Milton Mills’ Fruitier Nicholas L. Mucci (1869-1966)

By Muriel Bristol | February 5, 2021

Nicholas L. Mucci was born in Italy, August 22, 1869. (If, as would seem to be the case, Angelo P. Mucci of Sanford, ME, was his brother, then both were sons of Iacopo Mucci).

Nicholas L. Mucci married in Florence, Tuscany, Italy, circa October 1892, Teresa Laurezi (also given as Lorenzi). She was born in Italy, in August 1871.

Nicholas Mucci, a country man, aged twenty-eight years, and his wife, Teresa Mucci, aged twenty-six years, both of Firenze, i.e., Florence, Italy, sailed from Genoa, Italy, April 14, 1898, on the S.S. Kaiser Wilhelm II (1889), arriving in New York, NY, April 28, 1898. They would be joining his brother (her brother-in-law), presumably at their stated “final” destination of Boston, MA.

Nicholas Mucci appeared in the Milton directory of 1900, as running a fruit and confectionary store at 48 Main street in Milton Mills, with his house at Sanford, ME.

Mucci’s fellow countryman, Raffaele A. “Ralph” Ferretti (1864-1931), had opened a very similar establishment in neighboring Farmington, NH, in 1894. Descriptions of his business activities may give us some sense of the “flavor” of Mucci’s Milton Mills store.

LOCALS. Ralph Ferretti has a new cart of attractive appearance which he will keep on the road with fruit and ice cream this summer. He also has recently purchased a gas engine to operate his ice cream freezer (Farmington News, May 17, 1895).

LOCALS. That Ferretti makes caramels of the finest flavor to be found, is the decision of all good judges (Farmington News, November 13, 1896).

In 1899, Ferretti advertised Ice Cream, “Made from the Very Best Cream, with the Highest Quality of Flavoring Extracts. Special Prices by the Gallon;” Ice Cold Soda (i.e., “tonics”), “Flavored with the Best Fruit Syrups;” and Fruit, “of all kinds at the lowest living prices” (Farmington News, May 12, 1899). Five pounds of chocolate might be obtained for $1.

Nicolas Mucci, a storekeeper, aged thirty years (b. Italy), headed a Milton (“Milton Mills Village”) household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of six years), Teresa Mucci, aged twenty-eight years (b. Italy), his daughter, Eliza Mucci, aged three months (b. NH), and his boarder, Angelo Lenzi, a storekeeper, aged twenty-one years (b. Italy). Nicholas Mucci rented their house. Teresa Mucci was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living. They had immigrated into the U.S. in 1897. (Their boarder had immigrated into the U.S. in 1895). Their household was enumerated between those of Elisha S. Gerrish, a farm laborer, aged fifty-one years (b. ME), and Elphonzo Pinkham, a barber, aged forty-four years (b. ME).

Mucci, N - 1902 Nicholas Mucci appeared in the Milton directory of 1902, as running a fruit and confectionary store at 44 Main street (corner of Church street) in Milton Mills, with his house at the same address. F.S. Weeks, M.D., a physician and surgeon, was at 42 Main street (corner of Church street), and W.S. Miller, a furniture dealer, was at 46 Main street.

N. Mucci appeared in the Milton business directories of 1904, and 1905-06, as proprietor of a Milton Mills fruit, confectionary, and fancy grocery store at 44 Main street, with his house at the same address. Winfield S. Miller, a furniture dealer, was at 46 Main street.

N. Mucci appeared in the Milton business directory of 1909, as proprietor of a Milton Mills fruit, confectionary, and fancy grocery store at 46 Main street, with his house at the same address.

Nichla Muci, a general store proprietor, aged forty years (b. Italy), headed a Milton (“Milton Mills”) household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of eighteen years), Teresa Muci, aged thirty-eight years (b. Italy), and his children, Allice Muci, aged twelve years (b. NH), Susan Muci, aged nine years (b. NH), Charles Muci, aged five years, Elenah Muci, aged three years (b. NH), and Fred Muci, aged two months (b. NH). Nichla Mucci rented their house. Teresa Mucci was the mother of eight children, of whom six were still living. They had immigrated into the U.S. in 1898; Teresa Mucci spoke Italian, i.e., she spoke mostly Italian. Their household was enumerated between those of John Howland, Jr., a hotel clerk, aged fifty years (b. Canada), and William Pinfold, a woolen mills napper, aged forty-six years (b. England). (See Milton in the News – 1902 regarding Pinfold’s wife, Annie E. (Lewis) Pinfold, who was a writer of short stories and song lyrics).

N. Mucci appeared in the Milton business directories of 1912, and 1917, as proprietor of a Milton Mills fruit, confectionary, and fancy grocery store at 46 Main street (corner of Church street).

Mucci, N - 1917Nicholas Mucci, a woolen mill washer, aged fifty years (b. Italy), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Th[e]resa Mucci, aged forty-eight years (b. Italy), and his children, Alicia M. Mucci, drawing warp in a plush mill, aged twenty years (b. NH), Susie S. Mucci, drawing warp in a plush mill, aged eighteen years (b. NH), Charles A. Mucci, aged fifteen years (b. NH), Eleanor Mucci, aged twelve years (b. NH), Orlando N. Mucci, aged nine years (b. NH), and Arline L. Mucci, aged six years (b. NH). Nicholas Mucci owned their farm on Church Street, with a mortgage. Nicholas and Theresa Mucci had immigrated into the U.S. in 1898, and had become naturalized citizens in 1908. Their household was enumerated between those of James C. Hawksworth, a woolen mill washer, aged sixty years (b. Nova Scotia), and Elisha S. Gerrish, a teamster laborer, aged sixty-eight years (b. ME).

Nickolas Mucci, a woolen mills finisher, aged sixty years (b. Italy), headed a Sanford, ME, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty-seven years), Theresa Mucci, aged fifty-eight years (b. Italy), and his children, Alice Mucci, a variety store saleslady, aged thirty years (b. NH), Susie Mucci, a plush mill twister, aged twenty-nine years (b. NH), Charles Mucci, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), Eleanor Mucci, a plush mill twister, aged twenty-three years (b. NH), Orlando Mucci, aged nineteen years (b. NH), and Arline Mucci, aged seventeen years (b. NH). Nickolas Mucci owned their house at 17 Sherburne Street, which was valued at $2,600. They had a radio set. Nickolas and Theresa Mucci had immigrated into the U.S. in 1898, and were naturalized citizens.

Nicholas Mucci, a worsted mills dryer, aged seventy years (b. Italy), headed a Sanford, ME, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Theresa Mucci, aged sixty-eight years (b. Italy), his children, Alice Mucci, a retail furniture saleswoman, aged forty-one years (b. NH), Orlando Mucci, a mohair mills bookkeeper, aged thirty years (b. NH), Aileen Mucci, a retail furniture saleswoman, aged twenty-seven years (b. NH), and Eleanor Downing, a mohair mills mender, aged thirty-two years (b. NH), and his grandson, Roger Downing, aged four years (b. ME). Nicholas Mucci owned their house at 17 Sherburne Street, which was valued at $1,200. They had all resided in the same place in 1935.

Sanford Couple Feted On 57th Anniversary. Sanford, Oct. 19 – Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Mucci, of 17 Sherburne Street, observed their 57th wedding anniversary with a family dinner party Sunday at their home. Mr. and Mrs. Mucci, who were married in Florence, Italy, came to this country 51 years ago. They resided for a short time in Sanford and then moved to New Hampshire, returning to Sanford 30 years ago. Mr. Mucci is a retired employee of Goodall-Sanford, Inc. Their entire family, with exception of one grandchild, who is a student at the University of New Hampshire, were with them on this occasion, together with their husbands and wives. The children are James Mucci, Scarborough, Orlando Mucci, Mrs. Susie Burke, Mrs. Arline Emery, Mrs. Eleanor Downing and Miss Alice Mucci. There are five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren (Portland Press Herald (Portland, ME), October 20, 1949).

Nicholas Mucci appeared in the Sanford, ME, directory of 1951, as being retired, with his house at 17 Sherburne street. (Angelo P. Mucci (1873-1962), and his wife, Julia, resided at 31 Sherburne street. He was born in Marliana, Tuscany, Italy, May 23, 1873, son of Iacopo Mucci, immigrated to the U.S. in 1891, and was perhaps the U.S.-resident brother mentioned by Nicholas Mucci at the time of his own 1898 arrival).

Teresa (Laurezi) Mucci died in Sanford, ME, December 2, 1955, aged eight-three years. Nicolas L. Mucci died in Sanford, ME, August 1, 1966, aged ninety-six years.

References:

Find a Grave. (2014, October 4). Nicholas Mucci. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/136811275/nicholas-mucci

Metropolitan Museum. (2021). Goodall-Sanford Suit. Retrieved from www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/159532

Wikipedia. (2021, January 14). Italian Diaspora. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_diaspora

Author: Muriel Bristol

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