JOHN S. BLACKBURN.
The eldest son of that wellknown pioneer settler in Petaluma, Charles Blackburn, John S. Blackburn was born in
Oskaloosa, Iowa, in 1851, and was therefore only one year old when, in 1852, the family fortunes were removed to
California. In Petaluma, where the parents settled, he attended the public school, and was given such other advantages
as the circumstances of the family made possible.
At the age of twenty three years John S. Blackburn was taken into the undertaking business with his father,
who had established the business in 1856 and had practically maintained the large and constantly growing business
alone ever since its establishment until the son was taken into the firm. Father and son continued harmoniously
in business together until the death of the founder on November 27, 1896, when the management of the business fell
upon the younger partner. Besides continuing the business in Petaluma he opened a branch office in Tomales, Margin
county, a venture which justified the undertaking.
In addition to carrying on the undertaking business which by this time had assumed such large proportions. Mr.
Blackburn was equally active in civic matters, and as a member of the board of health during a long period rendered
an invaluable service to his home city through improved sanitation and municipal cleanliness. His judgment on public
questions was held in great respect by his fellowcitizens, and as he did not shirk responsibility but rather assumed
it if thereby he could help his fellowmen or better conditions, the influence which he exerted in his community
was not inconsiderable, and his death, July 1, 1903, was indeed a public loss. His personal characteristics were
such as to win not only admiration and approbation, but many friends and acquaintances.
History of Sonoma County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Tom Gregory
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1911
Sonoma County, CA
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