Byron C. Blachley, widely known in the automotive trades of San Francisco, is president of the firm of Du-Trak,
Incorporated, at 5 Van Ness avenue, which is one of the largest automobile servicing plants in the world.
Mr. Blachley was born in the city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, November 20, 1895, and is a son of the late Oliver B.
Blachley and his wife, Christina (Duffack) Blachley. The father, who was a jeweler by vocation, died in 1902. Byron
C. Blachley received his education in the public schools of Iowa and California, in Dubuque College in Iowa, and
in the University of California, where he pursued a business course. The schools he attended were thus separated
through the frequent visits he and his mother made to California, the last trip having been made in 1912. Mr. Blachley
worked during his vacations, and his first employment in San Francisco was with the Judson Manufacturing Company,
with whom he remained for one and a half years. He then became associated with the National Paper Company as office
manager, and was later advanced to the position of general manager of the plant. He was with this firm for seven
years, and subsequently was with the real estate and mortgage company of Leonard & Holt for two years. Mr.
Blachley next organized the Medico-Dental Finance Corporation, and was its president for one year, on the expiration
of which period he sold his interests. During the succeeding two years, he was engaged in the security investment
banking business. His present business, the Du-Trak, Incorporated, was organized March 1, 1929, and Mr. Blachley
has been president since the beginning. All kinds of automobile servicing are done by this company, including washing,
greasing, and polishing. The equipment used by the company is of the most modern type, with the capacity of handling
one car per minute. The method of washing a car enables the car itself to keep moving, each individual operation
being performed by a different worker. The company has an investment of close to a quarter million dollars in its
business and about sixty people are employed.
On July 22, 1917, Mr. Blachley was married to Miss Mona Gray, who was born in San Francisco, and they have become
the parents of the following children: John Byron, Colombe, and William.
Mr. Blachley's politics are republican. His greatest enjoyment in life has been the environment of his own home
and the companionship of his family. He is devoted to outdoor life as a diversion. He holds the reputation of being
a representative citizen of the progressive ranks, and has readily lent his assistance to whatever civic matters
have appealed to him as beneficial to the community.
The History of San Francisco, California
Lewis Francis Byington, Supervising Editor
Oscar Lewis, Associate Editor
The S. J. Clark Publishing Company
Chicago-San Francisco 1931
San Francisco, CA
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