JAY, Antonin “Anthony” and Alphonse JAY

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JAY, Antonin “Anthony” (1871- ) and his younger brother, Alphonse Jay (c. 1874-1916), were born in California of French parents, John and Alexandria Jay. Both brothers were automobile mechanics with a great interest in bicycles and birds. Antonin Jay sold bicycles for a while, and Alphonse was a member of the Los Angeles East Side Cycling Club in the 1890s. They lived together at 1622 Pennsylvania Avenue in Los Angeles. In 1901 both brothers became members of the member of Southern Division of the Cooper Club. Together they were avid collectors in the San Fernando Valley and along the Los Angeles and San Gabriel rivers between 1890 and 1915. In June 1910 Anthony Jay and fellow Cooper Club members George Willett, V. W. Owen and John S. Appleton visited San Miguel, Santa Rosa and Anacapa islands. Neither Antonin nor Alphonse Jay married.


Directory of Members, Cooper Ornithological Club, May 1914:

  • Alphonse Jay and Antonin Jay. 1622 Pennsylvania Ave., Los Angeles, CA 1901.


Antonin Jay collected on:



Island Collections~

July 8, 1909 [LAH]: “Long Beach, July 7. The party of sixteen members of the Cooper Club of California who went to Santa Barbara Island July 3 in Captain W. H. Graves’ launch Flyer, returned last night with a large assortment of relics and interesting discoveries and with a story of having weathered one of the sharpest storms known among the Channel Islands for some years. Several different times members of the party were thrown overboard while trying to make landings through the heavy surf, and once several of the men had to stay all of one night and the following day in a small cave, being unable to return to their boat. In the party were Harry Lelande, city clerk of Los Angeles; attorney Howard Robertson, O. W. and Arthur Howard, Dr. Otto J. Zahn, W. B. Judson, H. F. Hossack, Antonio Jay, Emerson Knight, Dr. Horace Gaylord, H. N. Lowe, W. S. McQuilling, Chester Lamb, C. S. Caldwell, Clarence B. Linton, Horace Linton, Captain W. H. Graves, Mate Granis Crandall and Chef Victor Sepulveda.”


June 25, 1910 [LAH]: “San Pedro, June 24. Fears for the safety of V. W. Owen, George Willett, O. W. Howard, Anthony Jay and J. S. Appleton were relieved this afternoon when the launch Niedra arrived today from Santa Rosa Island where the party was detained for more than a week, Captain E. Hall being unable to land because of a strong northwester and heavy seas. The party left Los Angeles June 4, intending to pass ten days on the island gathering Indian relics and bird specimens for the Natural History and Ornithological Club of Los Angeles. It was their intention to leave the island June 15. After the work had been completed the party waited day after day for the storm to abate. Harry Lelande, N. N. Love and A. P. Howard were members of the original party, but left the island before the storm was at its height and reached home safely. The other members of the party secured provisions from the power schooner Santa Rosa Island and from the only ranch house on the island.”


1916: “The Cooper Club has sustained a loss in the death of Alphonse Jay, who died from injuries received in an automobile accident on May 25, 1916. Mr. Jay was one of the most active and enthusiastic of bird students in Los Angeles, and he will be sorely missed from the meetings of the Southern Division.” [Condor 18(4):172 July-August 1916].




Island Collections~
ANACAPA ISLAND
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Anacapa Island Antonin Jay WFVZ June 6, 1910 WFVZ-39326 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Anacapa Island Antonin Jay WFVZ June 6, 1910 WFVZ-95407 Pelecanus occidentalis Eggs
Anacapa Island Antonin Jay WFVZ June 6, 1910 WFVZ-95408 Pelecanus occidentalis Eggs
Anacapa Island Antonin Jay WFVZ June 6, 1910 WFVZ-95452 Pelecanus occidentalis Eggs
Anacapa Island Antonin Jay WFVZ June 6, 1910 WFVZ-95457 Pelecanus occidentalis Eggs
Anacapa Island Antonin Jay WFVZ June 6, 1910 WFVZ-95458 Pelecanus occidentalis Eggs
Anacapa Island Antonin Jay WFVZ June 6, 1910 WFVZ-95459 Pelecanus occidentalis Eggs
Anacapa Island Antonin Jay WFVZ June 6, 1910 WFVZ-95453 Pelecanus occidentalis Eggs
Anacapa Island Antonin Jay WFVZ June 6, 1910 WFVZ-95454 Pelecanus occidentalis Eggs
Anacapa Island Antonin Jay WFVZ June 6, 1910 WFVZ-95455 Pelecanus occidentalis Eggs
Anacapa Island Antonin Jay WFVZ June 6, 1910 WFVZ-95456 Pelecanus occidentalis Eggs
Anacapa Island Antonin Jay WFVZ June 6, 1910 WFVZ-95457 Pelecanus occidentalis Eggs
Anacapa Island Antonin Jay WFVZ June 6, 1910 WFVZ-95458 Pelecanus occidentalis Eggs
Anacapa Island Antonin Jay WFVZ June 6, 1910 WFVZ-95459 Pelecanus occidentalis Eggs


SAN MIGUEL ISLAND
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) Antonin Jay WFVZ June 15, 1910 WFVZ-45502 Ptychoramphus aleuticus Eggs
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) Antonin Jay WFVZ June 15, 1910 WFVZ-45503 Ptychoramphus aleuticus Eggs
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) Antonin Jay WFVZ June 15, 1910 WFVZ-45504 Ptychoramphus aleuticus Eggs
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) Antonin Jay WFVZ June 15, 1910 WFVZ-200281 Lunda cirrhata Eggs
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) Antonin Jay WFVZ June 15, 1910 WFVZ-203107 Phalacrocorax penicillatus Eggs
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) Antonin Jay WFVZ June 21, 1910 WFVZ-93598 Eremophila alpestris Eggs