From The Oakland Tribune, 17 May 1919, p. 3'
John Estey, Pioneer Contractor, is Dead
John Estey, civil war veteran, a pioneer resident and contractor of Oakland, died early this morning at his home in East Oakland, following an illness of several weeks. Estey came to the coast and settled in Oakland during the late 70s when the city was a mere village, and he superintended the building of many of the present structures which have become landmarks.
He retired from active business nine years ago. During the civil war he joined the army of the North from New Hampshire, his native state. He was severely wounded. Upon his discharge, with the rank of sergeant, he received the medal for meritorious service. Estey was a member of the Appomattox Corps, Grand Army of the Republic. He was 77 years old.
Estey is survived by a widow, Mrs. Caroline S. Estey, a son, C. V. Estey, and three daughters, Mrs. A. T. Spence of Alameda, Mrs. Mabel Doss, and Mrs. D. S. Willard.
The funeral will take place on Monday afternoon from a local undertaking parlor.