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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Frank A. Palanga

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[This information is from Vol. III, p. 383 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 Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Frank A. Palanga, conducting the Palanga Nurseries, which are situated on the Rome road, near Marcy crossing, in Utica, is widely recognized as a landscape architect of exceptional ability whose labors constitute a factor in the beauty and adornment of the city. He was born in Italy, on the 21st of March, 1886, and received his education in his native country, where he also familiarized himself with landscape architecture and with the nursery business. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Agriculture in Italy.

Mr. Palanga was a young man of twenty-three years when in 1909 he made the voyage to the United States, having determined to avail himself of the opportunities offered on this side of the Atlantic. He came first to Utica, New York, but in 1914 removed to Rochester, this state, where he entered the employ of the Brown Brothers Nursery Company. Subsequently he was connected with the Philips Nursery Company until 1916, when he made his way to Dubois, Pennsylvania, where he devoted his attention to the nursery business until 1923. In the latter year he returned to Utica and has here continued in business to the present time, conducting his interests under the name of the Palanga Nurseries. Success in large measure has attended his undertakings and he enjoys an enviable and well merited reputation as a nurseryman and landscape architect of marked skill.

On the 1st of July, 1919, Mr. Palanga was united in marriage to Miss Mary Cavallo. They are the parents of a daughter, Carmela Anna, whose birth occurred on May 20, 1920. Mr. Palanga is a communicant of St. Mary Monte Carmelo church, and fraternally is identified with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and with the Sons of Italy. In this country he has found the opportunities which he sought and through their wise utilization has gained a gratifying degree of prosperity. He has many friends in Utica who esteem him highly for his genuine personal worth.

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