'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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  Today is Friday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2014. There are 131 days left in the year.
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1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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