John Venera Interview
Suncadia (Resort), Suncadia Fund for Community Enhancement
John Vernera (b. January 14, 1916, in Roslyn, Washington) speaks about his father, Battista Venera, and his immigration from Italy to Roslyn, circa 1909. Venera's father entered the dairy business in 1918 and operated Maple Dairy, 1934-1943. Venera worked for his father at the dairy and then in the Northwestern Improvement Company (NWI) Nos. 5 and 9 Mines. He describes mining equipment, procedures, relationships to other mines, and “close call” experiences in the mines. He also describes the life of an immigrant family, including education, recreation, ethnic traditions, food/recipes, festivals, holidays, music, bocce ball, and lodges such as Druidessa, Moose, Finn, Swede, and Odd Fellows Halls.
The cover image shows recent Italian immigrants holding wooden bocce balls on a bocce court behind Torino Tavern in Cle Elum, 1900. Bocce--an Italian lawn bowling game--was a favorite pastime for decades in Kittitas County. Pictured here are Deonegis (father and son).
Venera, John, "John Venera Interview" (2004). Roslyn, Cle Elum, and Ronald Oral History Interviews. 111.
prior to 1918
Oral history, Immigrants--United States--History, Roslyn (Wash.), Northwestern Improvement Company, Coal mining
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