WILLIAM E. LENDRUM,
SAN JOSE DRUGGIST
SURNAMES: REED, McMEEKIN
druggist, 35 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, has been in that business since November, 1887, having bought this store from O. J. Lynch, the business having been originally opened by Dr. Robert Ammen.
Mr. Lendrum is a native of California, having been born in San Jose in 1863. His parents were James and Ann J. (Reed) Lendrum, natives of Scotland, who immigrated to the United States in 1842. James Lendrum came to Santa Clara County in 1848, where he purchased several ranches and engaged largely in stock-raising and farming. He also had an orchard of twenty acres within one and a half miles of San Jose, planted in cherries, apples, pears, prunes, peaches, and apricots, set out in 1862. From this he realized large profits. He landed in San Francisco in 1848, with a surplus of twenty cents cash on hand, and by industry, energy, perseverance, and economy, attending exclusively to his stock, farming, and orchard interests, he had accumulated by the time of his death, in 1885, an estate worth $300,000! He was a man of kindly instincts and generous impulses. Later in life, and when he had accumulated a competency, he traveled for about one and a half years, visiting most of the countries of Europe, as well as Africa, and Australia, making the tour of the world, in which he expended over $7,000. His widow and four children are still living: The eldest is the subject of this sketch; Maggie E., graduate of the Van Ness Seminary; James, in school in San Francisco ; Birney, attending San Mateo College.
The subject of this sketch attended the State Normal School up to the time of his father's death, when he took charge of the estate, managing the various ranches. Having studied chemistry at the State Normal School, and having a taste for the profession, he purchased the drug store he now owns, and has since become proficient in its various branches. He employs as manager, Mr. Charles Terwilliger, a graduate of the Illinois School of Pharmacy.
married, April 6, 1887, Miss Josephine McMeekin, a native of England, her
parents emigrating from that county to California in 1870. He is a member of San
Jose Court, Ancient Order of Foresters.
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.