Friday, July 18, 2008
Vincent Milatovich - Provided Delicacies and Liquor to Gold Rush Miners
[Milatovich gravestone photo by Michael Colbruno]
Vincent Milatovich emigrated from Dubrovnik, Dalmatia and operated a grocery store and saloon in and around Virginia City. His store became one of the largest foreign delicacy business in Nevada. In 1870, Milatovich opened a grocery and liquor store in Reno. His stores specialized in French and Italian wines, truffles, Italian mushrooms, roasted chestnuts, imported cheeses, sardines, herrings, Russian caviar and Pagoliano syrup.
Many Croatians arrived during the Gold Rush to work as miners, settling primarily in Virginia City, Carson City, Reno, Gold Hill and Eureka City. Many Croatians, like Milatovich, chose to make their living in businesses that supported the miners.
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