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 modern terminal. 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 installed. 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 raiser. She died at her home at 7 Richards avenue here. At one time she was a member of the Order of Eastern Star.
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