James Harvey Logan

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James Harvey Logan
Born(1841-12-08)December 8, 1841
DiedJuly 16, 1928(1928-07-16) (aged 86)
Parent(s)Samuel McCampbell Logan
Mary Elizabeth McMurtry

James Harvey Logan (December 8, 1841 - July 16, 1928)[1] was a judge in Santa Cruz, California. He was District Attorney in the 1870s and a Superior Court Judge during the 1880s and 1890s. He is credited with the 1881 creation of the loganberry, a cross between the raspberry and the blackberry.


He was born on December 8, 1841 in Rockville, Indiana.[2] After moving to Santa Cruz, Logan was elected District Attorney on 1 September 1875. He had been endorsed by both the Democrats and the Independent ticket.[3] He had previously served as District Attorney in 1872 and 1873. Logan was subsequently elected to the Superior Court and served several terms as judge, from 1880 to 1884 and from 1893 to 1897.

Logan built the Brookdale Lodge on the site of the Grover Lumber Mill in the 1890s, purchased the Brookdale Town Site in 1902, put in a wagon road and had a cottage built in 1905, and had lots laid out in 1907. His wife, Catherine, died at Brookdale on 13 July 1909. He sold the land to John DuBois for a subdivision by 1911.

Logan married Mary E. Couson on 1 August 1910; they had a daughter—Gladys C. Logan—on 14 August 1911. Although Logan moved to Oakland, California in 1913, he continued business activity in the Santa Cruz area, building a new store in 1915.[4]

He died on July 16, 1928 in Oakland, California.[5]


  1. ^ www.garrisonlogan.org
  2. ^ Important Men of 1913. 1913. Logan, James Harvey, retired Superior Court Judge, and Lawyer; born in Rockville, Ind., Dec. 8, 1841; son of Samuel McCampbell and Mary Elizabeth (McMurtry) Logan. Education: four years' classical course, Waveland Collegiate Inst., Waveland, Ind. Married Mary Elizabeth Couson, Aug. 1, 1910, at Santa Cruz, Cal. Originator of loganberry (1882), the only successful cross ever made between the raspberry and the blackberry, and now very successfully and generally cultivated for family and commercial uses on the Pacific slope, particularly in Washington and Oregon; also originator of the mammoth blackberry, the largest blackberry ever known, some of them being two and one-half inches long; both of these berries are very early, and ripen at least six weeks earlier than any other fruit of the blackberry family; these berries were the result of early gardening done for recreation and pleasure, and were never used commercially by the originator. Pres. (seven years) Bank of Santa Cruz County; pres. (five years) Brookdale Land Co.; dist. atty. (ten years) Santa Cruz County; superior judge Superior Court of Santa Cruz County. Residence: No. 28 Dake Ave., Santa Cruz, Cal.
  3. ^ "Santa Cruz Sentinel 11 September 1875 3:3-4 "Official Election Returns of Santa Cruz County" in Biography of Stephen Mallory White, "Transcriber's Notes for Letter D," Hihn-Younger Archive, University of California at Santa Cruz". Archived from the original on 11 November 2004. Retrieved 2007-01-18.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link) accessed 2007-01-17
  4. ^ Santa Cruz Public Library, "Mountain Echo Index, 1896--1916" Accessed 2007-01-17 Archived July 26, 2005, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "James H. Logan Dead. Producer of the Loganberry Was Also Noted as a Jurist". New York Times. July 17, 1928. Retrieved 2008-08-08. James H. Logan, 86, producer of the loganberry and famed as an amateur horticulturist, died here today. ...