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Judge John Dodridge Blaine
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Birth: Aug. 30, 1874
Logan County
Illinois, USA
Death: Oct. 3, 1965
San Jose
Santa Clara County
California, USA

John D. Blaine Succumbs - Former Justice of Peace

CAMPBELL, - Judge John Dodridge Blaine, Campbell Township justice of the peace for 24 years until his retirement in 1950, died at a San Jose hospital Sunday night after suffering a heart attack at his home here at 126 S. Fourth St.
He was 91.
Private graveside services are planned at 3 p.m. today at Santa Clara City Cemetery. Darling, Fischer & Faber's Campbell Memorial Chapel is handling the arrangements.
A member of a pioneer Campbell family, Blaine was scholar, writer, athlete, cyclist and self-taught magistrate who started studying the rudiments of law at night when he was 14.
Blaine was born in Lincoln , Ill., on Aug. 30, 1874, and lived in Blunt, S.D. for a time before coming to Campbell with his family in 1887.
He married Alda Franklin Swope, granddaughter of Benjamin Campbell, founder of this city on Sept. 6, 1898, and nine years later began a career in the grocery business here which lasted until 1926 when he turned to the bench.
A prodigious writer, he often turned out as much as 150,000 words a month, most of it on his favorite subject - attacking modern educational methods in high schools.
"Modern education," wrote the judge, "consists of confusing people so that they will seek more education so that more professors will be employed to confuse them further.
In 1939 his views attained nation-wide publicity with publication by the Saturday Evening Post of an article in which he answered educational theories propounded by University of Chicago specialists.
With this springboard, he was elected a trustee of the Campbell High School Discrict.
Blaine harbored fixed ideas i other fields too.
"It is silly for a 140-pound person to employ a ton and a half of machinery every time he wants to go downtown," he often asserted. Blaine relied wholly upon a custom built road racer bicycle for his transportation, and could be seen pedaling the county byways miles distant from his home.
In his advancing years he insisted on maintaining physical fitness. At 72, he played more than 400 sets of tennis a year, and took up golf two years later. "Life," he contended, "can have no lasting interest without difficulties. That's why a golf course has rough bunkers and traps."
Blaine's wife died in 1949.
He is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Laura F. Romer of San Anselmo, Mrs. Margaret Stouffer of Galt, Mrs. Miriam B. Turner of Palo Alto, and Mrs. Pauline Danz of San Carlos; his son Frank Blaine of Campbell; seven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

"San Jose Mercury" Wed., October 6, 1965, pg. 12

Family links: 
  John H. Blaine (1834 - 1899)
  Amanda Malvina Leslie Blaine (1839 - 1894)
  Alda Franklin Swope Blaine (1876 - 1949)
  Jessie Blaine (1863 - ____)*
  Robert Leslie Blaine (1863 - 1897)*
  Franklin A Blaine (1865 - 1923)*
  Mary Reaves Blaine Hurlbert (1869 - 1943)*
  John Dodridge Blaine (1874 - 1965)
*Calculated relationship
Mission City Memorial Park
Santa Clara
Santa Clara County
California, USA
Created by: Jerry Hurlbert
Record added: Oct 05, 2013
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Judge John Dodridge Blaine
Added by: Jerry Hurlbert
Judge John Dodridge Blaine
Added by: Jerry Hurlbert
Judge John Dodridge Blaine
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I wish I had taken the opportunity to get to know you, Uncle John.
- Jerry Hurlbert
 Added: Oct. 5, 2013

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