The Amelia Vollers House




Amelia M. Vollers (1841 — 1906)

VOLLERS—In Oakland, Cal., July 3, 1906, Amelia M. Vollers, dearly beloved mother of William and Henry Vollers and Mrs. J. Schmitz, a native of Philadelphia, Pa., aged 65 years. (San Mateo papers please copy.)

Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral today (Thursday), from the residence of J. Schmitz, corner of Broadway, College avenue and Clifton street, Oakland. Interment Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland.

Hancke ("Henry") Vollers (1834 — 1903)

VOLLERS—In San Mateo, December 6, 1903, Henry Vollers, husband of Amelia Vollers, and father of William and Henry Vollers and Mrs. Catherine E. Schmitt, a native of Germany, aged 70 years.

Funeral will take place from his late residence at San Mateo. Wednesday, December 9, at 11 o'clock, thence taking the 12:20 train from San Mateo for Cypress Lawn Cemetery.

Cause of Death: Injuries received by being struck by Electric Car

James Sharpe Tannahill (1848 — )

JAMES SHARPE TANNAHILL. Born in Huntingdon county, Quebec, Canada, November 17, 1848, J. S. Tannahill is a son of John and Marian (Caldwell) Tannahill, the former born near Glasgow, Scotland. At an early day he immigrated to Canada, settling in Huntingdon county, where he cleared a farm of one hundred and fifty acres. In 1850 he came to California via the Isthmus of Panama, but after one year returned to his home in Canada, where he had left his family, and where he died a few days afterward, from a fever that he had contracted while in the west. His wife, who was also born in Scotland, became the mother of two sons and five daughters. She died at the old home in 1881.

James S. Tannahill was reared on his father's farm in Canada, making it his home until reaching his twenty-first year, when he was apprenticed to learn the trade of a miller. Two years later, in 1871, he migrated westward and finally reached California. Soon after arriving here he located in Redwood City, San Mateo county, where he secured employment as a carpenter after conducting a mill for one month, being compelled to make the change on account of ill health. Continuing to make his residence in Redwood City until 1891, he then removed to Fresno county and engaged in ranching. During the years he lived in San Mateo county he owned and operated a planing mill and followed contracting and building most of the time. Many of the finest residences in that place and at Menlo Park were constructed by him.

The first three and one-half years of his residence in Fresno county Mr. Tannahill devoted his attention to farming and growing grapes, but at the expiration of that time moved into the city of Fresno and has since been following general contracting and building, now being one of the leading "builders in the San Joaquin valley. Among the more prominent residences that he has erected may be mentioned the Kearney mansion, the home of James Brown and others. He has also erected for himself a nice home at No. 442 Blackstone avenue.

While living in San Mateo county Mr. Tannahill was united in marriage with Isabelle Stewart and to them have been born seven children, namely: Marion, Archibald, Leslie, Norman, Jennie, Wallace and Gertrude. Politically Mr. Tannahill is a stanch Republican and while he does not care to take an active part in public affairs, he is deeply interested in the questions of the day, and while living in Redwood City was for three years a member of the city council. In fraternal relations he holds membership with the Improved Order of Red Men and the Order of St. Andrew. Starting at the bottom of the ladder, he has gradually forged his way to the front and by the exercise of his own efforts has accumulated a comfortable competency and has attained a position of influence in the state.

— from a transcription by Peggy Hooper of
History of the state of California and biographical record of the San Joaquin Valley, California. An historical story of the state's marvelous growth from its earliest settlement to the present time.
written by Prof. James Miller Guinn, A. M.
published by The Chapman Publishing Co., Chicago 1905

To-do: For more info about James Tannahill, the Schellens Collection seems to have a couple dozen documents related to Tannahill.

William H. Howard (1850 — 1901)