Irving L. Blinn letters
Irving L. Blinn was born in San Francisco, California, on August 2, 1870, the son of Lewis Blinn (1842-1928) and Celia Little (d. 1919). His father owned the L. W. Blinn Lumber Company, which owned lumber yards throughout California and the southwestern United States. After attending public schools in Sacramento, Irving studied at Hopkins Academy in Oakland and at St. Matthew's Hall in San Mateo. He inherited his father's business and later founded the Blinn-Waldo Mill Company in Westport, Oregon. His first wife, Genevieve Nannery of New Brunswick, Canada (1874-1956), was a silent film star; they had one son, Lewis Winship Blinn II (b. 1896), and divorced in 1904. He then married Corrine Cottrell Basset of New York.