Courage and self confidence accomplish wonders, especially when their possessor is endowed with ability and
cool judgment. All of these qualities are prominent characteristics of Rocco Perretta, a well known business
man of Utica, with offices at No. 46-48 Kossuth avenue. Born in Italy, September 15, 1876, he secured his preliminary
education in his native land. At the age of fourteen he came to America alone and secured employment in the cotton
mills at Utica where he continued for three years. He then went to New York city but two years later returned to
Utica and served for five years as clerk in the business establishment of S. Pellettieri. Early in 1900 he associated
with his brother, John Perretta, who previously had returned to Italy and served three years in the Italian army,
and they purchased the business of Mr. Pellettieri. The firm is known as K. Perretta & Company and is engaged
extensively in the commission business, dealing in olive oil, cheese, fancy groceries, provisions, and paying special
attention to importing goods of the finest quality. The brothers also act as private bankers and steamship agents.
Mr. Perretta married Miss Antonietta Vittucci, of Utica, and they are the parents of three children: Josephine,
who was born October 5, 1901; Vito, born December 13, 1903; and Rocchettella, born July 5, 1908. Mr. Perretta is
a member of the Utica Chamber of Commerce and the United Commercial Travelers. He is a prominent worker in the
Masonic order, being a member of Garibaldi Lodge, No. 542, A. F. & A. M., Utica Chapter, R. A. M.; Utica Cornmandery,
No. 3, K. T.; Ziyara Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S. In addition to the organizations named he is a member of the Laureuzana
Society of which he was president three years, resigthng in 1909; the Corn Hill Benefit Society; and the Sons of
Columbus Club. His politics is indicated by membership in the Republican Club. He takes an active part in elections
but has never been an office seeker, having always refused to permit his name to be presented for any public office.
By his gentlemanly address and his honorable business methods he has gained many friends of all nationalities and
political and religious beliefs and is a constantly growing force in the community. His family are consistent members
of the Mount Carmel Roman Catholic 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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