Judging by his success in business and also in politics, Salvatore Pellettieri may safely be declared
one of the highly popular citizens of Utica. He is a man of large experience, an extensive traveler and he possesses
practical knowledge of human nature. He is of a genial and accommodating disposition and financially has assisted
many promising young men by starting them in business. He was born at Laurenzana, Baselicato, Italy, March 3, 1858,
a son of Rocco V. Pellettieri. In 1867 he came to Utica, New York, and for several years gained his livelihood
as a street musician. He then spent five years in company with a brother in an orchestra on Ohio and Mississippi
river steamers, in the course of which time he made many interesting observations and became well acquainted with
the manners and customs of the best class of American people. He traveled for some time through various parts of
the country as member of Lake Brothers Minstrel Troupe of Little Falls, New York, and then returned to Italy and
served the regular term of enlistment in the Seventh Bersaglira at the City of Palermo, Sicily. He was also for
eighteen months a member of the royal police at Aderno, Province of Catania, Italy. Finding that conditions were
not as favorable for financial advancement in the old country as in America, he returned to Utica and for about
five years was employed in a furniture factory. In 1886 he opened a commission house and grocery on Kossuth avenue,
which he managed very successfully. This business he disposed of to his nephews in 1900 and it is now conducted
under the title of R. Perretta & Company. After spending three years in the liquor business at 3133 Bleecker
Street, Mr. Pellettieri bought an interest in the Star Theater, which he conducted about two years. He next opened
a furniture store at 425 Bleecker street and on the 1st of September, 1908, he moved the furniture business to
536 Bleecker street where he makes use of a three story building known as the Pellettieri Block, all of which is
occupied by his business, consisting of a complete line of household furniture.
In 1887 Mr. Pellettieri was married to Miss Mary A Jones, a native of Newton, Wales, who died in 1904. Her body
reposes in St. Agnes cemetery, Utica. Mr. Pellettieri has been for many years prominent in fraternal and beneficiary
organizations. He was a charter member of the Eagles at Utica. charter member, organizer and first president for
two years of the Progressive Aid Society, incorporator and first president of the Family Aid Society and also organizer,
incorporator and first president of the Laurenzana Aid Society, membership of which is limited to natives of Laurenzana,
Italy. He is also a charter member of the Corn Hill Benefit Association.
In politics Mr. Pellettieri takes a lively interest He has served as member of the Republican National League and
as delegate to various party conventions. In 1905 he was a candidate for alderman from the fifth ward but was defeated.
However, he is not a man to yield to obstacles and he was elected alderman in 1907, serving with general acceptance
to the people, on the committees of public buildings, fire and police departments and bridges. It is said that
he is the first Italian born citizen that has been elected alderman in New York state. Mr. Pellettieri has been
successful in business and now enjoys the results of many years of energetic application, in the course of which
he was able to be of practical aid to his countrymen and also to enhance his own reputation as a public spirited
and progressive citizen. He was reared in the folds of the Catholic church but is recognized as tolerant and liberal
in views and contributions to other churches and is a member of Mount Carmel church.
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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