Institute for Oral History News
Around Waco - The Piazza FamilyMarch 27, 2014
Recently the Waco Tribune-Herald ran a story concerning the upcoming liquidation auction of a stalwart of Waco retailing - Piazza Bros. Shoe Service. The business, recently in its third generation of operation, traces its local roots back to the early 1900s when Samuel Piazza immigrated to Waco from Sicily. The Piazza Bros. moniker later came when Samuel's three sons, Tom, Ralph and Rico, took over operation of the store.
The institute captured part of this story in an interview with Tina Piazza, sister of the aforementioned Piazza Brothers. This interview was part of a series entitled "Woman in Waco" conducted in partnership with the Junior League of Waco in the mid-70s. Tina Piazza was a wonderful local talent, having trained at The Juilliard School in operatic arts in the 1920s and later trained, performed and taught voice in New York and many European cities. She eventually returned to Waco in 1950 and taught at the School of Music at Baylor University.
Tina's interview was recently digitized by the BUIOH and her story is now available in both transcript and audio form HERE. You can also browse over sixty items (such as newspaper advertisements from the 1920s announcing upcoming performances) in the general Baylor Digital Collection referencing Ms. Piazza HERE.