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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Nick Grillo: 1942

Nick Grillo: 1942

May 1942. Southington, Connecticut. "As a boy in Italy, Nick Grillo dreamed of America and its opportunity. He saved enough money for boat passage to this country. Today, after 22 years, he is one of the world's outstanding floriculturists, developer of the famous Thornless Rose, an age-old dream of his craft." Medium format Kodachrome transparency by Fenno Jacobs. View full size.

 

Grandson of Nick Grillo the Floriculturist

If anyone would like to ask questions about my grandfather I would be glad to see if I could help.

I can be reached at bncarr@cox.net

Nicholas Grillo

A bit more about Nicholas Grillo. World War I Draft Registration, June 5, 1917, he was 29 years old, living in Milldale Southington, Conn. He was born July 23, 1888 in Tusa, Messina, Italy. Present trade: Florist, in his own business. Dependents: wife and parents in Italy. Physical description: short, slender, brownish eyes, black hair, not bald.

Nick Grillo 1888-1975

Nicholas Grillo: born July 25, 1888; died May 1975 in Milldale, Hartford County, Connecticut, according to the Social Security Death Index.

Nick Grillo

Would anyone happen to know where Mr. Grillo's greenhouse is located? Is he still in Connecticut? I ask because he is my great-uncle and i would love to get in touch with him. send info to snake6177@hotmail.com thank you.

[If he were still alive, he'd be around 110 years old. - Dave]

Flowers

He's got some amazing roses there. I bet that greenhouse smelled heavenly.

Nick's Roses

I have some of his roses -- three bushes, as a matter of fact. They are great!

 
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