P.K. Chaconas Co. Market circa 1915; George Chaconas pictured in front (Shorpy)
P.K. Chaconas Co. Market circa 1915; George Chaconas pictured in front (Shorpy)

Here’s a photo of George Chaconas in front of his market, located at 924 Louisiana Ave. NW. If you look near the top right of the photo, you’ll see what appears to be the tip of the Washington Monument.

George was 33 years old at the time of this photograph and originally from Greece. In the 1920 U.S. Census, at the age of 38, he lived at 809 H St. NE with his wife Marie, 22 (cradle robber), brother Nick, 48, and nephew Pete, 16, all originally from Greece as well.

Chaconas household at 809 H St. NE in 1920 U.S. Census
Chaconas household at 809 H St. NE in 1920 U.S. Census

Several other Chaconas’ lived on the same block, including James, his wife Athina, Harry, Demitria, Louise, Mary, and No Name (according to the U.S. Census). No Name was a baby listed as three months old. A number of other Greek families lived on the same block as well, so it was a little mini-Greek town.

James Chaconas' household in the 1920 U.S. Census
James Chaconas’ household in the 1920 U.S. Census

Here’s an article from the Washington Post on July 2nd, 1922 about the market.

The oldest established Greek-American firm in the Capital and probably the most prominent and successful one is the P.K. Chaconas & Company (Inc.), at Ninth and Louisiana avenue northwest.

Its officers, P.K. Chaconas, president; P.C. Nicolopoulos, vice president; Chas. Chaconas, secretary and treasurer. E.G. Nicolopoulos and P.G. Xedes, founded the business seventeen years ago, dealing in fruits, vegetables and groceries. As the commission district grew, so did the company. Their slogan reads: “Honesty in all business dealings,” and it is safe to say that is quite correct.

The charter member of the firm, P.K. Chaconas, first started the business at 1440 P street northwest, near Riggs market, more than a quarter of a century back. The latter is accredited for having originated in Washington the store on wheels, more familiarly known as the huckster wagon.

The aforementioned members of Chaconas & Company are active in all Greek-American affairs in business and society.

Baist real estate atlas from 1909 of 9th and Louisiana intersection
Baist real estate atlas from 1909 of 9th and Louisiana intersection
P.K. Chaconas Autocar testimonial advertisement in the Washington Post - March 20th, 1919
P.K. Chaconas Autocar testimonial advertisement in the Washington Post – March 20th, 1919
P.K. Chaconas & Co. advertisement in the Washington Times - April 14th, 1911
P.K. Chaconas & Co. advertisement in the Washington Times – April 14th, 1911

Thanks again to Shorpy for this one.

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  • ak

    For many years it was common among Greeks (and I am sure other cultures) for a man to first establish himself financially before marrying and starting a family. Wives were often much younger than husbands.