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Diego F. "Charles" D'Amico
Birth: Jun. 7, 1873
Termini Imerese
Città Metropolitana di Palermo
Sicilia, Italy
Death: May 6, 1927
Somerset County
Pennsylvania, USA

Meyersdale Republican: October 29, 1903 - p. 1

Firms Consolidates

The well known fruit firms of Lui Dondero, who has conducted a retail fruit store in this city for several years, and the Damico Fruit company, wholesale dealers in the same line of goods have consolidated their interests. They will still continue the two places of business and will wholesale and retail as in the past. The officers of the new company are: Gus. Damico, president; Lui Dondero, vice-president; Charles Damico, treasurer; Julius Spinetta, secretary. The new firm will take the name of the Damico Fruit company, and as the gentlemen interested are all hustlers they should make a success, as both of the old firms have been very successful.


Meyersdale Republican: Thurs., June 22, 1905

Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Damico, on Thursday, June 15, 1905, a daughter. Fruit has been going at a reckless rate this week, on account of the proud father's liberality over the event.

Meyersdale Republican: December 20 & 27, 1906 - p. 7

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 9, 1910 - p. 5


Charles Retires From Old Firm and Will Engage in Fruit Business for Himself

As will be noted in another column, the partnership heretofore existing between the Damico brothers, Gus and Charles, under the title of the Damico Fruit Company, has been dissolved, Charles Damico retiring, while his brother will continue the business at the old stand. Charles Damico, after a brief rest, intends to embark in the wholesale and retail fruit business on his own account in Meyersdale. He feels run down in health and needs a good rest, but thinks he will be ready for business again after the Fourth of July. The Damicos have built up a fine trade in Meyersdale and enjoy an enviable reputation for fair dealing. The younger brother's many friends will be glad to know that he does not intend to leave Meyersdale, but that he will again engage in business here. Mr. Damico came to America from Sicily in the fall of 1892. In the following year he went into business at Chattanooga, Tenn., and has since conducted fruit stores in Huntington and Parkersburg, W.Va.; Harrisburg, Pa.; Baltimore, Frostburg and Lonaconing, Md., and has now been located in Meyersdale for eight years. He has excellent testimonials from business men in various places where he has been located, all testifying to his integrity and fair dealing. His genial and friendly disposition make him well liked personally, and when he starts in business again on his own account, he will doubtless be favored with a good share of the trade.

Meyersdale Republican: Jun. 16, 1910 - p. 2


Notice is hereby given that the partnership heretofore subsisting between Gus Damico and Charles Damico, under the firm name of THE DAMICO FRUIT COMPANY, was dissolved on the 7th day of June, 1910, by mutual consent. All debts owing to said partnership are receivable by said Gus Damico, to whom also all claims and demands against the same are to be presented for payment. The said business being continued under the same name by Gus Damico.



Meyersdale Republican: June 23rd, 1910

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.


Meyersdale Republican: Aug. 10. 1911 - p. 2


Notice is hereby given that the firm composed of Charles F. Damico and Louis Dondero, and doing business as Meyersdale Produce Company, has this day been dissolved by mutual consent, Louis Dondero retiring from the firm. Settlement for all outstanding accounts due the firm to be paid to Charles F. Damico.

Louis Dondero
Chas. DAmico

Meyersdale, Pa., July 20, 1911


Meyersdale Republican: Dec. 21, 1911 - p. 4

Charles Damico has his widows trimmed in holly and fruit, candy, oranges and all kinds of green goods.


Meyersdale Republican: Mar. 27, 1913 - p. 5

Charles Damico, proprietor of the Meyersdale Produce Co., has opened a branch of his business in Somerset, under the name of Somerset Produce Co. Gus Damico was running a branch of the Damico Fruit Co., at Somerset for a while, but gave it up recently, which left an opening which his brother was quick tot advantage of. The Damico Bros. are leaders in the fruit trade in Somerset county. The handle immense quantities of fruit and produce and are withal very agreeable and honorable men to do business with.


Meyersdale Republican: May 6, 1915 - p. 8


Charles Damico's Manner of Showing His Interest in and Loyalty to Meyersdale

Charles Damico was host at an elaborate supper given Monday evening at his home to celebrate his recent investment in gilt-edge real estate. Within 48 hours after he purchased the Stein property on Main street he was offered a bonus of $2000 for his gargain. He declined it as he purchased for a permanent investment.

Mr. Damico has prospered since engaging in business in Meyersdale. He has made many friends here and considers this as good a place as any in the country in which to live and bring up his children. "I have made up my mind to live here as long as I can. If the town dies, I'll die with it. I'm here to stay, no matter what others may do. If I can not make a living here, I'll stick just the same and starve if necessary. I am all for Meyersdale and intend to do all I can to keep it on the map," is the way Mr. Damico expresses himself, and his sincerity cannot be questioned. If some of our native citizens would show the same degree of loyalty to the town and be as energetic as this foreign born citizen, we would soon have a better and bigger town.

Mr. Damico's guests included the following gentlemen: Rev. J.J. Brady, John Stein, Sr., W.H. Habel, F.A. Bittner, T.E. McKenzie, S.F. Smith, W.L. Dahl, R.F. Mason, H.E. Bauman, J.H. Bowman, Jacob Wasmuth, Thomas Downie and Santo Lucente.

The supper was sumptuous and excellently served, the genial host being assisted in looking after the comfort and satiety of his guests, by Mrs. Damico, while their talented little daughter, Frances, helped in entertaining by playing several beautiful selections on the piano.


Meyersdale Republican: October 19, 1916 - p. 5

Charles Damico, wife and children motored to Frostburg last Sunday and spent the day visiting friends.


Meyersdale Republican: November 8, 1917 - p. 9

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: June 5, 1919 - p. 1

Charles Damico, who recently purchased the three-story Glessner building, on Center street, in which J.W. Mallery's hardware store is located, is making extensive repairs and is converting the two upper floors into apartments. Mr. Damico is showing his faith in the future of Meyersdale by investing all of his surplus capital in centrally located real estate. He is the owner of several fine properties that he has purchased in the last few years.


Meyersdale Republican: Jan. 1, 1920 - p. 1

Charles Damico, who is an American citizen from choice, not by mere accident of birth, has shown his friendship for the boys from home who served in the World War, by issuing Service Flag calendar, containing the names of all of the service men from Meyersdale and vicinity. He is presenting one of these beautiful calendars to every family that had one or more boys in the service. It has been his desire to hand a calendar personally to the mother of every soldier represented by the local service flag, but thus far it has been impossible for him to see half of the mothers. Those who have not yet received one of these unique souvenirs are requested to call at his store and get one.


Meyersdale Republican: Jun. 10, 1920 - p. 1


Charles Damico Too Sick to Enjoy Festivities in His Honor

The play of "Hamlet" with Hamlet left out of the cast would be no more disappointing than a birthday dinner without the guest of honor. Charles Damico, the popular proprietor of the Meyersdale Produce Company, had the misfortune to be sick in bed when a surprise birthday dinner was given in his honor last Monday evening at his pleasant home on Broadway.

Mr. Damico but recently purchased and moved into the comfortable D.P. Ford residence, and as his birthday rolled around soon after and his family got settled in their new home, Mrs. Damico planned to give a birthday dinner in her husband’s honor. In connivance with her daughter, Miss Frances, and a few of her good neighbors, the arrangements for the feast were made secretly, as it was to be a complete surprise on him, and so it was, but it also proved to be a surprise on Mrs. Damico and the invited guests, for when the day arrived for the event and everything was in readiness for the festivities, the guest of honor took to his bed and was too sick to take any part in them.

Mr. Damico put in a busy day Sunday with his brother Woodmen, decorating the graves of departed brethren and holding memorial services at Fritz cemetery, the Catholic and Union Cemeteries, Meyersdale, and St. Paul cemetery, during which he contracted a bad cold and developed a violent headache. Dr. Lichty was called to see him, and it was hoped the patient would be able to attend his birthday dinner, but the physician found him suffering from a disordered liver and ordered to keep to his bed for a while.
Meanwhile the invitations had gone out to a number of Mr. Damico’s friends and could not be recalled, so Mrs. Damico felt obliged to go ahead with the dinner, regardless of her husband’s inability to partake of it and mingle with his friends.

The following gentlemen responding to the invitation and partook of the many good things that had been prepared for the occasion: Rev. J.J. Brady, Squire W.B. Cook, J.M. Cook, R.F. Mason, Gus Damico, Santo Lucente, Michael Foley, J.H. Bowman, Park. W. Weimer, S.W. Bittner, Johnny Stein, Prof. Wm. Butler, W.S. Livengood and John Lichliter, the latter of Salisbury. Rev. E.D. Burnworth and Gene Hostetler, who had also been invited, were unable to be present.

Mrs. Damico was assisted in preparing and serving the supper which was a very bountiful and savory one, by her daughter Frances, Mrs. Santo Lucente and Mrs. Johnny Stein. Ample justice was done to the feast of good things by all present, but the absence of the guest of honor somewhat marred the joyousness of the occasion. A huge birthday cake embellished with 47 candles indicative of Mr. Damico’s age, was the center-piece. Everyone deeply regretted that Mr. Damico, himself, could not be present to cut the cake, but in his absence Father Brady carved it very gracefully and it was found to be as delicious as it was beautiful.

Before entering the dining-room, the guests all invaded the bedchamber of the sick man to tender their congratulations on his birthday and to wish him a speedy recovery from his indisposition. He was surprised to receive a visit from so many of his friends at once, as their coming was the first intimation he had of the party. To show their esteem and good will, the guests brought with them and presented to Mr. Damico a very fine leather covered rocking chair, the presentation of which gave him much pleasure although he was too sick to make a suitable acknowledgment.

After supper, Miss Frances Damico entertained the guests with some beautiful selections on the piano, and Father Brady, Prof. Butler and Gus Damico gave some splendid vocal selections.

Mr. Damico, although still feeling far from well, was able to be at his store a while on Wednesday and Thursday.

Meyersdale Republican: Sep. 15, 1921 - p. 5

Charles Damico improved his home on Broadway with concrete work and paint.

Meyersdale Republican: September 25, 1924 - p. 1


Charles Damico Makes Valuable Gift - Others Will be Asked to Contribute.

Charles Damico has presented the Meyersdale Fire Department a Buick 1 1/2-ton freight truck in good condition, to be fitted up as an auxiliary fire truck. He has also presented them another old second-hand truck containing many parts that can be used in making repairs to the serviceable truck. The officers of the fire company propose to equip the good Damico truck with a complete chemical outfit, water pump, hose, etc. so that it will serve to fight any fire in Meyersdale or vicinity. They intend to use it especially for rural and neighboring town protection, and to that end have started a canvass to raise several thousand dollars to help pay for the necessary equipment. Farmers and residents of neighboring municipalities, who will be protected by this additional fire apparatus, will be asked to contribute.

The Meyersdale authorities have been subjected to much criticism for forbidding the local fire company to take the big American-LaFrance truck out of town to fight fires., especially for refusing to let the truck go to Garrett during recent fires there. In the case of the recent Salisbury fire the firemen took the truck and gave yeoman service, without asking permission of the fire committee of the council, and no one has been reprimanded or found fault with them for so doing.

With the additional equipment made possible by the generosity of Mr. Damico and those who will contribute to the fund for equipping the Damico truck, Meyersdale can afford to be more neighborly in the future and rush efficient aid in the case of fire, and still leave the home town protected while local firemen are giving aid elsewhere.

R.H. Philson has been made treasurer of this special fund for equipping the new truck and will be glad to receive contributions for that purpose.

Meyersdale Republican: April 14, 1927 - p. 6


While Charles Damico, the well known fruit and produce dealer, was in the act of closing up his place of business for the day, about 5 P.M., last Friday he was seized with a violent attack of heart trouble and almost perished before help could reach him. He was alone in his store when stricken, but fortunately was able to reach the telephone to summon Dr. Lichty. The doctor happening to be near his phone when Mr. Damico called him, and hastened to his relief, arriving just in the nick of time to save him. After administering a heart stimulant, the doctor called an ambulance and had the sick man removed to his home on Broadway, where has since remained under the doctor's and a trained nurse's care. He is still in a very weak and nervous state, but the crisis is past and the doctor thinks he will gradually recover. Miss Joanna Damico, who is in training as a nurse in Pittsburgh, returned home as soon as she heard of her father's illness, and is still here.


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.


Meyersdale Republican: May 12, 1927 - p. 7


Mrs. Charles F. D'Amico and children wish to express their sincere thanks for the many acts of kindness and sympathy extended to them during their bereavement by the loss of husband and father. Especially do they want to thank their neighbors for the assistance in their home; those who so kindly gave the use of their cars; and all persons and organizations for the many beautiful floral tributes sent.


Meyersdale Republican: May 19, 1927 - p. 12


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.


Meyersdale Republican: May 26, 1927 - p. 11

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.



Family links: 
  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 Elizabeth 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)*
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