RESEARCH ON CROATIANFISHERMEN
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:
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
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.
BOOKS BY ADAM S. ETEROVICH
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.