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Derby Hat Detail


Memo Morsani's Derby
Donated by Dorothy Morsani

Richard Dominic "Memo" Morsani was born in Orvinio, Italy in 1889. Memo, his father Emidio, and brother Camillo were among the first families who came with Father Pietro Bandini to settle the Washington County community of Tontitown in 1898. Memo had a beautiful voice, and was locally known as a concert singer. After serving with the U. S. Army during World War I, he returned to Tontitown, became a nursery agent in the local fruit industry, and married Rose Bastianelli in 1926. She served as Tontitown's postmaster from 1918 until 1952.

The derby's inner lining sports a stamp from Price Clothing Company, which was located on the west side of the Fayetteville square.

Tontitown Get-Together



Tontitown get-together, circa 1920. Memo Morsani is on the back row, holding a tuba. Lavinia Zulpo Collection (S-2002-111-16)





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