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HENDRICKS, Jesse Lee (1868-1944), Oregon-born seaman and later well-known locksmith who had lived in Santa Barbara since 1902. Jesse and his brother, Riley (1861-1940), were pioneer sporting goods dealers and owned Hendricks Brothers store. At the time of his death at age 75 on July 5, 1944, Jesse Hendricks lived at 725 Chapala Street. His cremated remains were sent to Oregon.

In the News~

August 24, 1904 [SBMP]: “The Potter [Hotel] boat Frances, in charge of Captain Hendricks, is expected in from the islands today with the Rogers' seal hunting party and their game...”

August 25, 1904 [SBMP]: “Captain Hendricks returned from Santa Cruz Island yesterday afternoon bringing in a party of seal hunters.”

September 23, 1903 [SBMP]: “Captain Jessee Lee Hendricks took out another party of enthusiastic fishermen and ladies yesterday who returned in the evening with over fifty fine fish…”

October 2, 1904 [SBMP]: “A number of fishing parties will be out today after the big fish that are now being caught in the channel. Among them is a party of 16 young people who have chartered the Frances for the day, and will under the direction of Captain Hendricks, make a rune to the islands for fishing purposes.”

November 10, 1904 [SBMP]: The Potter boat Frances, in charge of Captain Hendricks, sailed again yesterday afternoon for Santa Cruz Island. It was decided to continue the search for the remains of S. W. Cooney, who was drowned off that island last week. The Frances was well stocked with food and the search will be continued for some time.”

November 16, 1904 [SBMP]: “Captain Jesse L. Hendricks left yesterday afternoon with a number of seal hunters in the Potter Hotel boat Frances for the islands. He has an order for 13 live seals and will continue to hunt them until that number has been captured.”

November 20, 1904 [SBMP]: “Tuna caught in the channel. The fact that large tuna can be caught in the channel can no longer be disputed. Yesterday Jesse L. Hendricks, captain of the Potter boat Frances, brought in a regulation tuna, weighing 117 pounds… Captain Hendricks is justly proud of the fact that he was the first one to land a large tuna…”

July 6, 1944 [SBNP]: “Santa Barbara’s most widely known locksmith, Jesse L. Hendricks, died late Wednesday night in a local hospital. Born in Lane County, Oregon in 1868, Mr. Hendricks had lived in Santa Barbara since 1902 and had developed a reputation here of being able to do anything that required mechanical skill… ’Since the war,’ he told the reporter at that time, ‘I have been devoting all my energy to repairing clocks and other things for servicemen and their families…’ When he first came to Santa Barbara, Mr. Hendricks had a sporting goods shop at 705 State Street. He later sold the front of the store but retained his mechanical shop in the rear. This shop was a gathering place in the 1920s for persons who knew Mr. Hendricks and wanted to talk over old times. Mr. Hendricks is survived by his widow, Clara.”