[ Four markers are mounted to a four sided kiosk. ]The J?come ChildrenAll thirteen children of Carlos and Dionicia J?come grew up working in their family store. They played important roles in the development of the store and they were involved in every aspect of the business. In 1928, Carlos incorporated the store with his thirteen children. Each felt responsibility, inherited from their parents, for community involvement, and many of their descendants are still active in the Tucson area. Our community continues to benefit from their contributions in the field of education, philanthropy, arts and culture.
1896 - 1980This area was the final location of J?come's Department Store from 1951 to 1980. For twenty-nine years the people of Tucson and our neighbors in Mexico frequented this site. The concept of retail clustering began in the Tucson area when business rival, Harold Steinfeld agreed to build and lease a store to J?come's in order to create a retail hub downtown.
J?come's is best remembered as a successful, three-generation, family owned and operated department store. It represented one of the many successes achieved by the dedicated Mexican people who pioneered this city. The success of J?come's was based on community involvement and dedication to the principles of honest dealings and personal friendly service.
In addition J?come's commissioned works of art establishing a precedent for private sector support of local artists. J?come's displayed the artistic works of Salvador Corona, Dale Nichols and Edith Hamlin. Hamlin's medallions were mounted above the arches on the exterior entrances at both Stone and Pennington and became the lasting symbol of J?come's store.
At the Scott and Congress location, J?come's underwent two complete renovations before moving to a more prominent location at Stone and Pennington. For eighty-four years J?come's evolved, grew and prospered as did the City of Tucson. The decline of J?come's mirrored the decline of retailing in downtown Tucson.
The J?come family wished to recognize and thank the many employees whose hard work, dedication, and loyalty were critical to is success.
Carlos C. Jacome, Jr.,1891-1965 · Anita J?come Dalton, 1893-1957 · Sara J?come Parker, 1894-1964 · Josephine J?come Bloom, 1896-1993 · Rose J?come Aros, 1897-1994 · Henry G. J?come, 1898-1984 · Juan G J?come, 1900-1980 · Ramon G. J?come, 1902-1978 · Frank J?come, 1902-1978 · Alejandro G. J?come, 1906-1987 · Arthur G. Jacome 1907-1987 · Richard G. J?come, 1911-1962 · Augustine E J?come, 1912-1999
Carlos Corella J?come
1870 - 1932
Ures, Sonora - Tucson, Arizona
Dion?cia Germ?n J?come
1869 - 1927
Ures, Sonora - Tucson, Arizona
In 1870, Carlos Corella J?come was born to a family of very modest means in Ures, Sonora, Mexico. In the late 1870's, the family moved to Tucson in the fertile Santa Cruz River valley. As a nine year old, Carlos stopped his education and went to work as a laborer at the Placita de San Agustin. His hard working, cheerful and conscientious nature attracted the attention of Mr. Isadore Mayer who hired the youngster. Carlos worked for Mayer & Brothers Dry Goods Store as a cash boy for two years and then became a clerk at L. Zeckendorf and Company, forerunner of Steinfeld's Department Store. This proved to be the strong foundation that supported the evolution of his family retail business.
In the early 1880's, Dion?cia Germ?n and her mother, Do?a Trinidad Montijo Jerm?n, arrived in Tucson from Ures, Sonora. Dion?cia married Carlos in 1889, and the combined family moved into Do?a Trinidad's home at 271 North Stone Avenue which still stands as of this date.
After 15 years at L. Zeckendorf, Carlos was ready to start his own business. He and Loreto Carrillo opened La Bonanza in 1896. The next evolution was J?come and Manzo, which he formed with Genaro S. Manzo. By 1913 Carlos was on his own, but he maintained lifelong friendships with his previous partners. In 1928, Carlos incorporated J?come's Department Store.
Carlos was naturalized as a United States citizen in October, 1894. Active in community and Political affairs throughout his life, he was one of the founding members of Alianza Hispano-Americana which provided important services to the Spanish speaking populace. At the Arizona Constitutional Convention convened in October, 1910, Carlos was one of five delegates elected to represent Pima County. When Arizona statehood became a reality in 1912, Carlos was very proud of his contribution to both his state and country.
Carlos remained active in business and community affairs until his death in 1932. The success of J?come's Department Store, Inc. during its eight-four year history is directly attributable to the hard work and sacrifice of Carlos and Dion?cia, their children and grandchildren.