The Valley of Heart's Delight


Santa Clara County Pioneer

   A member of an early pioneer family is William Caspar Blabon, who has made a name for himself as a successful orchardist and well driller, and has been engaged in the latter occupation throughout California.  He was born September 9, 1861, on the farm of Moses Blabon, his uncle, who resided on the Mountain View Road.  His father, Walter L. Blabon, was a native of Franklin County, Maine, and his mother was Miss Anna F. White before her marriage and was born and reared in Boston, Mass.  The paternal grandfather, Capt. Otis Blabon, came to California around Cape Horn in 1846, and was a member of the vigilance committee in the early, turbulent days.  Walter L. Blabon came to California via Panama in 1860. Here he engaged in farming and in 1864 purchased 130 acres, the old homestead, which he improved with a family orchard and followed general farming.  William Caspar Blabon now owns his father's old home and a part of the old farm, which he now devotes to raising prunes.  He was educated at the Lincoln school and in private schools of Santa Clara County, after which he engaged in well drillling.  He has continued successfully in this line of work for twenty-five years and is still engaged in developing water wells in many sections of California.
   The marriage of Mr. Blabon united him with Miss Annie Beasworrick, the daughter of John and Mary E. (Billings) Beasworrick, who came from England to Santa Clara.  Mr. Beasworrick was employed in the New Almaden mines for many years and there Mrs. Blabon was born.  They are the parents of two children, Annie May(O'Brien) and William Caspar, Jr (see obit below).  Politically Mr. Blabon is an adherent of the Republican party.  He is at all times interested in the progress and advancement of the community which has for so long been his home.

Transcribed by Joseph Kral, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,  published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 338
OBITUARY OF Wiilliam C Blabon, Jr.
William C. BLABON Jr. (d. 3.25.1950)

Funeral Today for S.J. Man Japs Interned

Funeral services for William C. Blabon Jr., 42, world traveler, will be held at 10:30 a.m. today in Amos O. Williams Chapel, Interment will be at Madronia Cemetery, Saratoga.
Blabon died Saturday in Marine Hospital, San Francisco, after short illness. A native of San Jose, he resided at 992 S. 10th St. He attended San Jose High School and San Jose State College.
Blabon was for many years a member of Shanghai Police Department and for five years helped police the International Settlement.
Japanese interned Blabon during war, after which he was returned to this country on Swedish ship Gripsholm in 1943. He was son of late William C. Blabon, pioneer Santa Clara Valley orchardist.
Surviving are his widow, former Alma Dierking; his mother, Mrs. Annie Blabon; sister, Mrs. Mae O'Brien, all of San Jose.

Source: San Jose Mercury Herald, March 28, 1950, Tuesday, page 6
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