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Californians native born are in all parts of the state demonstrating their patriotism by leading in the race for business supremacy that natural and worthy competition of man with man which fructifies in the general weal. James L. Emigh of Sacramento is of this class, and as successful as any if we consider all things which make for and modify worldly success. He was born in Rio Vista, Solano county Cal., November 25, 1876, and attended the public school there till he was fourteen years of age. Afterward he was a student at the Oakland high school, and then entered Heald's Business College from which he graduated in 1893. Prepared then to enter upon a business career he became bookkeeper for E. I. Upham Company, continuing in that position with the successors of the company, Bird & Dinkelspeil, general merchants in Collinsville, and was thus employed until 1900.

In the year 1900 Mr. Emigh went to Suisun City, Cal., and bought the James Kerns hardware store, which he eventually consolidated with the Suisun Implement Company, of which he was vice-president and assistant manager till 1910, when he sold his interests and removed to Sacramento, where in that year he went into business with his brother under the firm name of Emigh Hardware Company. They handled a general line of hardware and builders' supplies, a venture in which he prospered as well as he did in his former ones. In July, 1912, they consolidated with the Capital Hardware Company and incorporated Emigh, Winchell, Cline Company, of which Mr. Emigh is vice-president and manager. They are now located at No. 308-10-12 J street, the former location of the Thomson, Diggs Company. The business has been enlarged and they handle a full line of agricultural implements, as well as heavy and shelf hardware. Four floors are occupied by the firm in a building 60x160 feet in size.

Mr. Emigh was made a Mason in Rio Vista Lodge No. 208, F. & A. M., is a member of Solano Chapter No. 43, E. A. M., Vacaville Commandery No. 38, K. T., and Islam Temple, N. M. S., San Francisco. He married at Rio Vista December 1, 1897, Miss Harriette M. Church, a native daughter of Rio Vista, and three children have come to them : James L. and Albert T., twins, and Colby S. Wherever he has lived Mr. Emigh has taken a really helpful interest in all that has pertained to the general welfare of the people, with whom his lot has been cast. In a way public spirit is indirect self-interest, but there are so many men who do not recognize this fact that the burden on those who do is heavier than it ought to be. Mr. Emigh is one who has never sought to escape that burden, and usually he has not stopped to consider whether he was to be the gainer even indirectly. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011