Diego Francesco DAmico (1873 - 1927)



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Meyersdale Republican: May 6, 1915 - p. 8


Charles Damico's Manner of Showing His Interest in and Loyalty to Meyersdale

Charles Damico was host at an elaborate supper given Monday evening at his home to celebrate his recent investment in gilt-edge real estate. Within 48 hours after he purchased the Stein property on Main street he was offered a bonus of $2000 for his gargain. He declined it as he purchased for a permanent investment.

Mr. Damico has prospered since engaging in business in Meyersdale. He has made many friends here and considers this as good a place as any in the country in which to live and bring up his children. "I have made up my mind to live here as long as I can. If the town dies, I'll die with it. I'm here to stay, no matter what others may do. If I can not make a living here, I'll stick just the same and starve if necessary. I am all for Meyersdale and intend to do all I can to keep it on the map," is the way Mr. Damico expresses himself, and his sincerity cannot be questioned. If some of our native citizens would show the same degree of loyalty to the town and be as energetic as this foreign born citizen, we would soon have a better and bigger town.

Mr. Damico's guests included the following gentlemen: Rev. J.J. Brady, John Stein, Sr., W.H. Habel, F.A. Bittner, T.E. McKenzie, S.F. Smith, W.L. Dahl, R.F. Mason, H.E. Bauman, J.H. Bowman, Jacob Wasmuth, Thomas Downie and Santo Lucente.

The supper was sumptuous and excellently served, the genial host being assisted in looking after the comfort and satiety of his guests, by Mrs. Damico, while their talented little daughter, Frances, helped in entertaining by playing several beautiful selections on the piano.

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in Termini Imerese, Provincia di Palermo County, Sicilia Italy


on in Meyersdale, Somerset County, Pennsylvania United States

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Mother: Josephine D'Amico
Father: Philip D'Amico

Partner: Anna (Arena) D'Amico
Children with Anna: Jeroma Barbara (D'Amico) Foy and Frances J. D'Amico


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1873 - In the year that Diego Francesco DAmico was born, on February 12th, The Coinage Act of 1873 was signed by President Ulysses S. Grant. It went into effect on April 1st and ended the use of gold and silver in the U.S. for currency - placing the country on the gold standard. The Act wasn't popular with everyone.

1878 - He was merely 5 years old when on June 15th, photographer Eadweard Muybridge - at the request of Leland Stanford - produced the first sequence of stop-motion still photographs. Stanford contended that a galloping horse had all four feet off the ground. Only photos of a horse at a gallop would settle the question and, using 12 cameras and a series of photos, Muybridge settled the question: Stanford was right. Muybridge's use of several cameras and stills led to motion pictures.

1893 - When he was 20 years old, a songbook, called Song Stories for the Kindergarten, was published by sisters Patty and Mildred Hill. One of the songs included in the book was "Good Morning to All" - later the lyrics were changed and it became "Happy Birthday to You".

1925 - Diego was 52 years old when on November 28th, radio station WSM broadcast the Grand Ole Opry for the first time. Originally airing as “The WSM Barn Dance”, the Opry (a local term for "opera") was dedicated to honoring country music and in its history has featured the biggest stars and acts in country music.

1927 - In the year of Diego Francesco DAmico's passing, the first "talkie" (a movie with music, songs, and talking), The Jazz Singer, was released. Al Jolson starred as a cantor's son who instead of following in his father's footsteps as expected, becomes a singer of popular songs. Banished by his father, they reconcile on his father's deathbed. It was a tear-jerker and audiences went wild - especially when they heard the songs. Thus begun the demise of silent films and the rise of "talkies".

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Diego Francesco DAmico, father to 2 children, died on May 6, 1927 in Meyersdale, Pennsylvania at 53 years old. There is no listed cause of death for Diego. He was buried in Iowa. Diego was born on June 7, 1873 in Termini Imerese, Sicilia Italy. He was born to Josephine D'Amico and Philip D'Amico, and we currently have no other siblings in his family tree. Diego's partner was Anna Arena. and they gave birth to Jeroma Barbara (D'Amico) Foy and Frances J. D'Amico.


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