Biography of Eward W. Arnetz
Napa County, CA Biographies





EDWARD W. ARNITZ.
Edward W. Arnitz, member of the well known contracting firm of Coffield & Arnitz, possesses a strong and sturdy character and has not only been successful in his individual affairs but has contributed largely to the material welfare of Napa. He is a business man of more than ordinary sagacity and foresight, and is deservedly ranked as one of the leaders in business circles in his county. A native of Napa, he was born June 5, 1889, and is a son of John J. and Eliza (Snyder) Arnitz, both of whom were natives of New York state. The father died about 1907, but the mother is still living. John J. Arnitz came to Napa county about forty years ago and followed farming pursuits in the Napa valley. He was a man of fine character, indomitable energy and public spirit. Of the children born to him and his wife, eight are living, namely: John J., Jr., of San Francisco; Mrs. B. Hien, of Brown's valley; Mrs. C. Kimball, Mrs. J. Sim and Adolph, of Napa; Benjamin, of Richmond, Edward W., subject of this sketch; and Elizabeth.

Edward W. Arnitz attended the old Polk street school, Napa, the schools in the Salvador and Jefferson districts, the Napa Redwood school and the Central school. At the age of thirteen years he was apprenticed to the plumbing trade with the H. Schwartz Company, in Napa, and he remained with them about five years, after which he worked at his trade in various places in the west. Upon the entry of the United States into the World war he enlisted in the Three Hundred and Nineteenth Engineers Battalion of the Eighth Division and was sent to France. There he became superintendent of construction of Camp Brest, at Brest, and on his return to the United States, at the end of a year, he was sent to the Mare Island navy yard, where he was leading man in the pipe division for eighteen months. In 1920 Mr. Arnitz formed a partnership with his father in law, W. M. Coffield, and they engaged in the building and contracting business, in which they have continued to the present time, having earned a widespread reputation as competent, efficient and reliable builders. They have handled many of the largest and most important building contracts here in recent years, including the Napa Junction school and the James Noyes residence, as well as the remodeling of the Gifford department store and the erection of many fine bungalows and cottages in Napa and St. Helena. They have recently completed a forty thousand dollar residence near the Napa Sodo springs, Napa county, for Max Rothchild, which is undoubtedly the most artistic home in the county, being of rustic style, with hardwood interior finish, and complete and modern in every respect. The firm of Coffield & Arnitz has prospered through the years and has demonstrated its ability to handle successfully anything in the building line. They own their own planing mill, in which all their mill work is done, and this naturally has given them a large advantage in the speedy handling of their work.

Mr. Arnitz was married to Miss Ruth Coffield, who was born in West Virginia and was reared in Napa, a daughter of W. M. Coffield, and they have one child, Marian Frances, who is four years of age. Mr. Arnitz is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in all of its branches, the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Fraternal Order of Eagles as well as the Kiwanis Club of Napa. He is a pleasant and genial man and easily wins friends, being well liked in the community in which he resides.

From:
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
and Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago 1926


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