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Simeon M Fucich (Fučić)

Also Known As: "Samuel"
Birthplace: Mali Losinj, Općina Mali Lošinj, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, Croatia
Death: Died in Louisiana, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Simun A Fučić and Johanna Fučić
Husband of Caliste Marie Fucich
Father of Johanna Delta Subat; Bella Boykin; Simeon M Fucich, Jr.; Lambert J Fucich; Emile Edward Fucich and 1 other
Brother of Blazius Fucich; Francis Fucich; Peter Fucich and John Fucich

Managed by: Joel Scott Cognevich
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About Simeon M Fucich

Fucich - Simeon M. Fucich - A Pioneer Of The Fish And Oyster Business In The Middle Gulf States Died Thursday Morning At Lake Shore Mississippi Where He Was Spending The Summer. A Native Of Austria, He Came To America At The Age Of 14 Years And Was Adopted By An Uncle, Anthony Fucich. He Was Born In Lussinpicolo Austria, June 15, 1852. After Residing For Several Years At Hazehurst Mississippi With His Uncle, Mr. Fucich Moved To New Orleans. In 1879 He Established Himself In The Fish And Oyster Industry, Succeeding The Firm Of Schenck & Fucich. He Built Up A Prosperous Business And Was Very Active In It's Management Until Recently. In 1874 He Married Caliste Martinez Of Donaldsonville And Only Last Saturday Celebrated Their Fortieth Wedding Anniversary. Besides The Widow, He Is Survived By Two Daughters And Four Sons, Mrs. A. M. (Delta) Subat Of New Orleans, Mrs. Bella Boykin Of Beaumont Texas, S. M. Fucich, Jr., Lambert J. Fucich, Emile Edward Fucich, And Valadimer Fucich. Mr. Fucich Was A Member Of The Elks, And The United Slovenian Benevolent Association. The Funeral Will Be Held Friday Afternoon At The Fucich Resident, 2017 Saint Phillip Street. Interment Will Be Held At New Orleans Saint Louis Cemetery Number 3. Times - Picayune Friday August 28, 1914 5, Col. 3., Submitted By Don Fucich

FUCICH, SIMEONE Oyster Business-Fucich Bayou-Mariner

Simeone, the son of Simeone Anthony Fucich and one of 14 children, was born on the island of Losinj in northern Dalmatia on June 15, 1852. He died on August 27, 1914. He was educated in the marine academies of Dalmatia where he was trained to serve as an officer in the merchant marine. He left his native country at age 14 to come to America to live with his Uncle Antonio Fucich in Hazelhurst, Mississippi. Sam, as he was known, worked with his uncle in the produce business where he learned the principals of doing business with the public.

In 1869, he and his Uncle Antonio moved to New Orleans where they joined forces with M. Popovich and opened a corner grocery store at the corner of Ursuline and Gallatin Streets. Seeing a need for fresh seafood and a good source of supply he traveled to Donaldsonville where he later met Marie Caliste Martinez. They were married in the Catholic Church in Donaldsonville on August 18, 1874. He decided that there was a need for a good seafood shop in New Orleans, so he opened his first shop in 1875, on Calliope Street between Magnolia and Clara Streets. His Uncle Antonio and his brother Blazich ran the day to day business while he continued to search for a constant supply of fresh

seafood. He soon found that a better source of seafood could be obtained in Pointe a la Hache in Plaquimine Parish. Business flourished and in 1883, he moved his seafood shop to a larger building located at # 4 N. Front Street in New Orleans. Business continued to grow; therefore, in 1885 he moved to an even larger building located at # 8 Dumaine Street.

With the increase in business and the constant need for even more fresh oysters, he purchased land in Plaquimine Parish, leased oyster beds, and constructed camps where the oyster fishermen could live. He also went into partnership with Mr. Alvin Lee in a General Mercantile Store and Post Office in order to supply the oystermen with food, tools, and housing; and in turn they would sell their oysters to him. He formed what is known today as the first oyster co-op, previously none had operated in this manner or on such a large scale.

In 1892, to facilitate the deliverery and insure an ample supply of oysters, he had the Nestor Canal at Nestor Louisiana dug so that the fishermen could bring the oysters to the Mississippi River where the luggers S. S. Grover Cleveland, the M. V. Reliance, and other vessels could pick up the oysters and deliver them to the Picayune Wharf in New Orleans. Business continued to grow; he was shipping oysters, seafood, and produce throughout the area. In August 1901 he purchased 532-36 Dumaine Street for his new shop which extended all the way to Madison Street. It was large enough to handle the volume of business he had established. He had many employees, including his three sons. The business was known as, "Crescent City Oyster And Fish Depot," later it became, "S. M. Fucich & Sons."Business was good and still growing, he began to slow down; and in 1914, while at his summer home in Lake Shore Mississippi, he died of acute indigestion. He was an innovator in the fish and oyster industry.

Simeone M. Fucich joined the United Slavonian Benevolent Association in May of 1875, he served as its vice-president from 1895 to 1897. He was president from 1901 to 1903, and again from 1909 to 1910.

Fucich Bayou near Pointe a la Hache was named in his honor. Other family contributions in southern Louisiana came from Sam and his father. In the early 1880's, the Catholics in Donaldsonville planned on building a new church. They needed marble columns for inside the new church. S. M. Fucich contacted his father living in Losinj Mali, Croatia who bid on the project, won the bid and proceeded to carve the columns. It was reported in the Donaldsonville Chief newspaper of September 17, 1881, that they were being carved by Simeone Anthony Fucich, father of the recent townsman, Simeone M. Fucich. In the May 5, 1883, issue of the Chief, it was reported that the twenty marble columns consisting of sixty-two pieces were in New Orleans waiting to be shipped to Donaldsonville by barge and delivered to a make shift dock across from the site of the new church. These columns are in the church which still stands today.

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Simeon M Fucich's Timeline

June 15, 1852
Mali Losinj, Općina Mali Lošinj, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, Croatia
Age 25
August 27, 1914
Age 62
Louisiana, United States