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John W. Kelly

The shipping and introduction of Boyes Hot Springs mineral water, not only all over California, but to different points in the United States, has undoubtedly contributed to making Sonoma county one of the best known and leading counties of the state. The originator of bottling and introducing this celebrated water is John W. Kelly, who was born in San Francisco, Cal., May 13, 1868, and whose father, J. W. Kelly, a pioneer of the state, engaged in contracting and building in San Francisco until his death in 1874.

The subject of this article was educated in the public schools of San Francisco, after which for many years he was engaged in business in San Francisco until he saw the opportunity of placing the famous Boyes Hot Springs mineral water on the market. On February 4, 1906, he closed a satisfactory deal to handle the water and at once began erecting his bottling plant, and the result has not only been eminently satisfactory, but the success and popularity of the water has exceeded his expectations. This famous water is carbonated and bottled only on the premises and is shipped in cases to all parts of the United States. The chemical analysis of the water shows on every bottle, and it has proven very efficacious in stomach, bladder and kidney diseases. It is the only hot springs mineral water that has been successfully bottled as it comes out of the depths at a temperature of one hundred and eighteen degrees and is then cooled and afterwards bottled. The Majestic Bottling Company of San Francisco are the general distributing agents.

The Boyes Hot Springs Resort is conducted by Dr. Parramour and Rude Lichtenberg, but of the bottling plant Mr. Kelly is the sole proprietor, having brought it to its present large capacity. Personally Mr. Kelly is very affable and is well and favorably known and is very public spirited and enterprising, being liberal to a fault, and his charities are many, and those who know him best admire him for his noble qualities, integrity and worth.

History of Sonoma 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: Tom Gregory
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1911)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011