|Birth: ||Jun. 7, 1873|
Città Metropolitana di Palermo
|Death: ||May 6, 1927|
Meyersdale Republican: December 20, 1906
Meyersdale for years has enjoyed the distinction of having numbered among her varied business interests the most enterprising and progressive wholesale fruit establishment in Somerset county. He firm is known as the Damico Fruit Company, and is composed of two brothers – Gus Damico, president, and Charles Damico, secretary and treasurer. The firm occupy quarters in the Collins Block on Centre street, which they use as their retail salesroom and office, while the bulk of their stock is stored in several large warerooms located in various parts of town. Besides being hustlers of in their line, they are thoroughly versed in every detail that enters into the successful, proper and honorable conduct of their business, and have thus succeeded admirably in winning the confidence and esteem of their large army of patrons who appreciate their efforts to please. Fruits and vegetables in season are bought direct from the growers or large jobbers and shipped here in car lots, and in turn distributed in the retail trade in southern Somerset county, this state, as well as the northern portion of our southern neighbor, Garrett county, Maryland.
During their business existence here this firm has succeeded in building up and holding an admirable wholesale trade, and there certainly must be some advantages or inducements held out to the retail trade in order to make possible the giant business strides this well known firm has taken during the past few years. Local retailers prefer dealing with them for the very good reason that they can at all times secure more satisfactory goods in vastly better condition and at better prices than they can secure the same goods from jobbers in the eastern cities. Being trained and expert in their line the slightest defects in the fruits and vegetables are quickly discerned by them, and as quickly condemned, so that their chief pride lies in always supplying their customers with the best and choicest goods to be secured in any market in the world.
At their retail market the most exacting connoisseurs can at all times be supplied with the choicest the markets affords. To the average winter-ridden mortal it is refreshing, if not comforting and consoling, to pass by their market when mercury is hovering close to the zero mark and the wind is blowing a gale, to feast one’s eyes upon plumb and luscious cucumbers and tomatoes fresh from the vine, together with radishes, onions, lettuce, etc. It serves to bring back very forcibly sweet and tender recollections of the “good old summer time.”
The Damico Brothers are classed among our most respected, thrifty citizens, and evince unusual interest in the welfare and progress of their adopted town, and they have many friends who note with genuine pleasure their substantial business prosperity. Each owns a home nicely situated, and adjoining each other, on Salisbury street, at its intersection with Meyers Avenue extension, which is one of this city’s most desirable residence portions. Both are genial, affable gentlemen, courteous and upright in all their business transactions. More power to them.
Meyersdale Republican: June 23rd, 1910
BUSINESS CHANGES HANDS.
CHARLES D'AMICO Buys Fruit and Confectionery Store of Lui Dondero
Charles D'Amico, who recently retired from the D'Amico Fruit Company, now solely owned and managed by his brother, Gus D'Amico, has purchased the fruit and confectionery business of Lui Dondero and will take possession about July 10, until which date accounts owing to or any claims against Mr. Dondero will be taken care of by him. Mr. D'Amico will be responsible for all claims accruing after July 10. Mr. Dondero will return to Italy after settling up his affairs here. He has built up a nice trade at his present stand, enjoys enviable reputation for square-dealing and will have in Mr. D'Amico a worthy successor.
CHAS. D'AMICO, Progressive Fruit Dealer
Meyersdale boasts a number of fine, progressive business houses, but none that is more entitled to the name than the wholesale and retail fruit and produce business owned and conducted by Charles D'Amico.
To a person unfamiliar with this line of business, it would prove a surprise to learn the extent of the business transacted. An idea of it may be gained when it is known that Charles Damico, probably with one exception, pays more money to the local railroads for freight than any other business house in Meyersdale. He buys bananas by the carload, direct from the big banana shippers, most of his stock reaching this borough from the Baltimore wharves. A carload of bananas lasts his trade about ten days.
Mr. Damico makes a specialty of having the earliest and daintiest fruits and vegetables on the market, including everything from pineapples to asparagus. When the peach season is on, he frequently makes a trip to West Virginia's peach district, buys the crop of an entire orchard and ships them here for his Meyersdale costumers.
His retail business is extensive and requires the services of three clerks, while Mr. Damico devotes his entire time and attention to his large and growing patronage. The wholesale end of his business is continually growing and two auto trucks are required to make prompt deliveries to the trade in many of the nearby towns.
The headquarters of the firm are centrally located in the heart of the business district of Meyersdale, and Charles Damico's is one of the most popular markets in the city, he having established a reputation for fair dealing and reliability that is appreciated by all who know him.
Mr. Damico is no stranger to Meyersdale, having been in business in this district for the past fifteen years. He was the first man to introduce to the housewives of this vicinity a modern fruit market. For three years prior to coming to this borough, he was located at Frostburg, Md., and well remembers the first trip he made over here with a load of fruit for Habel & Phillips. He says he had to stop at about every farm house and ask the way to Meyersdale, as he had but little idea of where it was or how to get there.
Since making his home in this borough, Charles Damico has proved one of Meyersdale's most progressive and far-seeing business men. He has purchased several pieces of valuable real estate and made many improvements. His word is as good as his bond, and he has a happy faculty for making friends, and is never backward in assisting any move made to help develop this borough and surrounding country.
Meyersdale Republican – May 19, 1927
Meyersdale lost one of its best citizens when Charles D'Amico passed away in the early morning of May 6th. He lived just about as long as his elder brother, Augostino, who died two years and three months ago. Had Charles lived until June 7th next, he would have been 54 years of age.
Mr. D'Amico was born at Termini Imerese, Island of Sicily, a seaport about 25 miles from the city of Palmero. He was christened Diego (James) but after coming to this country his friends learned to know him as "Charley" and eventually he adopted Charles as his name.
For several years during his boyhood he led a seafaring life on vessels engaged in coastal commerce in the Mediterranean. At the age of 19 he came to America, his brother "Gus" having preceded him to this country. During the first few years in the United States he wandered from city to city, having lived and worked at various times in Cincinnati, Chattanooga, Baltimore and eventually in Lonaconing and Frostburg, Md., and finally in Meyersdale.
He first came to Meyersdale in 1899 while working for a fruit wholesaler in Frostburg, and a few years later located here in partnership with his brother, in the wholesale and retail fruit and produce business. About 1910 he and his brother dissolved their partnership and both continued in the same line of business, as friendly rivals, until the end of their days. Both prospered and became substantial citizens of the town.
Besides doing a large business as retailer and jobber of fruits and vegetables and other lines of produce, Charles D'Amico made good investments in real estate. Among the proprieties he acquired was the fine residence on Broadway where he lived the last years of his life; also the New two-story brick and artificial stone building in which the Meyersdale post office has been located for the last three years; the buildings in which the Meyers Market and the Dahl Bros' pool-room and bowling alley are located, and several warehouses.
He took out American citizenship papers years ago and was a public spirited, loyal and patriotic citizen. He was a devoted husband and father and has left a fine family.
He is survived by his wife and the following named children: Philip, Frances, Frederick, Joana, Jeroma, Rosa, Anthony, Anna Mary, Rita and Cecelia. Mrs. D'Amico is the executor of his estate and with the assistance of her sons, Philip and Frederick, and the older daughters, will continue the business, Mr. D'Amico successfully founded.
Mr. D'Amico was in robust health until about a year ago when his heart and arteries ceased to function properly, but he kept at work until he collapsed in his place of business a few weeks before his death. He was on the street the day before he passed away.
He was a communicant and loyal member of the Roman Catholic Church, a member of the Sons of Italy, the Modern Woodmen of America and of the Chamber of Commerce.
His funeral, on Monday, May 9 th, was largely attended and the floral tributes to him were among the most beautiful and profuse ever seen at a funeral in Meyersdale. The requiem mass was for him was celebrated by his pastor, the Very Rev. Father J. J. Brady. His body was laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery, where the local lodges of the Sons of Italy and of the Modern Woodmen performed their rites in memory of their deceased brother.
Resolutions of Respect
Whereas, by the recent death of Charles Damico, the Meyersdale Chamber of Commerce has lost a faithful and loyal member; the Borough of Meyersdale, a useful, upright and public-spirited citizen, and his family a kind and loving husband and father.
Resolved, That the sympathy of this organization be extended to the bereaved wife and children, and that a copy of this resolution be transmitted to the bereaved family, and also be spread on the minutes of this organization.
Daily Courier – Connellsville, PA – May 7, 1927
MEYERSDALE, May 7. – Charles Damico, one of the best known citizens of Meyersdale, died at his home in Broadway Friday. Several weeks ago Mr. Damico suffered a severe heart attack at his store in Center street and for several days was in a serious condition, but improved so much that he was able to be about his home. On Wednesday he took a short walk but Thursday his condition became worse.
Mr. Damico is survived by his wife and 10 children, all at home. Mr. Damico conducted a wholesale and retail produce business.
The funeral will be held Monday morning, with high mass of requiem in SS. Philip and James Catholic Church of which he was a very faithful member. Mr. Damico’s only brother, Gus Damico, who was also well known, died three years ago.
Josephine Lombardo D'Amico (1842 - 1918)
Anna A. Arena D'Amico (1880 - 1954)
Philip D'Amico (1902 - 1902)*
Philip Samuel D'Amico (1904 - 1990)*
Frances Josephine D'Amico (1905 - 1984)*
Frederick Francis D'Amico (1907 - 1957)*
Joan Marie D'Amico Keating (1908 - 2001)*
Jeroma Barbara D'Amico Foy (1910 - 1989)*
Rose E. D'Amico Weber (1912 - 1997)*
Anthony Augustus D'Amico (1914 - 2001)*
Anna Mary D'Amico Serluco (1915 - 1976)*
Rita Veronica D'Amico Huth (1918 - 2007)*
Cecelia Assunta D'Amico Mahone (1923 - 2000)*
Agostino D'Amico (1865 - 1865)*
Agostino F.P. D'Amico (1869 - 1925)*
Diego F. D'Amico (1873 - 1927)
Francesco D'Amico (1878 - 1896)*
Saints Philip and James Cemetery
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Record added: Feb 09, 2013
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