Anna Lamantia (1903 - 1968)



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She grew up in Federal Hill until moving to Cranston to live with her sister Maria (Helen) Lamantia Pannozzi in 1939.
Worked at Shepherd's Dept. store in Providence in the 1920's and 30's, and at Banspatch bakery, eventually worked at New England Telephone starting in 1940 until her retirement in April 1968.
Favorite foods - Canoli pastries from Scialo's bakery on Federal hill.
Favorite performers Bob Hope and Jimmy Durante.
Politics: Lifelong Democrat.
Favorite TV shows: Alfred Hitchcock, Twilight Zone, Gunsmoke, TV Variety shows, particularly Dean Martin

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at Ridge St,
Providence, RI USA


Cause of death: Cerebral Stroke

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Cerebral Stroke

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at St Anns Cemetery,
Cranston, RI United States


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cranston, providence County, rhode island us

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Father: Cosimo Lamantia
Mother: Providenza "Lucy" (Russo) Lamantia
Siblings: Maria E (Lamantia) Pannozzi, Carmella (Lamantia) DiMaio DiSano, Anthony Lamantia, and Salvatore Lamantia


Grammar School, High School


New England Telephone Co.

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1903 - In the year that Anna Lamantia was born, the Ford Motor Company was incorporated in June after Henry Ford left another car company he founded in 1901 (which became the Cadillac Motor Company). He began Ford Motor Company with $28,000 in cash from twelve investors, two of whom (the Dodge brothers) later began their own car company. Henry Ford improved on assembly line techniques and has been so successful that his family still controls a very popular Ford line of cars and trucks.

1920 - By the time she was 17 years old, the National Football League, first called the American Professional Football Association, was created. College football was more popular than pro football and rising player salaries were bankrupting league owners. In response, owners created the NFL, using the pro baseball association as a model. Eleven teams were formed: the Akron Pros, Canton Bulldogs, Cleveland Indians, Dayton Triangles, Decatur Staleys, Hammond Pros, Massillon Tigers, Muncie Flyers, Racine Cardinals, Rochester Jeffersons and Rock Island Independents.

1945 - Anna was 42 years old when on June 22nd, the Battle of Okinawa ended. A joint Army and Marine campaign, supported by the Navy, the Battle of Okinawa went on for 82 days. The last Japanese resistance on Okinawa was defeated. 4,907 Navy, 4,675 Army, and 2,938 Marine Corps personnel were killed in the battle on the US side. It is estimated that 110,071 on the Japanese side were killed - the estimate includes Okinawan citizens who were pressed into service and includes children. With the win of Okinawa, the United States gained an important base of operations in the Pacific.

1958 - She was 55 years old when on March 24th, Elvis Presley was inducted into the United States Army. Although he could have served in Special Services as an entertainer, he chose to become a regular soldier. Almost everyone thought it would be the end of his career - it wasn't.

1968 - In the year of Anna Lamantia's passing, on April 4th, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights leader, was shot and killed by an assassin in Memphis. James Earl Ray was apprehended and plead guilty to shooting Dr. King. Ray died in jail in 1998.


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Favorite actor: James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart.
Favorite Singers: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Jimmy Durante. Ann actually saw Jimmy Durante perform live in the vaudeville era of the 1920's and 30's.
Favorite Political Party: Lifelong Roosevelt Democrat
Aug 05, 2016 · Reply
Frequented Fay's Theater in Providence in the 1920's and saw famous actors perform live there including George M. Cohan, Al Jolson and others. Also recounted the thrill of seeing silent movies with Mary Pickford, and other great movies by D.W. Griffith. Recalled the World War 1 era in Providence and told me of seeing men drafted into the army right on the spot if they were not working. My Aunt also told me food riots in Providence on Federal Hill around 1918 or 1919. Survived the Spanish Flu epidemic but her father Cosimo Lamantia did not and died 3 days after getting the flu, in March 1919. Traveled to New York via train, once in the 1930's, once again in 1956 when I was 9 and once in 1960 when I was 13 where we stayed at either the Commodore hotel or the Abbot, I think it was the Abbot, and we saw many of the usual tourist sights. She also came with us to Boston in 1966 for a one day visit to see the Prudential center.
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Favorite Movie: "Come September with Rock Hudson and Gina Lollabrigida and Walter Slezak (1961).
Also liked the Cinerama special on the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, seen in Boston in 1957 or 8 and of course the great "Around the World in 80 Days" with David Niven.
"It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World" was seen in 1960 and another of her favorites.
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