Contra Costa County












            For the past ten years John Edward Bouquet has been an important figure in the political world of San Pablo, having all that time served as constable and deputy clerk, and from 1899 until 1900 as deputy assessor. Elected constable in 1894 on the Republican ticket, he was re-elected in 1898, and again in 1902, the latter time by an overwhelming majority, and in the face of three opposing and popular candidates. At one time he was notary public and postmaster of San Pablo, but owning to the pressure of other duties resigned. In addition, he is agent for the Sunnyside tract, near the Santa Fe Station, San Pablo, and has been identified with the purchase and sale of lands for several years. As constable his duties have not only been arduous but often dangerous, and he has captured some of the most desperate criminals which have infested the region comprising San Pablo and Contra Costa county.

            Mr. Bouquet is a native son of San Pablo, and was born march 23, 1866. His parents, Frederick and Theresa (Hoppl) Bouquet, were born in Bavaria, Germany, and came to the United States in 1852. Locating in Louisville, Ky., Frederick Bouquet plied his trade as cabinet maker, and in 1857 came to California by way of the Isthmus, thereafter following his trade in San Francisco. After coming to San Pablo he engaged in wood working and blacksmithing, having a small shop here for many years, or until he purchased the Union saloon. This he ran until his death in 1881, at the age of fifty-one years, his wife surviving him until 1897. John Edward is the fourth of four sons and four daughters, and his youth knew few diversions and but scant opportunity for acquiring knowledge. At the age of fourteen his father died, and he took his place in the saloon. In 1883 he moved to Livermore and found employment in a brewery until 1887, when an accident resulted in his retirement from active life for seven years. He returned to San Pablo and entered the political arena in 1894. He was married November 17, 1896, to Miss Mae Stickles, a native of Lansing, Mich. Of this union one son, Wendell F., was born May 16, 1898.

            Mr. Bouquet is one of the most prominent fraternalists in San Pablo, being identified with the U. P. E. C.; the Ancient Order of United Workmen, of which he is master workman; the A. O. E., of Richmond; the A. O. F., of which he is treasurer; and the Native Sons of the Golden West, Parlor No. 96, of Livermore, of which he became a member in 1883. Unlike many politicians, Mr. Bouquet has won his advancement by the exercise of integrity and fair dealing, being far above the methods of the political trickster and government corrupter. He has given admirable service as constable, clerk and assessor, and in positions requiring a decided stand on one side or the other, has made fewer enemies than the average similarly place.  





Transcribed by: Cecelia M. Setty.

ญญญญSource: History of the State of California & Biographical Record of Coast Counties, California by Prof. J. M. Guinn, A. M., Pages 849-850. The Chapman Publishing Co., Chicago, 1904.

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Contra Costa County Biographies

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