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Biography of 	JUNG, Louis A.; Martinique, then Orleans Parish, Louisiana
Submitted by 	Mike Miller April 1998

Submitted to the LAGenWeb Archives
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Louisiana:  Comprising Sketches of Parishes, Towns, Events, Institutions, 
and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form (volume 3), pp. 227-228.  Edited 
by Alcée Fortier, Lit.D.  Published in 1914, by Century Historical 

Jung, Louis A., a leading figure in the commercial life of New Orleans, and 
son of Alexander A. Jung, was born on the Island of Martinique, in 1845.  
His father was a native of the same island, and was born in 1817.  In 
Martinique he had a place called Plateau Jung, on which he cultivated 
coffee.  He finished his education in France, where he graduated at the 
College of Louis le Grand.  In 1848, when 31 years of age, he came to New 
Orleans and made his home here the remainder of his life.  When he first 
came to this city he began to write for newspapers, but not finding it 
sufficiently remunerative, he engaged as a bookkeeper, at which he was an 
expert.  Because of his unfavorable experience at newspaper correspondence, 
he got the idea that in America an education was not worth while.  Shortly 
before the Civil war, Mr. Jung bought several slaves and gave a mortgage on 
them and when afterwards the slaves were freed, Mr. Jung considered that he 
was morally bound to pay off the mortgage, and so worked for several years 
at his bookkeeping to accomplish this end.  He died in New Orleans in 1897, 
at the age of 80 years.  The Jungs who remained on the Island of Martinique 
were prominent people there, but unfortunately half the family were killed 
by a tornado about 1898, and most of the remainder lost their lives by the 
eruption of Mt. Pelee.  An uncle of L. A. Jung lost all of his children, 
who took refuge in a barn at the time of the tornado.  One aunt of Mr. 
Jung, sister of his father, Madame Capra, who escaped these catastrophies, 
afterwards went to France, is now deceased.  Her granddaughter, Miss 
Capplen, was at one time Damoiselle d'Honneur at the Court of Sweden, is 
now deceased.  The children of Alexander Jung now in New Orleans are:  
Louis A.,  L. E., living on Jackson avenue, and 1 sister, who is now Sister 
Angele of St. Joseph's convent, in New Orleans.  Louis A. Jung came to New 
Orleans when 3 years old.  He attended McCauley's school, which was then on 
Camp street, but on account of the father's idea that in America an 
education was not valuable, he was taken out of school when but little more 
than 13 years old and put to work.  He began as clerk in a wholesale flour 
store, but afterwards went with Cambon & Avec, where he remained until he 
was 24 years old, when he went with Godchaux as confidential clerk and held 
this position for 12 years.  In 1881, at the age of 36, Mr. Jung went into 
the coal business on his own account.  In 1895 he took his sons into 
partnership with him and the firm became known as Jung & Sons.  It was 
later formed into a corporation, of which L. A. Jung is president.  Mr. 
Jung is also in the oil business, being vice-president of the Texas Oil
Co., to which concern he devotes most of his time.  In 1865 Mr. Jung was 
married to Miss Marie Azelie Ledossu d'Hébécourt, daughter of Francis 
Napoleon Ledossu d'Hébécourt, of New Orleans.  Mrs. Jung's great-grandfather
founded the city of Gallipolis, O., and the Portsmouth (O.) Republican of 
July 4, 1867, contained some sketches of French residents of Gallipolis and 
the following is copied from that paper: "Francois Anaclet d'Hébécourt was 
some 30 years of age at the time of the landing of the French immigrants at 
this place.  He was of commanding appearance, graceful in his manners, of 
finely cultivated mind and had been reared in luxury and ease; but few men 
among the immigrants possessed as much intelligence and acquaintance with 
life as d 'Hébécourt.  At the very outset his counsel was relied upon, and 
the immigrants on completing their voyage and route to the banks of "La 
Belle Rivier" being compelled to form a military company in order to defend 
themselves against the attacks of Indians, Gov. St. Clair was petitioned 
and asked to issue a commission to d 'Hébécourt as captain.  A commission 
was promptly forwarded and during the Indian war, from 1790 until peace was 
made in 1794, Capt. d'Hébécourt commanded the garrison, containing some 500 
French immigrants, to whom rations and provisions were furnished the 
greater part of the time by the United States commissaries.  While Captain 
d'Hébécourt was in command of the military force, he required a rigid 
adherence to military orders.  He had been an officer in the French army 
and was a perfect master of military tactics and garrison duties.  His 
company was divided into classes of 10 men to each class, who took turns 
in patrolling the country daily, so that every class would be called out 
1 day in 12 to make a circuit, starting out and going up or down the Ohio 
some 10 miles, then spreading apart and marching in a cautious and stealthy 
manner around the country so as to get to the river, above or below, as the 
case might be, and then to the garrison to report the day's operations.  
This line of conduct prescribed by Capt. d'Hébécourt was so successfully 
carried out that the Indians never approached without due notice to the 
garrison.  Indeed, the tact and military ability displayed by Capt. 
d'Hébécourt drew forth flattering testimonials from Col. Elbenzer Sproat, 
who was in command of the 6 garrisons of Washington county."  To Mr. and 
Mrs. L. A. Jung, the following children have been born:  Ambroisine, now 
Mrs. Ernest Develle;  Charles and  Theodore, members of Jung & Sons, and  
Rita, now Mrs. Stewart.

Bio for Louis A. Jung

Louis A. Jung is the father of Rita Jung who married Samuel Barton Stewart.

Owner of originalMike Miller
DateApr 1998
File namej-000013.txt
File Size5.91k
Linked toLouis Auguste Jung

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