Glendale, California Biographies

Jesse S. Stine

            Jesse S. Stine. The early history of the Stine family in America, dates back to the early days of the colony of Virginia, when three brothers settled there. They were natives of Germany,, and history mentions the name in connection with the reformation and down through the ages since that time. The year that the subject of this review was born finds his parents on a farm in Bucks county, Pennsylvania,. His father was I. D. Stine and his mother was Rebecca (Coe) Stine. His father was a native of Pennsylvania, and his mother of Ohio. His father early in life, became a contractor and builder and continued in that business for many years, in the East. He was born and reared in Ohio and Indiana ; making Los Angeles his home after coming to Southern California in 1885. He first came to California in 1880 but remained only a short time. In 1895 he retired from the contracting business and was then employed by the city of Los Angeles ; first as a deputy zanjero and later as deputy superintended of streets. He is now a resident of Pasadena, where he has lived retired for several years. He is a member of the G.A.R. and served with the 31st Ohio Infantry in the Civil War.

.            Jesse E. Stine was born at Freemont, Sandusky County, Ohio. At the age of seventeen he had served three years as an apprentice plumber, after which was journeyman plumber he traveled through many states. In 1882 he joined Co., F., U. S. Cavalry, at Ft. Custer and remained in the army for three years, serving all through the Northwest. He then joined his father in Los Angeles and was in partnership with him until 1892, when he became a plasterer on his own account.

.            In 1887 he came to Glendale and has resided here ever since. In 1896 he and his brother-in-law, Wesley H. Bullis, formed a partnership as plasterers and bricklaying contractors which lasted for twenty years without any dissension. During this time they were leaders in their line of business in Glendale, Tropico and vicinity. In 1887 Mr. Stine bought a five-acre tract in what was then known as West Glendale, his residence at 514 West Broadway, which he built in 1908, occupies a part of this original purchase, of which he still owns three acres. Fraternally he is a Master Mason and an Elk. Politically he is a Republican. For many years he was a member of the school board of West Glendale.

.            At Tropico, on June 15, 1888, Mr. Stine married Tessie Bullis, a daughter of Philip Bullis, one of the earliest pioneers of the San Fernando Valley. They have one son, Richard, who resides at La Crescenta, and is associated with his father in the plastering business. He married Varnice Gilkin, and they are the parents of twin boys, Philip and Jack. Mrs. Stine died in 1910. Mr. Stine married for his second wife Ursula M. Goldsworthy, of Los Angeles, a daughter of John G. Goldsworthy, a pioneer surveyor of that City.

From History of Glendale and Vicinity by John Calvin Sherer. The Glendale Publishing Company, c. 1922 F. M. Broadbooks and J. C. Sherer. p. 346-347