Pueblo County, Colorado
RAPHAEL L. NARDINI
Contributed by Karen Mitchell.
Raphael L. Nardini, deceased, was for some time connected with the United
States government secret service department and at the time of his death was
engaged in the hotel business in Pueblo, where he ranked among the leading and
influential citizens, being especially prominent among those of his own
nationality. He was born in Tuscany, Italy, on the 16th of April, 1864, and was
a son of Julius and Hermine Nardini, who came to the new world with their family
when their son, Raphael L., was a youth of sixteen years. The family home was
established in Elmira, New York, where Raphael L. Nardini took up railroad
construction work. He afterward removed to Detroit, Michigan, and subsequently
to Iowa, while later he became a resident of Denver. He did contracting in team
work for many years and for a time was in the Cripple Creek district. His varied
experiences in Colorado made him largely familiar with the state, its
possibilities and its development. About 1899 he came to Pueblo, where he was
first engaged in merchandising on B street. There he remained until he built the
Arcade Hotel, after which he conducted the hostelry to the time of his demise,
which occurred on the 4th of November, 1909. He proved himself a most popular
hotel proprietor and his capable management won a liberal patronage. He also
owned other property in the city, including a restaurant. In fact his business
interests were being continually broadened throughout his active career and
whatever he undertook he carried forward to successful completion, for in his
vocabulary there was no such word as fail. He knew that when one avenue of
opportunity seemed closed he could mark out other paths whereby he might reach
the desired goal.
It was about 1888 that Mr. Nardini was united in marriage to Miss Adaline
Camilli and to them were born the following named: Julius R., who is continuing
his father's business; Richard, who is associated with his brother, Julius R.;
and Helen. The religious faith of the family is that of the Catholic church, of
which Mr. Nardini was a loyal supporter. Fraternally he was connected with the
Eagles. He had a wide acquaintance in Pueblo and commanded the respect and
goodwill of all who knew him. His friends were indeed many and his death was the
occasion of deep and widespread regret. All with whom he came in contact
acknowledged his genuine worth.
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