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Southington in Hartford County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Gang Scarpa Shoda

 
 
Left Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, July 21, 2010
1. Left Plaque
Inscription.
[ left plaque ]
Gang Scarpa Shoda
In Honor and Memory of All Deceased Members
And Those Whose Time Has Yet To Come.
God Bless Each and Everyone.
Donated by Albert Frascatore


[ center plaque ]
Gang Scarpa Shoda
The Original "Gang" Lived Within
These Boundaries During The Depression Era
Descendants of All Members
Are Included In The Gang
Est. 1980
"Gang Scarpa Shoda"
Southington, Conn.
Donated by Sylvester (Harp) Testa

[ the boundaries on the map on the plaque ]
Knowles Ave. – West St. – Mill St. – Old Railroad Tracks

[ right plaque ]
Gang Scarpa Shoda
In Honor of Those Who Gave Their Lives
For Their Country in World War II. These
Men, At The Time, Would Have Been Eligible
To attend the get-together of the
Gang of Scarpa Shoda:
Anthony W. Pasquale Victor Mastrianni Stanley Folcik Roger Jurglewicz Edward Kleszcz Walter Stasilowicz Steven Suchar William Tiede Peter Kizilski
Donated by Albert Frascatore

 
Location. 41° 36.11′ N, 72° 52.927′ W. Marker is in Southington, Connecticut, in
Center Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, July 21, 2010
2. Center Plaque
Hartford County. Marker is at the intersection of Center Street and Factory Square, on the right when traveling west on Center Street. Click for map. Located on the Farmington Canal Rail-to-Trail Greenway. Marker is in this post office area: Southington CT 06489, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Constitution Oak (approx. 0.2 miles away); Southington Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Southington Soldiers Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Southington (approx. 0.2 miles away); Southington World War II (approx. 0.2 miles away); Washington – Rochambeau Revolutionary Route (approx. one mile away); Forever Honored Forever Mourned (approx. 1.2 miles away); Near This Spot (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Southington.
 
Regarding Gang Scarpa Shoda. In Italian, "scarpa shoda" means "shoes untied," and the group's name is a reflection on its oldest members' lifestyle during the Great Depression. Their families could not afford to purchase items like new shoes or shoelaces, but the men, who are of Italian, Polish, French and German descent, enjoyed each other's company in spite of the economy's then failing state. The group continues the tradition of Southington men who grew up together in the West Center and Mill Street sections of town.
 
Categories. Fraternal or Sororal OrganizationsWar, World II
 
Right Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, July 21, 2010
3. Right Plaque
Gang Scarpa Shoda Bench image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, July 21, 2010
4. Gang Scarpa Shoda Bench
Gang Scarpa Shoda Bench image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, July 21, 2010
5. Gang Scarpa Shoda Bench
( on the right )
Farmington Canal Rail-to-Trail Greenway image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, July 21, 2010
6. Farmington Canal Rail-to-Trail Greenway
 
 
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