James L. Mosher was born at Saratoga Springs, New York, in 1848, and in his early manhood removed to Chicago, where he studied photography.† In 1869, with a friend, A. W. Craig, he came to California, and they embarked in the business together; they have made a specialty of solar and calcium prints, and Mr. Mosher has made several valuable discoveries in the art which have enabled them to do better work in a much less time than was formerly required.
Besides being a successful artist, Mr. Mosher is an enthusiastic horticulturalist.† In March, 1889, he was appointed a member of the State Board of Horticulture, and in April of the same year he was elected chairman of the Finance Committee of the Board.† He owns a valuable fruit orchard of seventy-five acres near San Jose, in which may be found the best varieties of apple, peach and pear, together with a great variety of small fruits; there are fourteen varieties of small fruits; there are fourteen varieties of raspberries along, any of which have been imported from the Eastern State and Europe.† Another kind of fruit in this orchard, one rarely seen in the United States, is the Arbutus unedo, or strawberry tree.† The extent of his operations in the fruit industry may be judged when it is known that he has an improved fruit-drier, one of his own invention, of ten tonsí capacity per day.
Mr. Mosher is an honored member of the I. O. O. F., the A. O. U. W., the O. C. F., and the P. O. S. of A.† He was united in marriage, in 1877, to Miss Nellie Childs, a sister to Professor Childs, principal of the State Normal School.
Transcribed by Donna L. Becker
Source: "The Bay of San Francisco," Vol. 1, pages 563-564, Lewis Publishing Co, 1892.
© 2004 Donna L. Becker.
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