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The Mazzetti Family
Mazzetti’s Bakery and Grocery store was originally located in Williamsburg in 1896. It was probably the oldest Fremont County business existing, moving to the Rockvale location in 1915.
The Mazzetti family used a similar Dutch Oven (as shown below) to bake that wonderful bread that w
as crusty on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside. Martin and Bill would have your loaf all wrapped and tied with string, waiting for you if you were on their daily list. They only made 200 loaves a day, five days a week–never on Friday or Sunday. Bill would get up at 3 a.m. to start the dough and form the bread. Then they would fire up the oven with cedar wood. When the first 100 loves were baked, Martin and Mary would wrap them while the next 100 baked. By the time the bread was done, it was time for Martin to open the store and Mary would head up “school hill” to teach.
Dolly was a nurse in the local hospitals. The other siblings–Max, Marian, and Antoinette–were married. Bill would take a nap then be in the store while Martin delivered groceries to local homes and picked up fresh produce and supplies for the store.
Mazzetti’s Bakery, which sold wonderful Italian-style bread from its big, old ovens in Rockvale merchandised its bread throughout Fremont County and Pueblo County. Mazzetti’s bread was sold to many of the restaurants in the counties.
Of the numerous business Rockvale once had, only Mazzetti’s General Store remained open until the 1980’s. It was operated by Martin and Bill, sons of the original founder, Charles Mazzetti. (Mazzetti’s nephew, J. B. Scavarda operated the older store until the closing of the mines.) Charles’ first wife, Mary Anne, died in 1902 and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery. He returned to Italy for three months and married his wife’s sister, Lucia. Charles and Mary had two children, Antoinette and Mary. He and Lucia had five children: Martin, Max, Marian, William, and Martha (better known as Dolly). Charles died in 1951 and Lucia in 1953.
Mazzetti’s store still stands as a reminder to all of a cherished era gone by. Not only was it a place to buy groceries but it was a gathering place for the community. In the winter, it had an inviting fire to stand beside and warm the body and soul. Also one could find a bulletin board which posted lists of jobs to do, something needed, something lost or something found. Before government regulations, Mazzetti was a place to buy eggs just brought in from neighboring hen house. Maybe someone needed a can of kerosene to keep warm or needed to catch up on news of the town. Mazzetti was the place to do all this.
Mazzetti Store – A Landmark Damaged
On March 13, 2008, the building that was once Mazzetti Grocery Store caught fire. The damage was significant.
IN JOE CRESTO’S WORDS, “This is a picture of my mother and father’s wedding day. My mother, *Antoinette, married Joseph Achille Cresto that day (April 26, 1924). Her bridesmaid was her sister Mary Mazzatti and the best man (on the left) was Marm Kochan (Mike).
The Kochans were a family who were born and raised in Rockvale but as with most people moved away after the mine closed (in 1927). Kochans were a family of Slovenian origin, I think. My father really didn’t have a nickname but everyone called him Chille, a derivative of his middle name Achille.
They married in St. Patrick’s church there in Rockvale and in fact two doors from the Mazzetti house. (in this picture) They were standing in the front yard of the Mazzetti looking toward the Charles Caldirola butcher shop in the background but it is hidden by the two men. The house on the left was the Ball residence, diagonally across from the church. They were a Slovenian family whose name had been changed but the sons were born about 1905 and both had Slovenian nicknames. Andy, who I knew quite well lived his whole life in Fremont County working as a guard at the state penitentiary. Everybody in Rockvale called him Draech.
The house on the right background was the Simone’s. They had a lovely daughter, Annie, who in the early years was a sweetheart of my Uncle Martin (Mazzetti of Mazzetti Grocery).
Chilli and Antoinette Cresto left after they married to take over a bakery business in Helper, Utah. They had a successful business there until the depression closed many mines in that area. While there my brother and I were born (1926 and 1931). They returned in 1932 to operate a mine at Brookside. Later, a mine in the South Field and one up on Coal Creek. They lived at Brookside for the rest of their lives. Chille died in 1970 and Antoinette in 1990. They are buried in the cemetery in Canon City.”