JAMES HARRIS LOVEJOY.
In the death of James Harris Lovejoy, of Napa, which occurred in 1914, this community lost one of its enterprising
business men and honored citizens, whose career here for over a quarter of a century lent honor and dignity to
the locality. Not only was he a business man of marked ability and progressive methods, but he was a man of force
of character and earnestness of purpose and a definite factor for good in the community.
Mr. Lovejoy was a native of the state of New Hampshire, and he was reared on a farm there, securing his education
in the schools of his home neighborhood. He learned the drug business, becoming a proficient pharmacist, and when
he was twenty six years of age he went to Calma, Iowa, and in partnership with his brother engaged in the drug
business at that place. Later he went to Lawler, in the same state, and engaged in the drug business in association
with John A. Green. He continued in business there until 1887, when he came to Napa, California, and bought the
only drug store here at that time. It had been established originally by Mr. Ludlow but was owned by a Mr. Langley
at the time Mr. Lovejoy bought it, so that up to the time of Mr. Lovejoy's death, in 1914, the store, during its
long existence, had had but three owners, all of whose names, peculiarly, began with the same letter. Mr. Lovejoy
was very successful in the operation of this business, being recognized as a competent, reliable and trustworthy
pharmacist, and he also carried a large and well selected stock of such accessories as are casually to be found
in an up to date drug store. His relations with the public were always pleasant and agreeable and he gained a high
place in the esteem and respect of all who had dealings with him. In community affairs he consistently supported
every measure or enterprise designed to benefit the general welfare, and his support was always found on the right
side of every moral issue.
In 1869, in Lawler, Iowa, Mr. Lovejoy was married to Miss Hannah B. Thomas, who was born and reared in Wisconsin,
and they became the parents of two children: Mrs. Blanche Broeker, who has a son, James M. Mackenzie; and Mrs.
Mabel E. Roper, who is the mother of three children, Lieutenant C. H. Roper, of the United States navy, who is
stationed at the Mare Island navy yard; Foster R. Roper, manager of the Lovejoy drug store; and Lotus Roper. There
are also two great grandchildren, both girls. Mr. Lovejoy was an earnest and active member of the Presbyterian
church, to which he gave generous support, and he was also a member of the Napa lodge of the Benevolent Protective
Order of Elks. Personally he was a genial and companionable man, kindly in his relations with all with whom he
came in contact, and he gave liberally to all worthy benevolent and charitable objects. His business ability, genuine
worth and fine public spirit earned for him an enviable position in his community.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Napa County, CA
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