JAMES S. JACK
††††††††††† Those characteristics of the Scotch race which in many ways have made it predominant wherever it has obtained a foothold, have been influential upon the fortunes of the family of Jack, of which James S. Jack, the county clerk, auditor and recorder of Calaveras County, California, is a representative.† Mr. Jack is a native of the Golden state and was born in Fresno County, October 20, 1872, a son of James B. and Maria (Uriell) Jack.† His great-grandfather in the paternal line came early from England to Virginia; and Thomas Jack, his grandfather, was born there, but passed most of his life in Tennessee.† James B. Jack, a son of Thomas Jack and father of James S. Jack, was born in Tennessee in 1838, and in 1856 at the age of eighteen years, crossed the plains to California and located in Calaveras County, where the town of Sheep Ranch has since come into existence but where there was at that time nothing but a comparatively small mining camp.† He mined there, but was not lucky and became a farmer in San Joaquin County.† Later he was an early settler in Fresno County, where he devoted himself to farming and stock raising.† He died as the result of an accident November 16, 1895, aged fifty-seven, and his widow, now fifty years old, lives with her son at San Andreas.† They were married in San Joaquin County in 1865, and had two children:† James S. Jack, the subject of this sketch; and a daughter Mary, who is now Mrs. E. R. Campbell, of Angelís Camp, Calaveras County.
††††††††††† James S. Jack was educated in the public schools of San Joaquin County and was graduated at the business college at Stockton in the class of 1890, and after that he engaged in mercantile business at Angelís Camp, which he managed successfully from 1891 until November, 1898, when he was elected to his present office, in which he has given the greatest satisfaction to his fellow citizens, understanding its duties thoroughly and treating with the greatest courtesy all who have relations with him.† He is held in high regard as a businessman and has a wide and valuable acquaintance, and he is especially popular as a Knight of Pythias.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010† Gerald Iaquinta.