D. C. BAILEY
Bio- Pen Pictures
real estate agent, West Santa Clara Street, San Jose, has been a resident of California since 1851, and of the Santa Clara Valley since 1853. A native of Augusta, Maine, where he was born in 1830, he remained there
until the age of seventeen years, when he graduated at the Bloomfield Academy. In 1851, at the age of 21 years, he came to California by way of Panama.
At first he went to the mines, as did most immigrants at the time, working in the American and Yuba River placer mines. In 1853 he took charge of the ranch of a friend in the Santa Clara Valley. Later he steam-boated for about
six years, going as high on the Scaramento River as Red Bluff, and for the California Steam Navigation Company between San Francisco and Alviso. He opened the railroad office at Santa Clara, and later at San Jose, for the San Jose
and San Francisco railroad, on January 19, 1864; continued with that road for three and one half years; was then engaged with John S. Carter in the grain business in San Jose for three years; in 1871 was elected County Recorder,
holding the office for two years, then elected County Treasurer for two years. In 1879 he engaged in the real-estate business with Mr. Boring, the present Mayor of San Jose, and in that year was appointed postmaster, which position
he held until June, 1886. He then engaged in the real-estate business he has continued up to this time.
In 1863 Mr. Bailey was married to Miss M. J. Foster, a native of New Hampshire, of English descent. They have seven children: Charles F. and Rulfus G., now in Washington Territory; Mattie, Florence, Bessie, Daniel and Philip,
all the latter still members of the home circle. Mr. Bailey is a member of Lodge No. 10, San Jose, F. and A. M.; member of Enterprise Lodge, No. 17, A. O. U. W. Always an ardent adherent of the republican party and its principles,
he believes fully in tariff protection to our industries.
SOURCE: Pen Pictures From The Garden of the World or
Santa Clara County, California, Illustrated. - Edited by H. S. Foote.-
Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1888. Page 650-651
transcribed by Roena Wilson
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