James Athearn

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

James Athearn was born in Nantucket, Massachusetts back in 1835 to Samuel and Nancy.  When he was eleven James helped his family recover and reconstruct their family’s business due to a fire.

When he was fourteen he set out to California for the gold rush.  Using a raft and hiking he crossed the Panama ending up at Isthmus.  From there he waited for a mail steamer arriving in San Francisco in 1850.

Once he arrived in San Francisco instead of heading to the gold fields he stayed, because of the high wages being offered.  While he was there he helped build a spice-and-coffee mill for a man named William H. Bovee.

In 1860, he founded the San Francisco coffee firm.  Now you may not know James Athearn but you undoubtedly know James Athearn Folger.  The San Francisco coffee firm he founded was known as the J.A. Folger Coffee Company, today it is simply known as Folgers Coffee.  I know you’re smiling so just keep those pearly whites showing and pass it on (smile that is).


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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks so much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Good coffee.

Sep 14, 2017 04:20 AM #1
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Wow that is a brand that is known to many.  I had no idea.  Always something new to learn on AR.  A

Sep 14, 2017 04:31 AM #2
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

I am glad to see that you are featuring some old Nantucket families - those Quakers went around the world in search of whales and their descendents changed the world.  Are you going to write about the Macy family? Yes - the same family came from Nantucket - and Starbucks came from a character in Moby Dick which of course is about a  whaling ship and captain out of Nantucket

Sep 14, 2017 04:52 AM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

How interesting, James. Folgers is certainly a name widely recognized but I doubt anyone knows how it came about.

Sep 14, 2017 04:53 AM #4
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Nothing like waking up to a good cup of joe!

Trying to think of all the displays built just for coffee.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Sep 14, 2017 04:57 AM #5
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. I took a SWAG (scientific wild ass guess) when I saw the name and, for once, I was right! Enjoy your day!

Sep 14, 2017 05:16 AM #6
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I never forgot the best part of waking up is Folger's in your cup.

Sep 14, 2017 05:41 AM #7
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Isn't it interesting how someone can go from hunting gold to creating a coffee company? Thanks for sharing, James!

Sep 14, 2017 05:44 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. I am smiling and recognize this name too.

Sep 14, 2017 06:55 AM #9
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks for the info, James.  I have often used this brand of coffee.

Sep 14, 2017 07:06 AM #10
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James,

I did not know how Folgers Coffee got started! 

Sep 14, 2017 07:25 AM #11
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - he must have started the whole coffee thing in the Northwest.

Sep 14, 2017 07:55 AM #12
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good one for sure,  They make some great coffee and probably the top 2 in the business in the U.S.

Sep 14, 2017 08:51 AM #13
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

So, he found his gold, but it was in the coffee business, nice story my friend.

Sep 14, 2017 10:16 AM #14
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I knew it had something to do with being good to the very last drop James Dray or was that Maxwell House

Sep 14, 2017 10:30 AM #15
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

Another great history lesson! I love these. Keep them coming, please!

Oct 13, 2017 02:05 PM #16
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