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(E) Research on Croatian fishermen
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  06/1/2003 | History | Unrated
(E) Research on Croatian fishermen


 I am researching and writing a book on Croatian Fishermen and Oystermen in
 America from 1750 to 2000. They could have been known as Dalmatians,Istrians,
 Austrians, Slavs, Slavonians or Yugoslavs.
 It will include an extensive biography, bibliography and index offishermen
 in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, California, Oregon, Washington,
 Alaska and Canada.

 It will also include pioneer:

 Fish-Oyster Restaurants
 Oyster Saloons
 Ship Captains
 Ship Yards

 I would appreciate any information or help you could provide. Directoriesof
 fishermen (I can pick out the Croatians) or human interest stories are
 welcome. I would like lists of fishermen in the following manner, ifpossible:

 Marinovich, Mate    1932  Fisherman      Boat Name Biloxi    Ms    Brac
 Antich, George  1945  Fisherman    Boat Name   Biloxi    Ms    Dalmatia
 Matulich, John  1926  Oysterman    Boat Name   San Pedro   Ca          Istria
 Zitkovich, Luka 1965  Oysterman   Boat Name   Plaquemines La         Split

 Thanks,                Adam S. Eterovich
 2527 San Carlos Ave.
 San Carlos, CA 94070

 In February 1929, Sunset Magazine adopted the editorial policy that still
 guides it: a magazine of Western living for people who live in the West.Over the
 years, the recipes that have appeared in its pages have become a historyof
 Western tastes. They first presented San Francisco’s famous Cioppino in1941,
 crediting its invention to San Francisco fishermen from the DalmatianCoast
 (Croatia). Dungeness crab is the star of this robust shellfish stew; clamsand
 shrimp add their flavors, too. It’s traditional to sop up the thicktomato and
 garlic sauce with lots of extra-sour sourdough bread.

 Dalmatian-Istrian fishermen from the Dalmatian coast and islands ofCroatia
 were fishermen and oystermen in the bayous of Louisiana, at Biloxi,
 Mississippi, Mobile Bay, Alabama and on the Texas Gulf Coast for up to twohundred years.
 During the Gold Rush of 1848 they came to San Francisco. Tadich Grill isthe
 oldest restaurant and fish house in San Francisco  being organized by
 Dalmatians from Croatia in 1849. Other famous fish restaurants were MayesOyster House
 (1860’s), Sam’s (1880’s) Chris’s, Harpoon Louies, and many others,all
 owned by Dalmatians. By 1880 there were over 250 Dalmatian fishermen inSan
 Francisco. The Fishermen’s Association had Dalmatian-Croatians aspresidents and
 officers in the 1860’s-1870’s.
 Many of the Dalmatian fishermen left San Francisco for the state of
 Washington, Oregon, Canada and Alaska, others went to San Pedro inSouthern California.
 In the 1830’s Captain John Dominis-Gospodnetich operating out of Hawaii
 barreled and shipped the first salmon out of the state of Washington tothe Eastern
 United States and established the Salmon Trade. His son John
 Dominis-Gospodnetich married an Hawaiian princes who became the last queenof Hawaii-Queen
 Lilioukalani and Dominis-Gospodnetich became the King-Consort. AnotherDalmatian
 fisherman with his boat settled on an island off the Canadian Coast and
 married an Indian woman and later was obligated to also marry her twowidowed
 sisters. He had 28 children and three wives. He became wealthy and hispicture with
 his wife appeared as a lable on canned salmon.
 The Dalmatian-Croatian made a considerable contribution to the fishing
 industry and style of fish preparation in America.


 The cuisine of Dalmatia and the islands follows the trend of the modern
 nutritionist recommendations. The short preparation of foodstuffs (mainlycooking
 or grilling) and plenty of fish, olive oil, vegetable and self-grown herbs
 found near the sea is why this cuisine is considered very healthy.


 Eterovich, Adam S. Gold Rush Pioneers From Croatia, Bosnia-Hercegovina and
 the Boka Kotor. San Carlos: Ragusan Press, 2003. Soft Cover, 81/2x11.$25.00.
 Covers the Gold Rush of 1848 in California and the Silver Boom of 1859 in
 Nevada. Included are the saloons, coffee saloons, and restaurants. Allpioneers are
 listed in an extensive Index.

 Eterovich, Adam S. Croatian Contributions to San Francisco from 1849-1949to
 Restaurants, Coffee Saloons, Oyster Saloons, Saloons, Liquor,
 Importers-Exporters, Fruits-Produce, Fishermen-Oystermen and Mariners. SanCarlos: Ragusan
 Press, 2003. Soft Cover. 215 pages. Illustrated. $25.00.

 Eterovich, Adam S. Croatians in California, 1849-1999. San Carlos, Ca:
 Ragusan Press, 2000. 650 pages. $30.00. Gold Rush pioneers, the wildwest-saloons,
 restaurants, farms, orchards, vineyards, fishermen, music, celebrations,
 societies, churches and 1000's of individuals. 800 biographies. 115Illustrations.

 Eterovich, Adam S. and Simich, Jerry L. General Index to Croatian Pioneersin
 California, 1849-1999. San Carlos, Ca.: Ragusan Press. 1999. 370 pages.
 $30.00. An Index by Name, Date, Occupation or Activity, Location, Town ofOrigin
 and Reference Source. Abstracted from cemeteries, voting registers,census,
 society records church records and other source. 45,000
 individuals plus family  groups.

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  • Comment #1 (Posted by C Hebert)

    Is this still current? I cannot tell when it was posted. I am from Biloxi MS. There is a great Face Book Page dedicated to the families in the area of Biloxi MS, where our ancestors were fishermen and factory workers. Some were Cajuns, but most were Bohemians from Dalmatia, etc.
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