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BLINCK, Jean R. Van Julsingha
Transcribed from: The History of Florida: Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol.
Presented by Nancy Rayburn
III, page 80, 1923.
BLINCK, JEAN R. VAN JULSINGHA. During the nearly ten years that he has been a resident
of Tampa, JEAN R. VAN JULSINGHA BLINCK has been prominently identified with the city's
interests, and is an influencing factor in the social life and diplomatic circles of this
locality. He is of distinguished ancestry, inheriting an honorable name and a fine mental
organization, and these, improved by broad culture, resolute purpose and a life of probity
and rectitude, have carried him to an enviable place in the regard and affection of men,
and enabled him to achieve much for his own reputation, for the welfare of his country,
his adopted city, and for the benefit of his contemporaries, those who are working for
the advancement of Tampa and Hillsborough County.
JEAN R. VAN JULSINGHA BLINCK was born in Holland, August 22, 1855, where he remained for
the first ten years of his life, attending school, but he completed his education in Belgium,
France and England. Returning to Holland, he engaged in business, and for a time was in
charge of the central telephone office at Goningen, Holland. Coming to the United States
he became chief of the New York and New Jersey Telephone Company, but later resigned to
go into business as an electrical engineer, in New York City, where he remained until 1913,
when he came to Tampa on account of the illness of his wife. She was suffering acutely
from rheumatism. Immediately after their arrival at Tampa she began to show improvement,
and within two months was completely cured, the delightful surroundings and salubrious
climate of this region restoring her to health without the use of any medicines. From
then on Mr. BLINCK and his wife became enthusiasts with reference to Tampa which has
since continued to be their home. Mr. BLINCK is engaged here as an engineer and surveyor,
and since 1916 has been vice consul of the Netherlands. A man of deep sympathy and
generous impulses, his benefactions are many, and he is now acting as secretary and
superintendent of the Associated Charities of the city.
Mr. BLINCK was married in Holland to HELENA MARIA STUTTERKIESER, also a native of Holland.
They have two daughters and one son, namely: JENNETTE HENRIETTA, who is the wife of
JAMES G. DAVIS, of Tampa; ALEDA, who is the wife of HAROLD BLAKE, of Boston, Massachusetts;
and JOHN R. who is attending school at Tampa. Fraternally Mr. BLINCK maintains membership
with the Masons and Knights of Pythias.
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