In the death of Charles E. Blythe on December 12, 1900, San Joaquin county lost one of its most valued and highly honored young citizens and agriculturists. He was spoken of wherever known as a fine young man of excellent habits and business qualifications, of marked intellectual endowments, and in every way a broad-gauge and public-spirited citizen. He was only thirty-four years old when he was taken from life's activities, and he left a widow and children, besides his hosts of friends who mourn his untimely demise. During the latter part of his life he had followed ranching near Farmington, and had already attained to a large degree of success in his work before the reaper of death met him.
Mr. Blythe was a native son of California and was born in Santa Clara county, April 16, 1866. His father was the late Samuel a. Blythe, of Santa Clara county, shose name is enrolled among the immortals who crossed the plains or came by ship to the golden Eldorado country in '49. Mr. Chrles E. Blythe was reared in Santa Clara county. He was a well educated man, having received his schooling in the public schools of San Jose and also at the State Normal school in that same city. For a number of years previous to his coming to San Joaquin county he was a bookkeeper in a mercantile establishment in San Jose. In the year of his marriage, in 1884, he came to San Joaquin county and settled on the ranch near Farmington where his widow and childten now reside. Mr. Blythe was a voracious reader, and had the reputation in all the country round for being exceedingly well informed concerning the general events of the world.
Mr. Blythe was married, September 6, 1884, to Miss Mollie P. Harrold. She is a daughter of the late Nathan S. Harrold, one of the most prominent old-timers of San Joaquin county. A more detailed account of this honored old pioneer and his family will be found on other pages of this history in the biography of his son, Aaron M. Harrold. Mrs. Blythe was well educated in the public schools of Farmington and later in the schools of San Jose, where she met her husband. She is a most highly esteemed lady and a leader in the social affairs of her community. She became the mother of six children, and these are all living and form the pleasant household on the Blythe ranch, their names being as follows: Alice E., Samuel A., Irvin E., Nathaniel H., Elizabeth S. and William L.
Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II
The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine
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