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Catalog Number WF 4763
Caption SURYAN extended family
Description This portrait of the extended Suryan family was taken at a family celebration in the basement of the Dick and Marie Suryan family home located at 1111 14th Street. Clockwise from far left: Margaret Franulovich and her husband Rudy Franulovich, Dick Suryan and his wife Marie (child unidentified), Ann Suryan and her husband Bill, unknown woman, John Suryan and his wife Maria, three standing in back unidentified, four sitting in back unidentified, "Big Joe" Suryan and his wife Violet (standing/ right side of photograph), Doris Baxter Suryan and her husband John "Obritz" Suryan, Louise Suryan Kearney, unidentified woman holding child, Lena Suryan Anich, and unidentified young girl.

Dominick "Dick" and Mary Suryan are listed in the 1917 city directory living at 1216 15th Street. Dominick was a fisherman and may have been the head of the Suryan family that gradually grew in Anacortes. The 1921 directory listed Richard Suryan (1218 15th), and John and Marie Suryan (1216 15th). Dick Suryan is first listed as residing at 1111 14th Street in the 1923-1924 Polk Directory. The 1929 directory listed Richard and Marie, Anton and May, Frank and Annie, John and Doris, and Joseph and Mary Suryan; all but one of the male heads of these families were listed as fishermen. The 1937 directory listed Antone and Mary, Anton and Viola, Frank and Anna, and John and Mary Suryan, all supported by fishing. The 1948 directory included Anton and Mary, Frank and Anna, Joseph and Catharine, and Lloyd and Emma, again all supported by fishing.

"Big Joe" Suryan, aka Joe M. Suryan, was born in Vela Luka, and came to the United States at age 4. He was referred to as "Big Joe" to differentiate him from his cousin, "Little Joe" Suryan. "Big Joe was not particularly large, but was bigger than his cousin. Joe M. married Violet Antonovich who was born en route from Vela Luka to San Pedro, California.

The Suryan family operated both collectively and independently for years in the salmon business, both as purse seine fishermen and cannery operators here and in Alaska. They owned Far North Packing. [This information supplied by Don Suryan (son of Big Joe Suryan) in a visit to the Anacortes Museum on June 11, 2012]

"According to historian Pat Roppel in her book SALMON FROM KODIAK, the Moser Bay Cannery, the last cannery to be built in the area, was established by the Far North Packing and Shipping Company, an operation of the Suryan family of Anacortes, Washington. The operation passed through ownership by Libby, McNeil & Libby, and Columbia-Wards Fisheries before putting up one last pack in 1958". Baranov Museum website
Date 1930s c. late
Photographer BRADY, Ferd
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects People
Place - Anacortes, WA
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms people
Object Name Print, Photographic