Jennie Barstow Last Rites To Be Held Today,
Was Daughter Of Builder Of S.J. Horse And Electric Railways.
Memories of old-time San Jose -- the days when horse cars ran The
Alameda to Santa Clara -- will be evoked here today when funeral services are
held for Jennie Barstow, 77, who died Saturday after a brief illness.
The daughter of Samuel Bishop, builder of San Jose's first horse and
electric railroads, she spent more than 60 years of her life here.
Husband Rail Builder.
Her husband was the late Theodore Barstow, who helped build the old
West San Jose railroad depot which two years ago gave way to the city's
Well known here, Mrs. Barstow leaves two sons, W.A. Barstow of San
Jose and F.L. Barstow of San Francisco, both of whom are P.G.&E. employes.
Funeral services will be held at 10 o'clock this morning from
W.A. Barstow's residence at 890 Willow street. Interment will be at Oak Hill
Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Curry & Gripenstraw.
Born in Fort Tejon, California, in 1860, Mrs. Barstow lived a life
that was typically western.
Her noted father had crossed the plains in the traditional covered
wagon and went into the cattle business in the region about Tejon.
First Electric Cars.
Subsequently he came to San Jose, won the horse car franchise to Santa
Clara and in 1886 made transportation history when he converted the line into
the first electric street car system in the world. Improper drainage of the
underground wire system which he installed ultimately caused Bishop to
abandon the scheme and it was several years before the trolley system was
Mrs. Barstow's husband, who was once associated with the old narrow
guage car works at Newark, died in 1929 after becoming a prominent local stock
She died at her home at 7 Richards avenue here. At one time she was
a member of the Order of Eastern Star.
Samuel Addison and Frances Ella (Young) Bishop Family