Biography of Homer O. Banta
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HOMER O. BANTA
Homer O. Banta, who owns an automobile service station at 845 Foothill boulevard, San Leandro, has made a very favorable impression on the people of his community, and the success which has come to him has been well deserved, for he has earnestly striven to give the highest quality of service and a square deal to everyone who patronizes him.

He was born in Collamer, Whitley county, Indiana, on the 29th of September, 1871, and is a son of Henry and Emily F. (Henderson) Banta. The family came to California in 1885, locating in Fresno, where the father took up contracting and building, having followed that occupation in Indiana, and his death occurred in Fresno at the age of eighty two years. The mother died at the age of sixty eight years.

Homer O. Banta secured his education in the public schools and after the removal of the family to Fresno he worked for his father. In 1898 he went to Alaska, lured by the wonderful stories of great gold deposits, and for awhile he was engaged in prospecting on the Porcupine and Big Salmon rivers. Later he built a steam laundry at Haines in that territory, which he ran successfully for twenty one years. He then returned to California, and on October 3, 1923, established his present business, for which purpose he bought one acre of land at 845 Foothill boulevard. Here he has a gas filling station, carrying the General Oil Company's gasoline and oils, as well as a full line of the best eastern oils. He gives free crankcase service ; keeps a good stock of accessories, and has a well equipped refreshment stand, and in the years that he has been here he has built up a large and steadily increasing business, his plant representing an investment of about twelve thousand dollars.

On January 28, 1893, in Denver, Colorado, Mr. Banta was united in marriage to Miss Florence Foster, a native of Kentucky, and they have an adopted son, Warren C., who is now ten years of age.

Mr. Banta is a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, in which he has taken the degrees of the Scottish Rite, belonging to Alaska Consistory, and is also a member of Nile Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., at Seattle, Washington. He belongs to the San Leandro Rotary Club. In his career he has exhibited a high type of citizenship and in his business affairs has shown himself a man of sound judgment, so that he commands to a marked degree the respect and confidence of his fellowmen.

From:
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928


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