Thursday, May 26, 1966.
Jim Wherity Dies At Age 91
Requiem Mass was said Saturday at Sacred Heart Church for James Richard Wherity, who during his 91 years was successful in four careers - as a lawyer, justice of the peace, farmer and building contractor.
Rosary was recited at Whitehurst Chapel Friday night. Interment was in the Winton Cemetery at Winton. Msgr. Robert Rechenmacher conducted the last rites.
Wherity a native of Plumas County, attended Plumas schools and Donnieville College. He passed the state bar examination in 1897.
He practiced law in Plumas County and also served two terms as justice of the peace before moving to Lodi in 1902.
In Lodi he went into the building contracting business for 10 years before moving to Livingston to try his hand at farming.
While in Lodi he built the familiar stone Pine Street arch near the Southern Pacific Co. tracks.
While farming in the Livingston - Hilmar district, Wherity also doubled as justice of the peace, and did some building jobs.
He later moved to Los Banos for fulltime contracting work.
Wherity moved to Dos Palos in 1927 and has constructed many homes in the community.
He was honored by the local Rotary Club in 1955 for his civic service. He retired several years ago.
He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Frances Fischer of Petaluma and Mrs. Effie Hamlow of Sebastopol; five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Transcribed by: Alma