Photograph of Ida Butti with children, Henry and Rosina, Italy, ca. 1907
Black and white photograph of Ida Butti with children, Henry and Rosina. Taken in Italy, circa 1907.
Ida is seated holding something in her hands. She is wearing a dark coloured long skirt with a black long sleeve shirt. Rosina is standing to her left wearing a long sleeve top with a knee-length skirt. Henry is wearing a long shirt. They are leaning against a wall.
Peter Butti came to Canada in 1912 to work as an electrical engineer. Once established, Peter was able to bring over Ida and the children. During WWII, Peter's and Ida's son, Henry, and daughter-in-law, Myra, were designated as enemy aliens. The couple's son, Peter Henry Lawrence Butti, was six years old at the time but still remembers his parents reporting to the RCMP.