The R. F. Welch (Veltri) Company

October 1, 2012|
The R. F. Welch (Veltri) Company by John Potestio
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The R. F. Welch (Veltri) Company, founded in the 1890s by Vincenzo and Giovanni Veltri, two immigrants from Calabria, Italy, had a modest and unlikely beginning.  In the ensuing decades, the railway construction company grew thanks to the untiring efforts of the two brothers who sought employment for their largely immigrant crews, most of them Italian, in the United States and Canada. After a period of decline during the Great Depression and World War Two, the company, now under the management of Ralph Welch (Veltri), entered into an agreement with the Canadian Government and the Canadian National Railways to hire immigrant workers in Italy and Portugal to work on the CNR maintenance gangs. Starting in 1951, the thousands of immigrants who obtained a Welch contract would subsequently settle in various communities right across Canada. Hundreds of Italians (and, to a lesser extent, Portuguese) in cities such as Thunder Bay, Winnipeg and Edmonton credit their settlement in Canada to a company that was started, nourished and expanded by immigrant people. The story of the Welch Company represents an important chapter in the history of Italian Canadians.


John Potestio is a retired teacher in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He is also a well-known author,  most recently, of The Italians of Thunder Bay (2005) published by the Institute of Italian Studies - Lakehead University. 
Title:The R. F. Welch (Veltri) Company
Product dimensions:126 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:126 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.68 in
Published:October 1, 2012
Publisher:Institute of Italian Studies – Lakehead University
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780973804225

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