Jesse B. Blue, Sr. was born in 1892 and served as a member of the 330 Unit of the Ohio National Guard in 1916. On June 22, 1918 his unit arrived in France to fight World War I. At the end of the war in 1919 he returned home to Ohio as a Major.
For health reasons his doctor suggested he leave Ohio and come to California. In 1924 Jesse and his wife, Pansy and two children; Burl age six and Barbara age four moved to El Monte. The Blue family bought a lot in the Savannah area between El Monte and Rosemead where they built their family home. The family soon grew with the addition of three more daughters; Katie, Annebel and Alyce.
Jesse (J.B.) Blue became active in the development of the Rosemead area as a realtor; he served on the local school board for many years and helped to organize the local Chamber of Commerce, where he served as President for several terms. Pansy M. Blue passed away in 1932 and Jesse B. Blue, Sr. passed away in 1963. Both are buried near the “Magnificent Camphor Tree” in Savannah Memorial Park.
Submitted by Burl Blue, son of Jesse B. Blue
Source: The City of Rosemead - An Historical Sketchbook
1959 - 1984 Silver Anniversary Edition
From the September 2007 edition of the
Savannah Update, El Monte Cemetery Association