Honesty, promptness and a sincere desire to meet the wants of the public have been prominent factors leading
to the success of Vincenzo Marrone as a business man For more than twenty years he has been a resident of
Utica and is now engaged in business as a banker, customhouse broker, commission merchant, real estate, insurance
and steamship agent, under the firm name of V. Marrone & Company. He is widely and favorably known in New York
and other states.
A native of Italy, Mr. Marron was born in Missanello, in the province of Potenza, July 10, 1867, and was reared
and educated in his native land At the age of twenty years he entered the Italian army, being enrolled in the Seventeenth
Regiment of Cavalry, but was not compelled to serve his full term, as any soldier who is bright, clean and has
a good record shortens therewith the term of his enlistment. In 1889 Mr. Marrone came to America and four months
later settled at Utica, where he engaged in the grocery and exchange business. Later he became a contractor in
the construction of canals and railroads, and as he understands human nature and possesses in an enviable degree
the ability to manage men, he was very successful. On the 1st of January, 1893, he became associated with Rocco
Lofaro, under the title of Marrone & Lofaro, in the importation of olives, fish, wines and other commodities
from Europe and the orient, with headquarters at Utica. The business grew rapidly, the importations soon amounting
to about a half million dollars annually. The name of the firm became well known all over America, as its representatives
visited all parts of the country, going as far west as the Pacific coast and north into Canada and British Columbia.
The firm also conducted a large banking and foreign exchange business, its reputation being scarcely excelled by
any other in similar lines in the interior cities of America. In May, 1911, however, Mr. Lofaro purchased Mr. Marrone's
interest in the business and the latter has since carried on operations as above stated. He is a licensed customhouse
broker and the application of the most approved methods in all of his dealings has gained for him the perfect confidence
not only of his own countrymen but of the best citizens of all nationalities.
A short time before leaving Italy for America Mr Marrone was married to Miss Filomena Conte and they have become
the parents of six children, namely, Joseph M., Maria Carmela, Angela, Rocco, V. Michael and Rose. Fraternally
Mr. Marrone is identified with the Masonic order, being a member of Oriental Lodge, No. 224, F. & A. M.; Oneida
Chapter, No. 57, R. A. M.; Utica Commandery, No. 3, K. T.; Ziyara Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S.; and the Consistory
of Syracuse. He is a stanch supporter of the republican party and it was largely through his influence with the
national administration that Utica was made a port of entry. He is prominent in the councils of the party in Oneida
county and is a warm personal friend of Vice President Sherman and many other republican leaders. He is now serving
as a member of the committee for the Utica Red Cross Endowment Fund, under appointment by President Taft.
Although a resident of Utica, his home province of Potenza made him treasurer, which office he filled from 1898
to 1903. This is considered a great honor to one of his countrymen. On the 5th of June, 1905, the Italian consul,
General Commentatore Giovanni Branchi, appointed him delegate consul of the kingdom of Italy. This honor came to
him entirely unsolicited by the request of the consul general and most ably did he fill the position until a regular
consulate was established at Albany for the purpose of having an Italian representative at the capital of the state.
It is a well known fact that since 1893 Mr. Marrone has created a complete republican vote for the Italian people
of Utica. During the period of his residence in Utica he was elected president of the Societa Progresso ed Aiuto
di Mutuo Soccorso of Utica for the year of 1894. He is also a charter member of the Societa Missanellese di Mutuo
Soccorso of Utica and served continuously as president from 1905 to 1909 inclusive; was also entrusted and acted
as custodian of the social funds; served as treasurer from 1895 to 1898 of the Societa Capi di Famiglia; served
as treasurer of the earthquake committee for the relief of the sufferers of Calabria and Sicilia in the years 1908
and 1909; and is honorary president Ad Vitam of the Union and Benevolent Society of New York city.
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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