Story of “Tony the Barber”

Story of “Tony the Barber”

October 18th is a National holiday known as No Beard Day. While there is no explanation for why the Holiday exists or how it began, it is a day that celebrates a clean-shaven face. Since this Holiday is all about shaving off your beard, Osceola History thought we would dedicate a Blog to Kissimees’ very own “Tony the Barber.” Welcome To America Like 3 million […]

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Coach “Tom” Gannarelli: St Cloud’s MVP

Coach “Tom” Gannarelli: St Cloud’s MVP

First Generation American Thomas “Tom” Joseph Gannarelli was the son of Italian immigrants Domenic and Anna Gannarelli. Tom was born on August 23, 1913, the youngest of four children in Keewatin, Minnesota. He played football for his high school and was an outstanding fullback for Hibbing Junior College near his hometown. After two years at Hibbing, Stetson University coach Herb McQullan heard of Tom’s abilities […]

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Italian-American Month

Italian-American Month

The Rinaldi and Sabetto families of Kissimmee When the S.S. Berlin sailed on December 6, 1912, from Naples, Italy, passengers Giovonni (John) Battista Rinaldi, age 48, and his wife, Giocondina Perugini, listed their final destination as Lake Mary, Florida. By 1930, they had moved to Kissimmee, Florida, and had six children, ages 16 to 1 month.   John engaged in truck farming with the help of […]

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Spinelli’s Restaurant was a St. Cloud favorite

Spinelli’s Restaurant was a St. Cloud favorite

October is Italian American Month Joseph James “Joe” Spinelli was born in Middleton, Connecticut, in 1941 and was named after his Italian immigrant grandfather. His father George began as a cook in a Meridian, Connecticut, restaurant and progressed to owning his own restaurant. Cooking was in Joe’s blood; when they moved to Central Florida in 1971, he and wife Diane opened Spinelli’s Restaurant in St. […]

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