Skip to main content

Baldo, Charles A. (Charles Agustine), 1925-2004

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1925 - 2004

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Charles A. Baldo, 1984 July 18

 Series — Box: 4, Tape: 88
Accession: 1970-370
Scope and Content:

Interviewer: Dorothy Johnson in Wilmington, Delaware

Charles A. Baldo describes the company house rented for $3.50/month in Walker's Banks in which his grandfather, Giacomo ("Jockamo") Baldo (b. 1885), a powder mill worker, and his wife, Mathilda de Loretto Baldo, lived. The Baldos were immigrants from Rome, Italy, and they never learned English, but had congenial relationships with their neighbors. Baldo describes the garden and its herbs and vegetables in detail, as well as the layout of the house, including the shed and outhouse outside, the coal and wood burning stove, and the dirt floors in the cellar. Baldo describes his childhood visiting his parents, including sledding and playing ball and tag with other kids at the mill and swimming and fishing in the Brandywine. He details the daily life of workers and their families during the twentieth century.

Dates: 1984 July 18

Charles A. Baldo, 1984 July 18

 Series — Box: 4, Tape: 89
Accession: 1970-370
Scope and Content:

Interviewer: Dorothy Johnson in Wilmington, Delaware

Charles A. Baldo continues description of his grandparents' company house in Walker's Banks. This second part of the interview covers Brandywine floods, home remedies for illnesses, camaraderie among the neighbors, and various organizations that his grandparents belonged to, including the Sons of Italy, baseball teams, and St. Joseph's Church. Baldo also discusses his father, who was a chemist at the Experimental Station.

Dates: 1984 July 18