Oral Histories

Nonnie goes through the Family Photo Album

2020-10-09T19:43:44+00:00October 9th, 2020|Categories: Life Stories, Oral Histories, Photo/Audio/Video|Tags: |

This might have been in 1990 or 1991 when Bill and Viola Nevy Orsinger, with their daughter Barbara and grand-daughter Kristin visited Nonnie at her home in Cumberland. Bill, who at the time was an avid videographer, videotaped the weekend visit. Part of the documentation was to hear Nonnie's stories and to get them on [...]

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Recording of Nonnie telling stories 1977

2020-09-15T19:02:31+00:00August 24th, 2020|Categories: Oral Histories, Photo/Audio/Video|Tags: , , , , , |

Recording made by Bill Orsinger. This recording starts off with Kristin Adolfson's (Barbara Orsinger Adolfson's daughter) first words (with Bill Orsinger, Barbara Adolfson and Viola Orsinger). Then is a recording of Nonnie, Nonno and others.

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The Fornovo (Nevy) Villa

2020-08-26T19:28:05+00:00August 21st, 2020|Categories: Nevi in Italy, Oral Histories|Tags: , |

The Nevy brothers bought the Fornovo Villa prior to the birth of Florence in 1923. During WW II Linda and Robert lived there with Catarena, Henry Nevy's second wife, and their son Robert. Robert was an American citizen caught there during the war so he hid there from the Germans in the attic. One time [...]

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Vitondale, Pennsylvania: Revisiting and Research

2020-08-26T19:58:35+00:00August 20th, 2020|Categories: Oral Histories|Tags: , , |

By Joan Lander July 26, 2001 At the instigation of my sister, Alex Lander, who is researching the early days of the Nevy's in America for a novel, Mom (Florence) and I drove with her to several Pennsylvania towns, including Colver, Ebensburg, Vintondale and Blairsville. But before we left Cumberland, we did some reconnaisance. After [...]

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Viola Nevy Orsinger Recounts Childhood Memories of Nonnie and Nonno

2020-08-28T19:31:08+00:00August 20th, 2020|Categories: Oral Histories|Tags: , , , , , |

Velma Grassi Ford who came to the reunion, is the sister of Mary Louise Michel who also attended with her husband. Their father was John Grassi and worked in the factory. He was a brother of Mary Nevy, David's wife and of Louise Pisaneski. They lived in South Cumberland. We used to have Mary Louise [...]

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Nonno’s Last Roadtrip

2020-08-20T19:49:25+00:00August 20th, 2020|Categories: Oral Histories|Tags: , |

I am certain that every grandchild of Ralph Nevy has fond memories of the driving excursions he used to take us on. Sometimes you would wonder if he remembered where in the world he was going as he navigated you through the gravel roads, hairpin turns and deep woods of the Allegheny Mountains surrounding Cumberland…but in [...]

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Memories of Nonnie and Nonno

2020-08-28T21:13:45+00:00August 20th, 2020|Categories: Oral Histories, Pearls|Tags: , , , |

One evening Nonno and I were sitting on the back porch after dinner. He was smoking one of those Parodis and I was smoking something else. We were talking about being in business and dealing with different types of people and we got around to what people say things behind your back. Nonno laughed and [...]

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Ralph Nevy Life Story

2020-09-28T16:47:48+00:00August 20th, 2020|Categories: Homepage Featured, Life Stories, Nevi in Italy, Oral Histories|Tags: , , , |

Born April 10, 1889 in Bergotto, Italy, died February 21, 1978 in Cumberland, Maryland. Transcribed from an audio tape made on July 5, 1967 in Arlington, Virginia, with Bill Orsinger. Bergotto: Well. I'm going to tell you my first impression in my life. I was about 6 years old and my father was going [...]

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