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Reader's view: Paulucci’s life included lost love in Superior

Published 11/29/2011, Duluth News Tribune

I knew Jeno Paulucci in an ancient time, from 1943 to 1945. He was assistant manager of Constans Market on Second Avenue West near the Garrick Theater. The restless Jeno told the market’s owner, Dave Persha, he wanted to start a business making canned Chinese food, but he needed a large floor space for hydroponic tanks to grow bean sprouts. Persha asked his friend, Pete Wiggins, my father, if he would rent to Jeno a large upstairs warehouse space at 221 W. First St. My father, who was the Duluth manager for Western Casket, used the warehouse space to store vaults. Adjoining was an office and a casket showroom. Dad agreed to rent the space to Jeno, and the bean sprouts grew well there. Jeno rented an old canning factory (that later burned down) in South Superior to set up the Chinese food cannery. Chun King was born.

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