On July 25, 2014, Molly DeCrescenzo Bango will celebrate her 99th birthday. Born to Italian immigrants Antonio and Theresa Malone DeCrescenzo on Hulin Street in Mechanicville in 1915, Molly says she cost a dollar. That was all Dr. Purcell, the legendary physician who tended to the folks of our town for many years, charged them for delivering their baby girl.
Molly had five brothers - Frank, Alex, Elpidio, Joseph and Anthony – and three sisters – Philomena, called Fannie; Thomasina, called Mazie; and Rosina, called Rosie. Mechanicville back in the early years of the twentieth century was a growing railroad and mill town, and many immigrant families settled here, giving our city a hardworking ethnic core.
Read the entire article in the July 24th issue.