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A descendant of sturdy, thrifty and canny Scotch parents, James Strachan was born in Glasgow, and was brought by his parents to the United States in 1884, when about twelve years of age. His education was begun in his native land and was continued in the public schools of Chicago, Ill., in which city the family located. Young Strachan learned his trade of upholsterer in the Pullman shos at Pullman, Ill., and then traveled in various states until 1895, when his parents and their children came to California and made a new home in Sacramento. There he found work at his trade in the Southern Pacific shops and labored profitably ten years, saving money with a view to going into business for himself whenever a good opportunity should offer. His ambition was realized in 1906, when he opened up a business of his own at Eleventh and J streets, and there he prospered for two years, when his place was burned out, and he reopened at No. 1301 J street. Here he has ever since carried on a .successful business in furniture and upholstery.

On November 16, 1898, Mr. Strachan's fortunes for life were united with those of Miss Celia Eyan, sister of the late Frank D. Ryan, a well-known Californian, once a candidate for election to represent his district in our national congress and long in the public service as clerk of the California senate and legislature, and daughter of John C. Ryan, long prominent as a contractor and for many years city trustee. The elder Ryan, of Irish extraction, came to California in 1849 among the pioneers, and almost at once gained recognition as a leader in business and in politics. Mr. and Mrs. Strachan have three children, John E., born in August, 1899, and Hugh and Winnifred, twins, born in March, 1907. Mr. Strachan is a Republican in his political views. Socially he affiliates with the Woodmen of the World and the Caledonians. 

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