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Page 2 POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 27, 2013 by Prof. Edmund Nostra Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. WARREN G. HARDING DATE OF BIRTH: November 2, 1865 PLACE OF BIRTH: Blooming Grove, OH DATE OF DEATH: August 2, 1923 PLACE OF DEATH: San Francisco, CA SPOUSE: Florence Kling PRESIDENT: March 4, 1921 - August 2, 1923 C.E.O. twenty-nine, Warren Harding by name, They say he conducted a "b-Yont Porch Campaign;" Limited his travel and stayed close to home, An old fashioned boy and not one to roam. He strongly favored U.S. isolation, And the setting of quotas on immigration; He caused many advances but his one great obsession, Was just how to cope with the postwar depression. We should also remember, if anyone asks, Few incoming Presidents faced more difficult tasks; The greatest scandal voters could not condone, Was the one that they called "The Teapot Dome." On the distaff side, Warren did his thing, When he met a Buckeye beauty named Florence Kling; She forgot to mention that her dad was a banker, But when he was told, did not fail to thank her. Although he was cold, they say she was much colder, Comparing their ages, she was just five years older, She is credited with inspiring her husband's career, When he appeared you could bet that "The Duchess" was near. Ill health put an end to her social life, And Warren was soon left with an invalid wife; Then tragedies strike, sometimes all at once, She survived her husband by only twelve months. NEW LOCATION The Rental Registration & Inspection Program requires the annual registration of all private rental units and the inspection for all non-exempt rental units to be conducted every five years.This year the registration period begins on May 1, 2013 and ends on August 1, 2013. The initial registration fee is S25/unit. Failure to register will result in fines and further enforcement actions. Benefits: Educate owners on State and local housing codes. Provides owners with a written record of the conditions of the property. Ensures rental units meet minimum Housing Code Requirements Promoting Safe, Sanita & Healthy Res Publica by David Trumbull One hundred years ago, in April of 1913, the president of the National Association of Cotton Manufacturers spoke at that organization's annual meeting of foreign labor in the textile mills of New England. The address was newsworthy enough to be reprinted in full in the Boston Evening Tran- script. In his remarks Edwin Farnham Greene of the Pacific Mill in Lawrence quoted from another speech of two years earlier by a Mr. Parker, regarding the mul- tiplicity of nations represented among the 7,000 workers at that one textile mill. He spoke of the "Austrian Polanders." Syrians, Portuguese, French-Canadians, English, Irish, Scots and Russians and concludes: "In the worsted spinning room, young Italian boys have recently been tried as spinners and make a good impression." My wife's grandfather, Angelo DiZazzo was one of those "young Italian boys" or more properly, a young man, for he arrived in Bos- ton on the 11  of August 1912, four days after his eighteenth birthday. It wasn't long before he was working in Mr. Farnhams, Pacific Mill. He was not alone. Pulling a page from the 1930 U.S. Census of the Italian neighbor- hood of Lawrence, we see that out of 50 per- sons listed, four (all of one family) were Lithuanian, the rest were from Italy or were the children of Italian immigrants. Of 22 who had jobs (remember the census lists everyone, not just adults in the workforce), 14 worked in the textile mills of Lawrence. According to the book Lawrence, Massachu- setts (Acadia Publishing, 1995), "We Weave the World's Worsted" became a familiar phrase in schools around that Merrimack Valley mill city. To our south, in Cranston, Rhode Island, the story is repeated. One page from the 1930 U.S. Census shows one person from Portugal and 49 Italians. Of the 25 persons employed, 12 were working in the textile mills. The mills were where immigrants who did not speak English got their first jobs in the industrial cities of the Northeast. It was often hard work, for long hours, for low pay. On the other hand, it was work. And from that first start many Italian immigrant families went on to thrive in this new country. The story of American textiles is told at the American Textile History Museum in Lowell. I urge you to visit. If anyone is interested in organizing a group tour oriented toward the role of the mills in the lives of Italian-Americans please contact me at david@trumbullof I am on the Board of Advisors. 1812 in Singing of the War: Song at USS Constitution Museum music, focusing recently on music of the War of 1812. David's M.A. and Ph.D. are in musicology, from George Washington University and Catholic University. He also teaches American music history at the Peabody Con- servatory and writes for the Johns Hopkins University Press. In addition to presenting concerts and educational programs since 1980, David (Continued on Page 15) Dr. David Hildebrand On Wednesday, October 2 nd from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pro, the USS Constitution Museum, located at the Charlestown Navy Yard, 88 Constitution Road, Charlestown, MA will host Singing of the War: 1812 in Song. Admission is free. The War of 1812 spawned a huge variety of songs in America. From the early stirrings of party politics under President Adams and the traumatic effect of Jefferson's Embargo in 1807, through the triumph at Fort McHenry and the last battle in New Orleans, Americans took pen to paper to tear at political opponents, to dra- matize the great sea battles between huge frigates in full sail and to laud battle heroes like Hull and Perry. In addition, songs of ridicule, sentimental ballads of love and separation and songs encouraging enlistments were sung at home, on the streets and in theaters. This program climaxes in the true telling of the birth of "The Star-Spangled Banner" in September, 1814, dispel- ling several lingering myths along the way. Dr. Hildebrand will perform several musi- cal selections accompanied by period images. 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