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ROBERT 'DOC' LEONETTI
I would like to express my sincere thanks to Tammy Schlitters, a student and friend who assisted me with the editing of this little volume. Tammy also authored my brief biography. Without question, she is one of the best write-editors I have ever encountered..........
Vince Alishio is a portly five-foot inches in height, weighing in at one-hundred ninety pounds (he swears that his home scale registers only one-hundred seventy five pounds, but his doctor's scale indicates otherwise).
Jasper Butero was a real big guy from old Sopris. He was big in body, big in mind, and huge in heart. The big guy weighed in at two hundred sixty pounds and stood at a stout
"The folks from the old coal camps are a unique breed." So says Robert Leonetti, a proud member of that distinctive group. Leonetti's strong interest in history, particularly that of now-inundated Sopris.........
Danny 'No-Middle-Name' Archuleta.Yes folks, he really doesn't have a middle name. But everybody in good old Trinidad knows this bubbly guy......
"The first thing athletics taught me was respect," said Butero, "Respect for myself. Without respect for myself, I can't have respect for others.
There is an old-timers story that the first coal-mine, and the first claim to a piece of Colorado soil that would ultimately become the spirited mining community of Sopris......
Leo Bonfandini and Pauline Riggio got hitched once again. D-Day was June 2, 1996. The exact date of the first time they tied the knot. Way back in 1946, an incredible fifty-four years ago.
He is a gentle, soft spoken old fella,' with kindly hazel eyes and an old fashioned crew cut. Now generously sprinkled with white, his hairstyle is
reminiscent of a bygone era, a time in history
Crist Cunico was a veritable piece of work. At this writing, he was ninety-five years of age. The old guy could read the fine print of a newspaper with the eyes of a young hawk,
Dora Jeneatte Falduto is the daughter of Bruno and Margerite. She wasborn in 1927, in Sopris, a small coal mining community just five miles west ofTrinidad along the Purgatoire River.
The Incitti family from old Sopris was pretty well known throughout theTrinidad Valley. There were seven bambinos born into the Incitti clan. Momma andpoppa Incitti were Joe and Francis Jennie.
He was well known throughout the old mining camp as "Sammy."
Sam Incitti was born to Joe and Francis Jennie Incitti in Sopris, five miles
west of Trinidad as the crow flies.
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