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1 February 2014 A Tampa Immigrants Business Story of the Ficarrotta – Ferlita Families Kenneth C. Ferlita, AIA

2 Ficarrotta – Ferlita Families FICARROTTA FAMILY Santo Stefano Quisquina, Sicily Family relatives in Sicily [circa late 800s]

3 Ficarrotta – Ferlita Families Giuseppe R. Ficarrotta [ ] Giuseppe R. Ferlita FICARROTTA - FERLITA WEST TAMPA – YBOR CITY

4 TIMELINE CHART Ficarrotta – Ferlita Families 1891 Giuseppe Ficarrotta immigrated to Florida [Worked in St. Cloud Sugar Mills] s s Giuseppe Ferlita immigrated to Tampa Giuseppe Ficarrotta killed. Ferlita Macaroni Factory est in Ferlitas home on 518 Green St., West Tampa Ferlita Macaroni Factory expands to Ybor City into new building Ferlita Family Move out of Ybor factory into a South Tampa Home Inter- national Bank s Loan Due Giuseppe Ferlita dies 1940 Ferlita Macaroni Factory expands to larger factory. 633 Union St, West Tampa WEST TAMPA YBOR CITY Ferlita Macaroni Factory forced to relocate to 2001 N Tampaina, West Tampa 1915 Ferlita Macaroni Factory expands to 644 Main Street,, next to family bakery in West Tampa

5 Ficarrotta – Ferlita Families Main Street, West Tampa [circa 1895] WEST TAMPA FLORIDA

6 Ficarrotta – Ferlita Families Giuseppe R. Ficarrotta Giuseppe R. Ficarrotta West Tampa City Councilman Giuseppe Ficarrotta immigrated from Santo Stefano Quisquina, Sicily to the United States in 1891 and after working at the St. Cloud Sugar Mills for about a year, settled in West Tampa. His wife Maria Nicolina Pirello joined him in Within 10 years he had prospered to open a bakery and a feed store. He was a founding member, along with Hugh MacFarlane to establish the West Tampa Building & Loan with a stock capitol of $900,000. He served on the West Tampa City Council. His murder was never solved but the newspaper accounts indicated because he was one of West Tampas wealthiest businessman, two unidentified men approached him to extort $10,000 to aid id bribing a criminal friend from jail, but because he refused was killed.

7 Ficarrotta – Ferlita Families WEST TAMPA 1909 Murder Tampa Police Department 1900s 1910 Ficarrotta & Albano Lynching [Howard and Kennedy]

8 Ficarrotta – Ferlita Families WEST TAMPA Condolence Letters Maria Pirello Ficarrotta

9 Ficarrotta – Ferlita Families WEST TAMPA 1909 Murder West Tampa Constable Fernandez Gonzalez Acting Municipal Judge Granville Larimore

10 Ficarrotta – Ferlita Families WEST TAMPA FLORIDA G. Ficarrotta & Co. Bakery – Rosario Ferlita Bakery

11 Ficarrotta – Ferlita Families WEST TAMPA FLORIDA Bakery & Macaroni Factory MAIN STREET

12 Ficarrotta – Ferlita Families Giuseppe R. Ferlita Giuseppe R. Ferlita Ferlita Macaroni Co. Giuseppe R. Ferlita immigrated from Santo Stefano Quisquina, Sicily to USA in He first worked as a cigar maker until his father purchased a bakery in West Tampa. With a loan from his brother-in-law, James Ficarrotta, and assistance from good friends like Angelo Mortellaro a businessman and founding member of the Italian Club, his macaroni factory was on Main St in a building owned by his in-laws. The business continued to grow and relocated to a new factory on 22 nd Street and 6 th Avenue. As pasta shipments expanded as far north as Georgia, again the factory was in need of expansion. In the late 1930s the business moved Union Street in West Tampa, but was forced to relocate again due to a new Public Housing development. Shortly after the final move to Tampaina Avenue,WWII broke out and other finances difficultness began to strain the business. The bank called in the loan to buy the business for the bankers son and within five years Giuseppe Ferlita died in 1949.

13 Ficarrotta – Ferlita Families Giuseppe Ferlita marriage to Maria Paola Ficarrotta WEST TAMPA FLORIDA Giuseppe Ferlita marriage to Vicenta Ficarrotta Maria Paola Ficarrotta was separated from her parents at the age of four and wasnt reunited until she was fifteen years old. She married her childhood friend in Tampa at the age of 23,. Sadly her life was cut short at only 30 when she died of Spanish Flu. That same week the Ficarrotta Family lost two other siblings also to the flu.

14 Ficarrotta – Ferlita Families L-R: Vincenta Ficarrotta, Mary, Rosario (standing), Paul, Joseph, Jr. and Giuseppe Ferlita FERLITA FAMILY 1920

15 Ficarrotta – Ferlita Families Certificate of Citizenship FERLITA FAMILY Giuseppe and Vincenta Ferlita Certificate of Naturalization

16 Ficarrotta – Ferlita Families YBOR CITY FLORIDA Ferlita Macaroni Factory [1930s]

17 Ficarrotta – Ferlita Families YBOR CITY FLORIDA Ferlita Macaroni Delivery Truck [1930s] Paul Ferlita standing on truck [1928]

18 Ficarrotta – Ferlita Families YBOR CITY FLORIDA Ferlita Macaroni Factory

19 Ficarrotta – Ferlita Families Ferlita Macaroni Factory – Ybor City YBOR CITY FLORIDA

20 Ficarrotta – Ferlita Families Ferlita Macaroni Factory & Family Residence – Ybor City YBOR CITY FLORIDA

21 Ficarrotta – Ferlita Families YBOR CITY FLORIDA Ybor location For Sale after the factory was relocated to West Tampa

22 Ficarrotta – Ferlita Families Ferlita Macaroni Factory – Union Street WEST TAMPA FLORIDA

23 Ficarrotta – Ferlita Families Ferlita Macaroni Factory – Union Street WEST TAMPA FLORIDA Diesel Generator

24 Ficarrotta – Ferlita Families WEST TAMPA FLORIDA Angelo Massari International Bank of Tampa 300 West Fortune Street 1946

25 Ficarrotta – Ferlita Families FERLITA MACARONI FACTORY REBIRTH Before Restoration of the Ferlita Macaroni Factory [2009]

26 Ficarrotta – Ferlita Families YBOR CITY FLORIDA Restoration of the Ferlita Macaroni Factory [2010]

27 Ficarrotta – Ferlita Families YBOR CITY FLORIDA Before Restoration of the Ferlita Macaroni Factory [2009] Old Residential Entrance

28 Ficarrotta – Ferlita Families Ferlita Macaroni Factory – Today YBOR CITY FLORIDA Ferlita Macaroni Factory – 2009

29 Ficarrotta – Ferlita Families Ferlita Macaroni Factory Then & Now - Ybor City YBOR CITY FLORIDA

30 February 2014 Questions Thank you – Kenneth Ferlita, AIA

31 Ficarrotta – Ferlita Families Hugh MacFarlane WEST TAMPA FLORIDA West Tampa's birth came fast on the heels of this new burst of economic activity. Hugh C. Macfarlane ( ), a transplanted Scotsman, moved to Tampa in 1883 after hearing about the real estate growth while practicing law in New Orleans. After arriving in Tampa to practice law and he rose quickly in the community and in 1887 was appointed City Attorney. In 1892, Macfarlane purchased and platted 200 acres of land just west of the Hillsborough River for development. Macfarlane began offering factory sites and three story brick buildings to manufacturers. To encourage factories to relocate to West Tampa he and some investors, built an iron drawbridge across the Hillsborough River at Fortune Street and later financed a streetcar line. Dozens of cigar companies and thousands of people moved into the new city resulting in capital investments of over $2 million in West Tampa, a staggering sum in those bygone days. Three short years later, on May 18, 1895, West Tampa was incorporated, boasting 3,500 residents with businesses and community services.

32 Ficarrotta – Ferlita Families Hamilton Disston ST. CLOUD FLORIDA Hamilton Disston, was an industrialist and real-estate developer who purchased four million acres of Florida land in 1881, an area larger than the state of Connecticut, and reportedly the most land ever purchased by a single person in world history.


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