The Valley of Heart's Delight

a '49er

Surnames:  Littlefield, White

Walter L. BLABON was born in Chesterville, Franklin County, Maine, July 12, 1830.  His parents, Otis and Mary (Littlefield) Blabon, were both natives of that State.  They were born in York County, and moved from there to Franklin County, where the mother died, at Farmington Hill, in March, 1884.  Mr. Blabon died in Saratoga, California, April 7, 1887.  He came to this State in 1849, becoming one of the pioneers of Santa Clara County.  He lived here until 1860, when he returned to the East to settle up his business, and after a few years came back to California, where he resided till his death.  His eldest son, G. W. Blabon, is a large manufacturer of oil-cloth at Philadelphia; J. E. Blabon resides in Portland, Maine, but has a large cattle ranch in Nebraska, and other inters in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Three of his sons reside in California- F. O. and Otis in San Jose, and Moses W. at Brentwood.  Walter L., the subject of this sketch, was reared in Franklin County, Maine, and there educated.

He was married in Boston, Massachusetts, to Anna F. White, October 25, 1860, she being a native of that city.  The same year they came to California via Panama, arriving in San Francisco December 8, 1860.  He farmed a piece of land on shares for four years, near where he now resides.  In 1864 he bought his present place of 130 acres, and soo after moved to it. He has about sixteen acres in vines, five years old, besides a small family orchard.  On the remainder of the place he raises grain and hay. He has four children:  Willam C., Ralph D., Joseph W. D., and Agnes J., all grown.

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Pen pictures from the garden of the world, or, Santa Clara County, California : Chicago. Lewis Pub. Co.. 1888.


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