The Cardosi family

Dec 31, 2014 1541

By Greg Hoersten

To the newspapers he was the "Banana King," an Italian immigrant who arrived in Lima in 1889 and grew a Public Square produce stand into a thriving distributorship by the early 20th century.

To his daughter Louise Cardosi, born Aug. 25, 1915, Victor Cardosi was the beloved father who "was always teaching me something," the father who took her on a memorable trip to in Italy in 1920, the father who drove an electric car nearly 100 years ago. "My father never liked gas cars, don't ask me why. I think he was afraid of them. Nobody would ride with him," she said.

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