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Louis is the son of Italian immigrants who had settled in the west end of Port Norris. They were farmers like other Italian families in this part of town - known as “Little Italy”. He has worked on the family farm since he was a child. He and his brothers Phil and Joe took over the farm 1947. As Capaldi Bros, they raised string beans, lettuce, broccoli, tomatoes - what was known as "truck farming" . In 1973 they transitioned to raising soy beans over 800 acres of land, which they still grow today.
In 1956, Louis married Marion Olivio of Rosenhayn, with whom he has two daughters, Denise and Lisa.
The Capaldi Bros. also planted oysters in the 1960's, with their schooner "Ollie I Collie".
He has been a lifelong member of St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church in Port Norris, a church his father helped build.
In 1996, Capaldi Farms expanded into doing machine work, creating custom parts for Berry's Casket Factory in Port Norris. Louis is still farming today with no plans for retirement. Though he never went past eighth grade, Louis has helped run a successful farm for over sixty years. He has never worked anywhere but the family farm, a fact he is proud of. On November 21, 2010 Louis was recognized as a Living Legend of Port Norris.
Sources: Louis Capaldi, Marion Capaldi, Dominic Capaldi
Louis Capaldi presented with the Living Legend Award from daughters Denise, left, and Lisa.
Capaldi Farms Century Farm Award
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