San Francisco 1800s

James E. Blethen

June 24, 1909, San Francisco Call, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.


Career of Distinguished Pioneer Brought to Close at Home of Daughter

OAKLAND. June 23.— James 10.  Blethen, twice mayor of Oakland, died at 6 o'clock ihis morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Sarah K. Dolbier, 464 East Sixteenth street, after an illness of five weeks. He was 81 years old.

The flags on the municipal buildings were lowered to half mast today in respect to Blethen's memory. He served as chief executive of the city in 1881 and 1882, being elected both years on the republican ticket, and for nearly half a century he was prominently identified with the public life of the state.

Blethen was a native of Maine, where he was born June 24, 1843. He was educated in Dover and learned the carpenter's trade there. In the gold excitement of 1849 he shipped for California around the Horn, arriving in San Francisco on the Golconda in November of that year. He worked his passage as a ship's carpenter.

Soon after reaching San Francisco he formed a partnership with the late C. L. Taylor in the manufacture of sashes and doors and mill work, and in 1868 he bought the Pioneer mill at the foot of Broadway in Oakland, forming a new partnership with the late V. P. Terry. For several years he was also engaged in ranching.

Blethen was married twice and had nine children, all of whom are living.

Blethen was also at one time affiliated with the Society of California Pioneers.

The funeral will be held. Friday aflernoon at 2:30 o'clock from the. Masonic temple, under the auspices of the Masons. The burial services in Mountain View cemtery will be conducted by the Odd Fellows.

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