In the list of Napa county's successful citizens Henry Brown, president of the Bank of Napa, occupies a prominent
place. He is a worthy representative of that type of American character and of that progressive spirit which promotes
public good and conserves popular interests while advancing individual prosperity. He has long been closely identified
with the public affairs of Napa county and while his efforts have brought him success they have also contributed
to the general welfare of the community and county.
Mr. Brown was born in Eldorado county, California, on the 14th day of June, 1856, and is the son of Henry and Johanna
(Mingin) Brown, the former a native of England and the latter of Ireland. Mr. Brown secured his elemental education
in the public schools of Napa, after which he studied in the Oakmound School, and completed his education in the
University of California. In 1876 he became connected with the administration of county affairs, being appointed
deputy county clerk, auditor and recorder. Later he held other deputyships in the county offices and came to be
recognized as a man of unusual capacity and efficiency in any position in which he was placed. In 1884 Mr. Brown
was elected county auditor and recorder, in which position he served ten years, with ability and to the entire
satisfaction of the people. On June 1, 1894, he was appointed cashier of the Bank of Napa and served in that position
until 1922, when his ability and faithfulness was recognized in his elevation to the presidency of that institution,
which position he is now holding.
The Bank of Napa is the oldest bank in Napa county and one of the oldest in the state of California, having been
organized on September 13, 1871. The first president was C. Hartson, who served until 1880. S. M. Chapman was president
from 1884 to 1922. W. C. Watson was the first cashier and it is worthy of note that there have been but three cashiers
during the entire history of the bank. The late W. W. Thompson was the last survivor of the original board of directors.
The bank has had a prosperous career, its growth having been steady and continuous, until today it shows combined
resources of two and a quarter million dollars. Its paid in capital is one hundred and fifty thousand dollars and
it has a surplus of one hundred and sixty thousand dollars. The new bank building, erected in 1924, is stately
and dignified in its style and is considered one of the finest bank buildings in the state of California. The present
official personnel of the Bank of Napa is as follows: President, Henry Brown; vice president, R. L. Brown; cashier
and secretary, F. E. Trubody; assistant cashier, R. S. Holden; directors, Henry Brown, R. L. Brown, F. E. Trubody,
Mrs. Henry Brown, Henry C. Holden, P. S. King, W. D. Mansfield, L. J. Norton and R. P. Lamdin.
Mr. Brown is a director of the Napa Valley Electric Company and a director of the Eaglet Oil Company of San Francisco.
He is a member of Napa Parlor of the Native Sons of the Golden West and of the Napa Rotary Club. On December 14,
1887, he married Miss Dora C. Kellett, who was born and reared in Napa county and they are the parents of three
children, R. L., Jean and Mrs. Florence B. Foote. A public spirited citizen, Mr. Brown has been ready at all times
to use his means and influence for the promotion of such measures as were calculated to be for the betterment or
improvement of the community. Although quiet and unassuming, he possesses a strong and vigorous personality and
is well qualified for the position which he is so ably filling. Throughout an interesting and active career faithfulness
to duty has ever been his motive of action, and usefulness to his fellow men not by any means a secondary consideration.
A man of marked native ability, liberal education, high personal character and keen business instincts, he has
richly earned the exalted place he holds in the confidence and esteem of the entire community.
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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