'Q-C Melting Pot' holds a multicultural blend


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Posted Online: Feb. 16, 2013, 9:30 pm
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MOLINE -- They never met the grandfather who set their family roots firmly in Moline, but Lagomarcino siblings Beth, Tom Jr., and Lisa Ambrose continue to carry his Italian heritage, values and lessons forward, sharing them with the community.

The siblings own Lagomarcino's Confectionery in Moline and Davenport. The company was founded by their grandfather, Angelo Lagomarcino, in 1908.

The current store in downtown Moline remains as it was designed in 1918 with original handcrafted mahogany booths, Tiffany lamps, a hexagon terrazzo floor, and a metal ceiling. Retaining the original character of the store and working in the same space as their parents and grandparents did gives the Lagomarcino siblings a greater appreciation of their heritage, Tom Jr. said.

"It keeps you a little more connected. Although we did not know our grandfather, through growing up and living at the store, there is a connection there," he said.

The Lagomarcino family is one of many in the Quad-Cities with connections that can be traced back to points around the globe. Some of their stories are featured in the third and final installment of "Q-C Melting Pot," a special section you'll find inside today's Dispatch and Rock Island Argus.

The sections -- published Feb. 3, 10 and today -- feature the stories of nearly 50 people who are part of the mosaic makeup of the Quad-Cities. They include new arrivals to the area, as well as longtime local families whose ancestors immigrated to the area in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Look inside for the rest of the Lagamarcinos' story, and the stories of 13 others who are part of the "Q-C Melting Pot."


















 



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