AS RECORDED IN:
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF
TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES CONNECTICUT.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT AND
REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS AND OF MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLED FAMILIES
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903 P. 1097
The Dondero Family is of Italian origin, and is of the very highest
respectability, of broad intelligence, and the utmost refinement, which does
credit to any community, and finds its place among the best elements of any town
where it might be represented.
Dondero, who died in Willimantic Aug. 12, 1890, was a thrifty and enterprising
fruit dealer, thoroughly American, and of a most liberal and progressive
character. His death was practically
at the beginning of his business career, yet he had made a substantial start
towards the accumulation of a competence. He
was born in the village of Cornia, in the province of Genoa, in December, 1855,
of poor but respectable parents. When
seventeen years old he came to the United States with but little more than his
passage money, and for a time lived in Boston, where he was married to Miss
Pascolina Bacigalupo, who was born near Genoa, and came to this country when a
girl of seventeen. She landed in New
York, bur soon went to Boston, where she had friends. The
young couple settled in Boston, and the husband with his modest savings was able
soon to go into the fruit and ice cream business at Milford, Mass.
In 1879 he located in Willimantic, at the southwest corner of Railway and
Main Streets, where he began the fruit business which he followed until his
death. This ended a career that was
displaying much more than the usual business ability, and which had already
resulted in the accumulation of a considerable competence.
After his death the widow continued the business for nine years, when the
oldest son took charge. Mrs. Dondero
is a shrewd business woman, and the responsibilities she assumed upon the death
of her husband, were ably met, her management of her business winning the
commendation of all who were familiar with the facts in the case.
and Mrs. Dondero were the parents of the following children:
(1) Rosina M., born in Boston, graduated from the Willimantic High
School, and from the Boston Art Museum in 1898.
She is now teaching drawing, painting and china decorating in Boston, and
is a most accomplished young woman. (2)
John Charles, born in Milford, Mass., was graduated, in 1895, from the
Willimantic High School, and is now conducting the business which his father
established. (3) Louis Nelson, born
in Willimantic, was a member of the high school class of 1899 until within four
weeks of its graduation, when he took a business course, and is now living at
home. (4) Charles John, born in
Willimantic, attended the high school three years, and then took a course in a
business college. (5) Esther, born
in Willimantic, died at the age of three years and seven months.
(6) Esther Florine is at
home. Mr. Dondero had purchased the
southwest corner of North and Spring streets, and greatly improved the property
and since his death Mrs. Dondero has bought other property and built three good
houses on Valley Street opposite the Normal School.
Dondero was a kind-hearted and liberal man, taking much interest in his family,
and his desire that his children should have a good education has been fulfilled
by the widow. In the community he
had many friends, and was highly regarded by all who knew him.
His name is remembered as that of an honorable, upright and intelligent
gentleman, and as a business man of approved integrity and honor.
D. Pingel – great-great granddaughter of Cyrus White of Rockville, Ct.
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