California Genealogy and History Archives
San Bernardino County and Riverside County
JAMES W. MEE is a native son of this section of California, and his career since early manhood has been identified with railroading. He is freight agent of the Pacific Electric at Riverside, and one of Riverside's most popular citizens.
He was born in San Bernardino August 1, 1882, member of an old and prominent pioneer family. His father, William H. Mee, was a native of England and left that country in 1850 and in 1852 came to California by ox team over the plains. He was a blacksmith by trade. He was member of a party of eleven families on the trip to California. The caravan was raided by Indians, and he and his family escaped the general massacre that followed, due to the fact that the Indians feared smallpox, a disease with which the Mees were then stricken. William H. Mee arrived at San Bernardino in 1856, and lived in that city continuously until his death in 1911. For thirty-six years he was in business as a blacksmith, with shop at 436 D Street. He was well known in fraternal circles, being a member of a number of lodges. William H. Mee married Sarah J. West, who is still living, and has showed her devotion by lifelong care to her children. She has two daughters, Lida and Addie. Lida is the wife of I. H. Curtis. Their son, Merritt B. Curtis, was born in San Bernardino, spent four years in the academic department of the University of California and three years in the law school, and is now a captain of the United States Marines on the Island of Haiti.
James W. Mee received his high school education in San Bernardino and afterward took a course in the Los Angeles Business College. Since 1905, with the exception of about a year, he has been railroading, chiefly as an agent for the Pacific Electric, and is president of the Pacific Electric Agents Association. From August, 1914, to June, 1915, he conducted a commission warehouse at San Bernardino.
Mr. Mee is a member of the Knights of Pythias, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Native Sons of the Golden West, the Woodmen of the World and is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Business Men's Association of Riverside. He was a member of the Arrowhead Club of San Bernardino for five years, until that organization was disbanded with the death of its leading spirit, H. L. Dreso, president of the Farmers Exchange Bank.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011