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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Armando Michelini

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 40-41 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Since 1919 Armando Michelini has conducted a drug store in Utica, of which he was formerly manager for five years under the proprietorship of Dr. Francesco Robertaccio, who in 1908, at the request of his patients, established at No. 411 Bleecker street, the first Italian drug store in Utica whose employes were familiar with the Italian language. Mr. Michelini was born in Salerno, Italy, on the 3d of February, 1883, and was a youth of sixteen years when in 1899 he accompanied his parents, Alfonso and Erminia Michelini, on their emigration to the United States. He had already pursued a year's high school work in Italy and after his arrival in this country he continued his studies in a high school of New York city, where the family home had been established. Following his graduation he entered the New York College of Pharmacy, from which institution he received the degree of Ph. G. in 1904. Thereafter he worked as a pharmacist in the eastern metropolis. He also has the degree of M. D., which was conferred upon him by the Fordham Medical College of New York at his graduation in 1914, but he has never engaged in the practice of medicine.

The year 1914 witnessed the arrival of Mr. Michelini in Utica, where he became manager of the drug store of Dr. Francesco Robertaccio, of whom he purchased the establishment five years later. He has remained the proprietor of the pharmacy and has been very successful in its conduct, being accorded an extensive and profitable patronage. He carries a large line of drugs and druggists' sundries and conducts an up-to-date and attractively appointed establishment, where customers are shown every courtesy and consideration. His reputation for integrity and reliability is an unassailable one.

On the 28th of June, 1908, Mr. Michelini was united in marriage to Miss Rose Accetta of New York. Their children are: Minnie, Alfonso, Virgil, Clara, Armando, Jr., and Gloria. Mr. Michelini belongs to the Masonic fraternity and to the Sons of Italy and manifests a deep interest in the welfare and advancement of the Italian people here. He well merits the prosperity which has come to him and the high esteem which is uniformly accorded him in the community in which he makes his home.

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