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 Achille Chiapella

Achille Chiapella

Birth
Aquitaine, France
Death 9 Jul 1881 (aged 67–68)
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
Burial New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
Memorial ID 100090361 · View Source
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"Mr. Achille Chiapella, President of the Union Insurance Company, is of Italian descent, his grandfather, Geronimo Chiapella, having come here from Geneva towards the middle of the last century. Of his two sons, Celestin and Stephen Chiapella, the former, after realizing a handsome fortune on his fine Sugar estate in the Parish of Plaquemine, went to live in France, where he purchased in the vicinity of Bordeaux, the celebrated vineyard of "Haut Brion, La Mission," better known to every Louisiana gourmet of the Ante Belbum? period, as the place where was produced the superb "C C" claret, so called because every bottle came here labeled with the initials of the proprietor. Stephen Chiapella, the father of the subject of this sketch, preferring the life of a sailor, too command of a merchant ship plying between New Orleans and Europe, where his son, Achiille Chiapella, received his education. Returning here, after completing his studies, Mr. Chiapella embraced the Notaries profession, in which he was very successful, and which he relinquished to assume the Presidency of the Union Insurance Company, which office he still continues to fill with much credit to himself and great advantage of the shareholders of that well managed corporation. Besides the above positions Mr. Chiapella was twice elected to the City Council at a period when that body was composed of many of our best and most intelligent citizens, and in which his knowledge of business, strict integrity and a thorough acquaintance with the wants of the city enabled him to render valuable service to the community.
He was one of the originators of the Opelousas Railroad and acted for a short period as its President. He was also the founder and presiding officer of the first Oddfellow's lodge established below Canal street.
Mr. Chiapella is yet in the full vigor of manhood, having been born in 1813. In addition to his laborious duties as President of the Union Insurance Company, he also fills the position of Director of our most important Banking Institution - the Citizen's Bank.
Affable in his manners, and generous in his hospitality, he is a gentleman of cultivated taste, a lover of the Fine Arts, and a liberal patron of artists and musicians. When the Opera Company was formed, Mr. Chiapella was selected as one of the Directors, and was retained in that position until 1871, when he declined a reelection.
If the Union Insurance Company owes much to its accomplished President, the latter has been fortunate in securing the services of its intelligent and popular Secretary, Mr. J. M. Crawford, a son of the late John Crawford, formerly Her B. Majesty's Consul in New Orleans, where he left a large circle of attached friends, and gave unlimited satisfaction to the mercantile community."


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  • Created by: I am Rosebud
  • Added: 3 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100090361
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Achille Chiapella (1813–9 Jul 1881), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100090361, citing Saint Louis Cemetery Number 1, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by I am Rosebud (contributor 46625551) .