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Oliver Perry "Perry" Blackburn
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Birth: Jan. 15, 1876
Death: Nov. 24, 1946

Perry was born in IN to Andrew Jackson Blackburn and Maria Smeltzer. He married in 1903 in Los Angeles to Estella L. "Stella" Richter. To this union, a little girl was born who later died. Perry and Stella later adopted a baby girl.

During the 1920s through the 1940s, Perry developed the Blackburn peach. He patented it in 1933 (view patent here) An Internet search turns up this peach in New Orleans and Australia. It was also the time that Perry was employing the migrant farm workers for his ranch in Bakersfield. These farm workers had no place to stay. Perry approached the local funeral home and asked for the wood from the crates that the coffins were shipped in. From this wood, Perry had the "coffin cabins" built for the farm workers. When Weedpatch Highway needed to be widened in the early 1990s, a historical study was conducted by Cal Trans on the Blackburn's Migrant Camp. Somewhere on Weedpatch Highway, near Blackburn St, on the southeast edge of Bakersfield, stands one or two remaining coffin cabins, now historical landmarks.

Perry died at home from a coronary occulsion.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Andrew Jackson Blackburn (1845 - 1914)
  Maria Smeltzer Blackburn (1846 - 1896)
 
 Spouse:
  Estella L. "Stella" Richter Blackburn (1877 - 1965)
 
Burial:
Greenlawn Memorial Park
Bakersfield
Kern County
California, USA
Plot: Rosehill, lot 30, grave 3A
 
Created by: Cheri Mello
Record added: May 28, 2007
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Oliver Perry Perry Blackburn
Added by: Cheri Mello
 
Oliver Perry Perry Blackburn
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Oliver Perry Perry Blackburn
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