The merchant tailoring and men's furnishing business is ably represented in Utica by Joseph Centolella
who for sixteen years has made his home in this City and through his gentlemanly address and thorough buisness
qualifications has gained a lucrative patronage and also a host of friends. He was born at Controne, Italy, April
15, 1880, a son of Louis Centolella, who came to America in 1896 and located at Utica. He now conducts a grocery
on Elizabeth Street in this city.
Joseph Centolella received his preliminary education in the schools of his native city. In 1895, being then fifteen
years of age, he crossed the ocean to the new world, having decided to cast his lot with the American republic.
He selected Utica as his home and found employment with the clothing firm of Uirsh & Fitch. After two years
he retired from this position and became connected with M. Shiman & Company, manufacturing tailors, with whom
he was identified for seven years. In 1904 he established himself in business on his own account and is now at
the head of one of the flourishing houses of the city. He owes his success largely to his honorable ambition to
win a creditable name and also to his intimate knowledge of the wants of his patrons.
On September 8, 1904, Mr. Centolella was married in this city to Miss Angelina Perretta, a sister of Rocco Perretta,
record of whom appears elsewhere in this work. They have become the parents of three children: Ernest, who was
born in 1906; Louis; and Victor. The family resides at No. 1471/2 Elizabeth street and Mr. Centolella owns this
property, being also the owner of considerable Utica real estate. He is active in promoting the cause of the republican
party and has served as delegate to various political conventions at Utica and elsewhere. Possessing strong social
tendencies, he holds membership in Garibaldi Lodge, No. 542, A. F. & A. M., the Knights of Pythias, the Masonic
Craftsman's Club, the Sons of Columbus Club and the Laurenzana Society. He has found in his wife a sympathetic
and helpful companion whose encouragement has been to him a constant inspiration. She is an active worker in church,
charity and Italian women's affairs. Mr. Centolella is a modern business man of remarkably good taste and judgment
and is noted among his friends and acquaintances for his genial temperament and his spirit of help. fulness.
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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