Biography of Nicola Gallo
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NICOLA GALLO - The life story of Nicola Gallo, which began in "Sunny Italy" more than half a century ago, is one of absorbing interest, and while it contains no thrills for the reader, it reveals a man of earnest purpose, industrious and energetic, who, always ambitious, won success through his own indomitable will, courage and ability. He has won his way to deserved success as a business man, and in Binghamton his standing is high. That he has not lived selfishly or used his position to oppress or exploit his less fortunate countrymen is shown from the honor conferred upon him in 1922 by King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy, who, in recognition of his devotion to the interests of the people of his race in the Binghamton district and for his ardent cooperation in the sale of Italian bonds during the war with Germany, conferred upon Nicola Gallo the grade of "Cavaliere of the Order of the Crown of Italy." This is an honor not lightly conferred, and carries with it the right to use the prefix, "Sir."

Nicola Gallo, son of Michael and Frances (Acetta) Gallo, was born in Padula, in Salerno, Italy, and there spent the first seventeen years of his life, obtaining a grammar school education. He came to New York City in 1887, and spent four months of hardship in that city before joining a party being sent out to work in a quarry at Sandy Hill, near Glens Falls, New York. There he remained two years learning the stonecutter's trade, later going to Elizabeth, New Jersey, where he finished his apprenticeship and became an expert mechanic. On June 5, 1897, he came to Binghamton with Frank Carlucci, the contractor on the new Broome county Court House then building, and was engaged as a stonecutter on that building until its completion. He remained in Binghamton and continued at his trade until finally he entered business life as a fruit and candy dealer, his place of business in the Moon block, on Chenango street, just south of Lewis street; that was in 1899. He prospered at his new venture, and in 1905 he opened a grocery store and added wholesale dealing to his business. Then he was led to add a banking department, his patrons bringing him their savings to send to Italy for them. This led to the purchase of steamship tickets and a foreign exchange business done mostly to help and accomodate his Italian friends. Finally it took on the dignity of a real business and in 1912 he opened the private banking offices and store at No. 103 Henry street, Binghamton, which he yet occupies.

While still in the Moon block store, Mr. Gallo formed the first lodge of the organization of the Sons of Italy in this section of New York. That lodge, Principe del Piemonte, elected him its president, and for fourteen years he held that honor. He is also a member of Binghamton Lodge, NO. 852, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, he being one of the organizers of that Italian congregation and now a trustee and church treasurer. During the World War he not only subscribed as liberally as his means would allow to the bonds issued by Italy, but he sold them Ain large quantities to his countrymen throughout Southern New York and Northern Pennsylvania. He spoke at the gatherings of Italians and aided many who returned to Italy to enlist in the army.

Mr. Gallo married Rediganta Arrigoni, whose parents came from Northern Italy to Scranton about 1876, her father the first Italian to settle in Scranton, Pennsylvania. For years Mr. and Mrs. Gallo resided near their place of business on Henry street, but are now residing in apartments in a large Tenth Ward apartment house. Mr. Gallo can review his life in the United States with satisfaction, for in the face of a prosperous private bank, and his store, it is patent that, to use a little slang, he has "made good."

From:
Binghamton and Broome County
New York
Editor in chief: William Foote Seward
Libarian for the Binghamton Public Libraey
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York and Chicago, 1924


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