Interior view of Leonard’s Hardware store circa early 1900’s. Second from the left is likely Antonio (Tony) Sabatino
The children, particularly the sons rose to some distinction in Lakefield and elsewhere. Domenic (Mike) moved to Bangor, PA where he was the road foreman of engines for the Delaware and Lackawanna Railraod. He married and raised a family of three. Antonio (Tony) Sabatino used his experience at Leonard’s hardware to secure a full time position with a hardware wholesaler. He was promoted and moved to Chicago where he was put in charge of a large territory that included most of Chicago’s west side. He eventually became responsible for overseeing a territory that included most of the American Mid-west.
John Sabatino worked at the cement company after his time at Leonard’s hardware. He eventually went on to become the manager of the Nepheline Mine Company in Lakefield and Nephton. Luigi (Lou) Sabatino also worked at the cement company. He went on to become manager of the Johnson Construction company in Brantford, Ontario.
Giovanni (Joe) Sabatino made the ultimate sacrifice while fighting in the First World War. He was hit by a sniper’s bullet while helping a wounded comrade during fighting in France. He is buried in the Moeuvres Cemetery in France and his name appears on the Cenotaph in Lakefield. The following article appeared in the Katchewanooka Herald in 1918:LAKEFIELD SOLDIER WAS KILLED WHILE HELPING WOUNDED COMRADE
Gunner J. Sabatino Was Hit in the Head With a Rifle Bullet – The Grave in France.Particulars are given in the following letter of the death of Gunner Joseph Sabatino, who lived in Lakefield, and enlisted with the 10th Battery, C.F.A.He was killed on September 27, 1918. The letter was written to Miss Ray of Lakefield:
France, Oct. 11, 1918
My Dear Miss Ray-
I can hardly tell what makes me write this letter to you. It must be that I often heard J. Sabatino speak of you, and if you would read this letter to his mother it may help her in her hour of sorrow.I happened to be with poor Joe when he met his death. He was going to help a wounded comrade when he was hit in the head with a rifle bullet. He never spoke. In fact it was so sudden that I thought that he had dropped on the ground to escape shell fire. I spoke to him and, receiving no answer, I lifted him up and saw at once that he was gone.It was impossible to get the body away at that time but, the next morning, September 28th, we went up again and took the remains back out of shell fire and buried him well behind the lines. We erected a neat wooden cross with his name and his number on it.Believe me, Miss Ray, a better soldier than Joe will be hard to find. He was everybody’s friend and very popular in the battery. We all feel the blow keenly. I knew him since he first came to France and in all my experience I never once saw him ill tempered. He was ever willing to help everybody, and we all know that we have lost a true friend.
If there is anything else I can do to get the location of the grave, etc., I will only be too glad to do anything in my power. Hoping that this war will soon end, I remain,
Gunner C. Shoebottom,
10th Battery C.F.A., France
Above – Margareta Minicola, her husband Donato and their three daughters with their husbands.
L to R: Frank Asta, his wife Mary Sabatino (they owned a fruit store on Charlotte Street in Peterborough for many years), Donato Sabatino, his wife Margaretta Minicola, Pat White (aka Pasquale Bianco – He anglicized his name from Pasquale Bianco to Pat White), his wife Concetta Sabatino, Lucy Sabatino, her husband Michael Lucano. Date taken: About 1920 Place: Albert Street, Lakefield