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Catalog Number OH002.999.1
Object Name oral history
Scope & Content Interview covers Parisella's youth in North Beverly, his transition to adulthood through a stint in the military, and his subsequent return to Beverly where he purchased the business that would engage him throughout his life. Parisella offers commentary on changes in business in the area, the development of the neighborhood (North Beverly or Ryal side?) and discusses his successful challenge to the state's Sunday 'blue laws', which won him and other small business oners the right to remain open for business on Sundays.
Catalog type Archive
Dates of Creation 04/22/2002
Dates of Accumulation 2002
Creator Parisella, Ralph
Title Oral history interview with Ralph Parisella, 2002 Apr. 22
Admin/Biographical History Ralph Parisella was born in Beverly, Mass. to Italian immigrants, Elizabeth (Tanzella?) and Joseph Parisella. He attended trade school as a teenager and was drafted into the military upon his graduation in 1952. At the age of 22, after the completion of his military service, Parisella returned to Beverly and purchased a small variety store. Over time, Parisella continually expanded his store into a successful grocery business that became a neighborhood institution. During the 1970's Parisella successfully challenged the state's Sunday "blue laws", winning the right to remain open for business on Sundays.
Copyrights Permission of the Beverly Historical Society required to cite, quote, or reproduce any part of the interview, which is intended for educational or scholarly use only.
Collection Neighborhood Oral History Project
Finding Aids No finding aids are currently available.
Language of Material English
Related units of description



People Parisella, Ralph
Hammond, Fred
Search Terms Sunday legislation
Subjects Beverly (Mass.) |x Social life and customs
Sunday legislation - Massachusetts
Lexicon category 8: Communication Artifact
Lexicon sub-category Documentary Artifact