In the Daily Territorial Enterprise for January 10, 1863, Virginia City, Territory of Nevada, a front page advertisement prominently announced:
San Francisco Fruit Store
“C” Street, Corner of Union
Has on hand and offers for at the lowest cash prices,
the following goods, to wit:
100,000 lbs. Flour, best brands;
50,000 lbs. Barley;
4000 gals. Kerosene oil;
4000 gals. Camphene;
2000 gals. Lard oil;
700 boxes Winter apples;
350 boxes Autumn apples and pears;
370 boxes Candy, assorted;
385 Bags Nuts, assorted;
5000 boxes Figs;
1000,000 boxes Cigars;
50,000 lbs. Tobacco, assorted;
Letter, note and bill paper;
Envelopes, etc.; paints, oils, and colors; a large assortment
of garden seeds; wholesale and retail.
Marco Medin, pioneer from Budva, was one of the first pioneers in the Nevada territory during the Great Silver Boom in the 1860’s and ‘70’s. He was also one of the first Slavonians in the territory. He came from San Francisco in 1861 having had a fruit store at 115 Kearney Street, in 1856, a coffee stand on Market Street in 1859 and another fruit store at Kearney and Dupont Streets in 1860. His San Francisco Fruit Store was one of the Largest establishments of its kind in the Nevada Territory and State.
Grant H. Smith in this history of the Comstock Lode mentions the Medin Building in pages 53 and 54. It is interesting to note that this was one of the largest brick buildings in Virginia City during the 1860’s. The building can be seen on the right side of the street int he photograph taken in 1865 on “C” Street, Virginia City. (1)
PICTURE MEDIN BUILDING VIRGINIA CITY
Marco married an Irish girl, Susan, either in San Francisco of Virginia City during the 1850’s or early ‘60’s. His sons were John, Bernard, Marco and daughters Carry and Ann. The United States census for 1870 lists his family as living in Virginia City. The Nevada State Census for 1875 lists the family in White Pine Country, Nevada. As many of the Slavonian Pioneers, Marco married an Irish girl and undoubtedly spoke English with an Irish accent. He had a brother, Alexander, who was his business associate in San Francisco during the 1850’s. Alexander later opened a branch of Marco’s business at Austin, Nevada, called the Virginia Branch Fruit Store.
Silver mines were located at Hamilton and Treasure City (now ghost towns) in White Pine County during 1869. To get in on the ground floor, Marco immediately departed for the rich silver district. The editor of the White Pine News on April 8, 1869 noted Marco’s arrival with the following announcement:
Real Estate-- Marco Medin, recently from Virginia City, yesterday paid $14,000 in gold coin, for the lot northeast corner of Main and Dunn Sts., Hamilton. The lot fronts 100 feet of Dunn St. and 75 feet on Main, the Medin intends erecting, first a tent, but afterward a substantial building, to be occupied as a fruit store. Medin belongs to that class of our foreign born citizens (sclavonians_ who form a large portion of the bone and muscle and public spirit of the mining regions of Nevada, and we hope he may find his investment a good one.
Marco apparently changed his mind about erecting a fruit store as the Inland Empire Newspaper in White Pine County on October 4, 1870, listed the following advertisement.
Bar and Billiard Room
Corner of Main and Dunn Sts.
Drinks 12-1/2˘/ billiards 25˘
Marco was a true pioneer and a credit to the State of Nevada. His life, labors, and energies were spent in service to many worthy efforts. He was a member of the Virginia Exempt Fire Assn., Engine Co. No. 4; a leader in the Slavonian Colony in Nevada; a pioneer wholesale fruit dealer; pioneer builder; and most of all, a pioneer builder of the State of Nevada.
Marco invested in many of the first mining ventures and was listed as a Capitalist on the U.S. Census. He id not restrict his efforts to wholesale fruit and saloon ventures but also opened and located his own silver mine and became very wealthy in the process. The following article of Incorporation in on file at the State Archives and is evidence of this pioneering spirit:
Territory of Nevada
County of Storey June 29, 1863
The undersigned having this day formed a corporation for the purpose of mining, do hereby certify that the name of said corporation shall be Medin Gold and Silver Mining Company.
That the Object of said corporation is to carry on and conduct the business of mining on the certain veins of lodes known by the name of Mina Granda or Series of Ledges.
And situated in the district of County known as the Argentine
Mining District Washoe County, Nevada Territory.
The amount of the Capital Stock of said corporation shall be
one hundred thousand dollars, which shall be divided into one
thousand shares for one hundred dollars each.
the said corporation shall exist for the term of fifty years,
and its concerns shall be managed by a board composed of five
The principal place of business of said corporation shall be
in the county of Storey, Nevada Territory where an Office shall
be kept for the purpose.
The following persons, to-wit:
C. H. Krebs
Shall be the trustees to manage the concerns of said
corporation for the first three months.
Certificate of Record
Territory of Nevada
County of Storey
Nelson W. Winton, Clerk of the Probate Court of Storey County,
Nevada Territory, do hereby certify that the above and foregoing
is a full, true and correct copy of the original which now remains on file in y office at Virginia City, in said
county and territory.
In testimony whereas, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed
the seal of said court, this twenty-ninth day of June, A.D.
In 1884 Marco moved with his family to Butte, Montana and became a leading citizen in the commercial and business community. A local history of Montana mentions Marco: (3)
Marco Medin-- It is fitting that memoir be here entered of this honored pioneer of the Pacific coast, for his life was one of signal usefulness and honor, concerned with affairs of wide scope and importance and attended with a success worthy the name, though a number of his ventures were unfortunate. He made a record of which any man might well be proud, and his name is honored in the three states with whose history he was conspicuously identified. Marco Medin was born in Budua, Dalmatia, Austria, on May 4, 1824, the son of Anton Medin, who was for many years a prominent merchant and influential citizen of Budua, of which he had the distinction of serving as mayor for sixteen years and where his death occurred Marco was the eldest of five children, and his education was received in the excellent schools of Budua, and he was there identified with mercantile pursuits until 1850, when he emigrated to America, and by the Panama route made his way to California, attracted by the gold excitement.
From that state, in 1861, he removed to Virginia City, Nec., where he engaged in merchandising, as he ad been in California. He made extensive investments in mines, and, although successful in a number of ventures, he here lost fully $250,000. In September 1884, he came to Montana, locating in Butte, where he was merchandising until his death on June 24, 1901. He devised his business to his sons and the residue of his estate to his cherished wife. Mr. Medin enjoyed the esteem of those who knew him and was acknowledged as one of the large-hearted business men of Montana’s metropolis. he was a stanch supporter of Democratic principals and policies. June 16, 1865, Mr. Medin was united in marriage with miss Sarah Thornton, a native of Ireland, who survives him, as for their six children, who were born in Nevada, and of whom we enter brief record as follows: Antoinette is the wife of Marco Zarick, of Sacramento, Cal.; Marco J., a young business man of Butte; Sarah, wife of J. J. O’Meara, of Butte; Mamie, wife of John G. Holland of Butte; Annie (deceased), wife of W. A. O’Brien, of Butte, and Tony, who is in business in Butte. Mr. Medin, at his death, was the owner of a large amount of Nevada real estate and had a valuable holdings in Great Falls.
Marco Medin, Jr., one of the progressive young men of Butte, is attending to the settlement and management of his father’s estate. He supports the Democratic party, and was for two years representative of the Fourth ward in the city council, and in 1901 was the Democratic candidate for city treasurer, only being defeated by divisions in the party ranks, which made the contest an unequal one. He had been connected with mercahndising and banking from the time of his entering the active duties of life, having been an executive in the Wells-Fargo bank in Virginia City, Nev., and being a bookkeeper in Butte for the Anaconda Company. He was president of the Finely-Medin Drug Company until the business was old and still retains an interest in the business.
1. Grant H. Smith, History of the Comstock Lode, 1850-1920 (Bureau of Mines, Nevada), pp. 53 and 54.
2. Zajednicar, January 15, 1964, Pittsburgh.
3. Progressive Men of the State of Montana (A. W. Bowen & Co., Publishers, 190?), 2 V.