JAMES W. JAMESON
††††††††††† James W. Jameson, the postmaster and one of the merchants of Dutch Flat, is a western man by birth, training and preference, and is imbued with the true western spirit of progress and enterprise.† He was born in the state of Nevada, on the 17th of November, 1864, and is of Scotch and Welsh lineage.† His father, James Jameson, was born in Scotland in 1831, and when a young man crossed the briny deep to the new world, locating in San Francisco in 1849.† In 1854 he became a resident of Iowa Hill, where he followed the barberís trade.† He at one time was a mine-owner, but lost money in his mining operations.† For two years he resided in Nevada and then returned to his home in California, taking up his abode at Dutch Flat, where he resided from 1865 until the time of his death, which occurred in 1886.† When nineteen years of age he was married, and by that union were born three daughters.† The oldest, Belle, deceased, was the wife of Frank Batchelder, of San Francisco; May became the wife of Zeb Day and resides in Oakland; while Katie is now the wife of George Dansti and resides in Nevada City.† After the death of the mother Mr. Jameson was again married, in 1850, his second union being with Mrs. Susanna Anthony, who had one son, Ed. H. Anthony, by her former marriage.† Two children were born of the second union:† Maggie, now the wife of Charles E. Uren, a resident of Tuolumne; and James W., who is the immediate subject of this sketch.† Mrs. Jameson still survives and is now in the seventy-second year of her age, her home being with her son James in Dutch Flat.† She crossed the plains with oxen in 1850 and is one of the courageous pioneer women who braved the dangers of that long and arduous journey and also met the hardships and difficulties of pioneer life during the early development of the Golden state.† She is respected by all who knew her and her circle of acquaintances is extensive.
††††††††††† James W. Jameson was only two years of age when he came to Dutch Flat.† He obtained his education in the public schools of the town, learned the barberís trade under his fatherís direction and at the age of fifteen began to earn his own living in that way, following the business continuously in Dutch Flat up to the present time.† In 1894 he was appointed to the position of postmaster, which he has since acceptably filled, discharging his duties with promptness and fidelity and thus winning the confidence of all concerned.† On the 8th of April, 1900, he purchased his present business and is now carrying a large stock of dry goods and notions, meeting with a good trade in the new enterprise.† Mr. Jameson was happily married, on the 7th of August, 1885, to Miss Louise Barber, a native of Alta, Placer County, and a daughter of Mrs. Opel, of Dutch Flat.† Mr. and Mrs. Jameson now have one son, Ralph Edward.† The subject of this review holds membership in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and has filled all the chairs in both branches of the lodge.† For the past eight years he has been the secretary of the lodge.† His wife is a member of the Order of Rebekah and has occupied many official positions therein.† She also belongs to the Native Daughters of the Golden West and is a past president of the parlor at Dutch Flat.† They are people of the highest respectability and are widely known in this locality.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010† Gerald Iaquinta.