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Roy Perrizo: 41 years as Clontarf Postmaster

Since we are on the topic of the Perrizo family, let’s take a look at Roy Perrizo’s (son of Bruno and Melinda) story from the 100th anniversary booklet:

Prior to entering the U.S. Army in 1918, Roy Perrizo was a rural mail carrier at Clontarf. After he retired from service. he was employed at the Farmers State Bank of Clontarf. In 1925 he purchased the McDermott General Store and operated it until May of 1964 when he sold it to Victor Haroldstad who sold the business to Robert Fennell in 1965.  Roy Perrizo and Winifred McDermott were married in 1926 and in 1928 Winifred McDermott Perrizo died. Roy Perrizo was postmaster of Clontarf from 1926 until 1963 when he retired. He was a charter member of the American Legion, the V.F.W. organization, and the Benson Golf Club. He became a member of the Knights of Columbus in 1916.

In 1931 he married Rose Hughes of Tara Township. They had three sons, Richard, Burton, and Robert. Mrs. Rose Perrizo lives in Clontarf at the present time (1978).

Mark Becker, who so generously shared some Perrizo family photographs (click here to view the photographs), told me that his mother (Winifred Fiala Becker) was particularly fond of Uncle Roy and Aunt Rose and has warm memories of her Perrizo cousins.  Mark recalled many trips to Clontarf to visit Aunt Rose.

Next time we will take a look at Mr. McDermott’s ledger…


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Some More Perrizo History…

Mark Becker, the grandson of Frank and Belle (Perrizo) Fiala, recently shared some great photographs, and I would like to share them with you…

Bruno Perrizo and his brothers - submitted by Mark Becker

Now, these are some great moustaches!  I am not sure which one is Bruno, and I don’t know if all of these men are actually Bruno’s brothers.  Maybe Mark will see this and help us out?

Bruno and Melinda Perrizo - submitted by Mark Becker

To read an earlier post on Bruno Perrizo family click here.

Belle Perrizo Fiala and sisters - submitted by Mark Becker

This is a photograph of Belle Perrizo and two of her sisters.  Not sure which sisters, but my bet is that it is Winifred and Della.  Just a guess…

Frank and Belle Fiala Wedding - submitted by Mark Becker

Mark told me his grandparents Frank and Belle (Perrizo) Fiala were married at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Clontarf.  His grandfather Frank suffered a fatal stroke while in the barber chair in Clontarf on August 18, 1937.  Belle then took over her father’s cafe, and Belle and her daughter Winifred (Mark’s mother) lived above the cafe in the old bank building.

Thanks Mark for the fantastic photographs and stories!  Much appreciated!

If you have memories or stories you would like to share, leave a comment or send an email to clontarfhistory@gmail.com.


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