JAMES EDWIN BLAUROCK
Pacific Fruit Product Company
A wide-awake, efficient business man of the type which always makes
itself manifest in a progressive community, is J. Edwin Blaurock, the
popular manager of the Pacific Fruit Product Company at San Jose. He
was born in East Orange, N. J., on May 6, 1873, the son of Samuel and
Hattie (Sommerville) Blaurock, worthy citizens, devoted parents and
good neighbors, ith a host of friends.
After leaving school Mr. Blaurock worked with his father in the
plumbing business in East Orange but tiring of that he went to New York
City and was employed as salesman and in other capacities until going
to Colorado in 1897. He worked in the mining business, at plumbing and
as salesman there,—then in 1904 went back to Chicago and was in
business for himself until coming to California in 1909.
Mr. Blaurock spent two years in Sacramento and San Francisco,—in the
former city with the John Bruner Company, and in the latter with the
Coast Fire and Marine Salvage Company. On September 26, 1911, he came
to San Jose. and he has been with the Pacific Fruit Product Company
ever since, starting at the very bottom and working his way through the
different departments until, since July, 1916, he has discharged the
varied responsibilities of his present position.
In the busy season, the Pacific Fruit Product Company employs some
seventy-five people, and they pack dried fruit under contract for the
California Prune & Apricot Association. They also maintain a jam
department, and put up jam of a very high quality, and they formerly
packed cherries and other green fruit, selecting only, the best raw
materials, and preserving them in the most scientific manner. Mr.
Blaurock's thorough training, partly in the common schools of the East,
partly in a business college, and partly in the great school of
experience, has enabled him to manage this growing business concern
with the true spirit of enterprise. In national politics a Republican,
he is ready at all times to cast aside partisanship and to pull a long
and strong stroke in favor of the best things locally.
In 1900, Mr. Blaurock was united in marriage at Cripple Creek, Colo.,
to Minnie E. Largent, a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and they have a
daughter Edna May.
Mr. Blaurock is fond of all outdoor recreations; and fraternally he
joins his fellows in the circles of the Brotherhood of American Yeomen
and the Woodmen of the World, and is a member of the Chamber of
From Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California, published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1133
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