Well, you have made me a little curious. As best I can make it out, he is described as a "Custom House Officer" in the 1870 and 1880 census enumerations. That indicates to me that he most likely worked for the US Govenment's Customs Service, which has been around for a long time although I'm not sure that it was always called that - I'm sure that there are numerous histories of this outfit. I located a book titled "A History of the US Customs House at New Orleans" written by Stanley C. Arthus in 1940, NOPL has it but it might be a little difficult to find outside of a Louisiana library. However, if you can get hold of it then it might be worth the read.
I failed to mention that when I sought the Railroad Retirement records of my grandfather, all I got was a print-out of his job title, employer and earnings for a couple of years before he retired. They told me that all of his personnel files had been destroyed "in keeping with the Paper Work Reduction Act". I don't know if you'll run into that but be prepared.
I stumbled across the citation for Simon's death certificate: Orleans Parish Death Register, Vol. 103, page 735. However, I don't know if occupations are given on those early certificates.
Marie Eugenia Coste Green's obit also appeared in the newspapers - didn't she die on or about 16 January 1912? I assume that this is his wife.
Anyway, all of this is likely old news to you but thought I would pass it on just in case it helps.
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