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Historical Willimantic Families

Posted By: Atty Michael J Lombardo <>
Date: Saturday, 10 February 2001, at 11:15 p.m.

I just almost completed a long message but believe it might have been lost before posting... The text was about my family.. I will just have to write it over and appreciate your patience if it is a duplication.... My grandfather, Louis Lombardo, operated a fruit and vegetable store or stand on Main Street at the turn of the century with his two sons, Charles Lombardo and my father, Frank P. Lombardo... Frank P. Lombardo married Mary Longo in 1908 and really took over the business which he oprated until 1945. The store was located at 763 Main Street where the Sumner Insurance Agency is presently located.... The building was a two-story wooden structure until 1926 when the present building was constructed... We had ten children in our family--five boys and five girls... One son, Frank P. Lombardo, Jr. was killed at Okinowa during WWII.. Two sons, J. Thomas Lombardo, and Ignatius F. Lombardo, graduated from ECSU and taught or were administrators in the Connecticut school system for many years... Another son, Michael J. Lombardo, was an accountant, an attorney, college professor, and an Air Force Colonel.... The family lived in three different houses over the years with the last family home at 78 Walnut Street from 1926 to 1976.... There are some interesting photographs available and I think Mrs. Crosby still has a couple in the files at the Chronicle....My hone number is 423-2991... By the way, I just left your photograph and Willimantic history pages.. I actually was on the stage as a youngster at the Capitol, the Gem and The Loomer Opera House... Willimantic was an interesting, family oriented, safe and friendly community to live in during the 30's, and 40's, and I am certain before then....I just reviewed the message and noticed I neglected to mention Michael J. Lombardo, graduated from the University of Connecticut, BS'51, MS'61, JD'73 and was named a Distinguished Military Graduate in 1951 by the US Air Force...