THEO W BERNHARD.
In every life of honor and usefulness there is no lack of interesting incidents; yet in summing up the career of
any man for a work of this nature it is necessary only to touch upon those salient points which give the keynote
to his character. In Mr. Bernhard's career are found abundant evidences of those qualities of character which always
insure success a right purpose, the ability to carry out that purpose and determination and persistency in the
effort. Because of these things he is today numbered among the successful and prominent business men of Napa.
Theo. W. Bernhard was born on a farm in Napa county on the 26th of May, 1880, and is a son of George and Philipina
(Brubacher) Bernhard. Both parents were born in Germany, whence they came to the United States in early life. They
were married in the east and soon afterward came to Napa county, where they located on a farm, to the cultivation
of which the father has devoted his attention ever since. Theo. W. Bernhard attended the public schools of his
home neighborhood and then became a student in the Napa Business College, where he was in attendance during 1897-98.
He subsequently worked at various occupations, his first employment being in the butcher shop of a Mr. Knox, who
had started the business, and it is worthy of note that Mr. Bernhard is now one of the owners of this same shop.
In 1903, some years following his employment with Mr. Knox, he bought an interest in the business and he bought
Mr. Knox's interest in 1908, continuing as sole owner until 1919, when his brother Rudolph became a partner in
the enterprise. The Bernhard brothers have been very successful in their management of this business, which has
steadily increased in volume ever since they took charge of it. They raise their own stock, which they butcher,
and manufacture their own sausages and smoked meats, and they also deal extensively in live stock. They carry in
their shop a large and complete line of meats, and because of the quality of their products and their fair and
honest treatment of their customers they now command a representative trade throughout the city and vicinity.
Theo. W. Bernhard was married to Miss Elizabeth Bartholomew, who had conducted a business of her own in Napa prior
to her marriage. They are the parents of two children, Louise and William. In political affairs Mr. Bernhard has
always supported the republican party and has manifested commendable interest in all public affairs relating to
the prosperity or development of his locality. Fraternally he is a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of
Elks and the Napa Rotary Club. He is a busy man, his business interests requiring much of his time, but he never
neglects his obligations to the community or his fellow citizens. He is by nature progressive, as is abundantly
evidenced in an inspection of his meat plant, where everything is kept in an absolutely first class sanitary condition,
while the refrigerating plant and everything else of a mechanical nature about the place is up to date and modern
in every respect. Mr. Bernhard takes pride in good work, and he reflects credit on the community in which he lives.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Napa County, CA
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