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Juan Girona Genaro ("Henry John") GUTIERREZ

Juan Girona Genaro ("Henry John") GUTIERREZ

Male 1870 - 1953  (83 years)

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  • Name Juan Girona Genaro ("Henry John") GUTIERREZ 
    Born 5 Jun 1870  Bagatelle St. near corner of Josephine, New Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Separated from family at young age and seems to not have known actual birthdate; instead, used birthdate of 1/2/1869, which is on tombstone
    Gender Male 
    Also Known As “Narrow” 
    Baptism 1 Sep 1870  Annunciation Catholic Church, New Orleans, LA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • corner of Marais and Mandeville in Marigny/St. Rock/Bywater area
    Cause of Death heart disease 
    Occupation owned coal and ice company 
    Residence Abt 1877  Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • moved from New Orleans to Biloxi
    Died 2 Jul 1953  Biloxi, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Old Biloxi Cemetery, Biloxi, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Baptismal record shows name as "Jenaro Juan Gutierrez", a variation of name on birth certificate that is closer to anglicized form of name he used most of his life, Henry John Gutierrez.

      Orphaned at an early age. He had very little education, was a hard worker, always having a horse and a couple of mules. He did stray work and tried hard to give his children what he was so deprived of. He spoke several different languages.

      According to Thelma Gutierrez, he moved from New Orleans to the Mississippi Gulf Coast as a teenager, with the DeLamare family. He trained and took care of horses for Jefferson Davis at Beauvoir.

      On August 22, 1906, The Daily Herald (Biloxi, Miss.) reported: "Henry Guitterrez [sic], who for a number of years has been identified in Biloxi with the wood and ice business, is making preparations to enter into the coal business also on a substantial scale.  Mr. Guitterrez has a yard on the railroad to the west of the freight depot on which he has erected sheds and is putting in a large wagon scale, the second one in town.  Both soft coal and anthracite will be handled."

      Issued license by U.S. Dept. of Commerce and Labor to operate steamboats in the district of Galveston, Texas for the period May 1913-May 1918.

      He began Henry J. Gutierrez Co. in 1906 at corner of railroad and Bohn St., dealing in retail/wholesale coal, ice and, in the early days, wood for stoves. In 1920, he renamed the business City Delivery Co. and moved to the corner of the railroad and Delauney St. (present-day George Ohr St.).

      Entered retail ice business in 1916. H.J. Gutierrez and Son delivered ice for Biloxi Artesian Company. Superintendent of operations for Glacier Refrigeration Corp. on Magnolia Street (north of railroad), built in 1923.

      Henry John and his sister, Rachel (born Raphaela), were separated at a young age. He grew up in New Orleans, and she in Biloxi. They found each other by accident as adolescents. I have not determined how she came to be in Biloxi or found any evidence of her life in Biloxi.

      Gerald Blessey recalls spending lots of time with H.J. Gutierrez, learning to play poker from him during the summers at Ramsey Springs, where he was known as "Uncle Henry."
    Person ID I32  MyFamilyInfo
    Last Modified 11 Mar 2013 

    Father Fernando Domingo GUTIERREZ,   b. Abt 1834, Seville, Andalusia, Spain Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Caroline VICENTES,   b. Abt 1840, Missouri or Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 May 1874, 180 St. Anthony St., New Orleans, La. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 34 years) 
    Family ID F26  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rosa VENUS,   b. 31 Jul 1875, St. James Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jul 1945  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 28 Oct 1897  Biloxi, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Thelma Alphonsine GUTIERREZ,   b. 25 Feb 1898, Biloxi, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1986  (Age 88 years)
    +2. Charles Henry GUTIERREZ,   b. 31 Dec 1900, Biloxi, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Mar 1965, Biloxi, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
    +3. Lee Paul GUTIERREZ, Sr.,   b. 14 Mar 1903, Biloxi, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Dec 1979, Biloxi, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     4. Henry John GUTIERREZ,   b. 1 Nov 1907,   d. 19 Dec 1907  (Age 0 years)
     5. Louis Joseph GUTIERREZ,   b. 31 Aug 1909, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Aug 1978, Floral Hills Memorial Cemetery, Handsboro, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
    +6. Cecilia Rose GUTIERREZ,   b. 1 Mar 1917, Biloxi, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Feb 1966, Alexandria, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)
    Last Modified 18 Feb 2016 
    Family ID F25  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
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    Henry John Gutierrez
    Henry John Gutierrez

    Documents
    Steamboat license, Henry J. Gutierrez
    Steamboat license, Henry J. Gutierrez
    License issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce and Labor to operate steamboats in the district of Galveston, Texas for the term May 1913-May 1918.

    Headstones
    Henry and Rosa Venus Gutierrez
    Henry and Rosa Venus Gutierrez