Christ (Kristo) Dedic was born on 16 September 1881 in the fishing village of Kampor on the Island of Rab, Dalmatia, Croatia, Austro-Hungarian Empire. Kampor is on the south-western part of the Kvarner island of Rab, on Kamporski bay. Kampor is known for homegrown vegetables and fruits as well as recently caught fish. Christ became a sailor in the Austro-Hungarian navy and learned to handle high explosives. He married Antica Peric, a native of Kampor. He died in retirement just short of his 81st birthday in September 1962 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was buried on 11 September 1962 in Resurrection Cemetery and Mausoleum, Saint Louis, Missouri.
According to family oral history, Christ visited Saint Louis, Missouri during the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition. Information from the Ellis Island Archives indicates that Christ lived in New York around 1909 and 1910. He sailed to America in 1910 on the Steamship Oceania and returned to Antica in 1911. Again, he sailed to America on the Steamship Argentina in 1912, prior to the birth of their child, Annie (Anica) on 19 January 1913. Antica and Anica joined him in America on 30 August 1913. They had four children that lived to adulthood. A daughter, Sophia was their first born, but she died very young. A son, Anthony died shortly after birth in 1926.
Christ Dedic Family (1921): L/R Antica, Joe, Annie, Mary and Christ
Antica Peric was born on 16 May 1890 in fishing village of Kampor on the Island of Rab, Dalmatia, Croatia, Austro-Hungarian Empire. She married Christ Dedic in XXXXX on XXX, XXXX. . Antica and six month old Annie (Anica Antica) immigrated on 30 August 1913 to Ellis Island, New York arriving on board the Steamship Kaiser Franz Josef. Christ and Antica had five children. She died on 16 September 1941 in St. Louis, Missouri. She was buried on 19 September 1941 in Resurrection Cemetery and Mausoleum, Saint Louis, Missouri.
Steamship Kaiser Franz Josef I: Photo Richard Faber Collection
They had the following children:
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