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Jim Estes, founder of Alpha Farm, dies at 91

Posted: Friday, Oct 18th, 2013

Jim Estes

Jim Estes, co-owner of Alpha-Bit café, bookstore and craft shop in Mapleton and co-founder of Alpha Farm community in Deadwood, died Oct. 5, 2013, of complications from a stroke.

James Powell Estes was born April 18, 1922, in Birmingham, Ala., to James Powell Estes Jr. and Laura Sumerlin Estes, the third of four children.

Jim took pride in having studied four years of Latin in a small country school. The family then moved to Gulfport, Miss., where he graduated from high school and attended junior college. Jim joined the U.S. Navy and served in the South Pacific from 1942 to 1946.

After his Navy service, Jim attended the University of California at Berkeley, where he began a long career in journalism as managing editor of the student newspaper, the Daily Californian. After graduation, Jim worked at the Stockton Record and as an editor at the San Francisco Chronicle.

For the complete article see the 10-19-2013 issue.

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