour never made up for what was lost during these long labour disputes.
It is to be noted here, that the Dome Mine was not unionized, so did not go on strike when all the other mines did. The Dome Ex children continued to chant the Sally Ann song.
This was fine as long as a pay cheque arrived but during the strike they had to depend on vouchers from the union groups. As time went by, some of the vouchers were not honoured by those who issued them and we arrived at the stage where we could only give bread if it was paid for by cash.
Ross Clausi was born and raised in Timmins and has retired from a 34 year teaching career, the last 27 of which were at Timmins High Vocational School. Ross grew up in the Moneta section of Timmins and has shared his memories of the mine strikes of the 1950s.
"Needless to say, there were also many charge accounts that were never paid and the bakery was the loser. It broke my young heart to have to refuse to give bread to our customers, but the bakery had to survive. My mother Balenciaga Graffiti Small
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