JOHN D. COCHRANE.
The estimation in which a man is held by his fellow citizens is a fair criterion by which to judge his life, and
in the case of John D. Cochrane it is the consensus of opinion among those who know him intimately that he is a
good citizen in the best sense of the phrase; that he is worthy of all confidence and trust, and is therefore entitled
to specific mention among the representative men of his county. Mr. Cochrane, the able and efficient secretary
and manager of the People's Finance and Thrift Company, off Napa, is a native of Scotland, born near Dumfries on
the 22d day of October, 1884, and is the son of John and Jennie (Dinwiddie) Cochrane. The father, who was a farmer
by vocation, is deceased, but the mother is still living.
John D. Cochrane received his educational training in the public schools of his native land and remained at home
until twenty years of age, when he emigrated to America. His first location was at Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, where
he obtained employment with the International Harvester Company, with which concern he remained two years. He then
came to California and for two years was located on the Cuthbertson ranch in Mendocino county, following which,
in 1908, he came to Napa, where for three years he was employed in a grocery store. He then established a store
of his own on Calistoga avenue, where he remained for nine years, following which he bought the Chapman grocery
store in First street and, changing the name to Cochrane's grocery, ran that business until in 1923, when he became
interested in the People's Finance and Thrift Company, of which he became secretary and manager. This is a substantial
and successful organization and has proved to be one of the most practieable and helpful institutions of the kind
in this locality. Mr. Cochrane has been eminently successful in his own affairs since locating in Napa and has
long enjoyed an excellent standing among the business men of this community, his record having been an honorable
and creditable one in every respect.
In 1910 Mr. Cochrane married Miss Helen Green. who was born and reared in St. Louis, Missouri, and they have four
children, Jean, Evangeline, Ruth and John. Mr. Cochrane gives his support to the republican party and has taken
a deep interest in the public affairs of the community, giving appreciated service as a member of the board of
school trustees. He is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, the Knights of Pythias and the Rotary Club, of
which latter he is a past president. He is also president of the Chamber of Commerce. He is an active worker in
the Methodist Episcopal church and has served as superintendent of the Sunday school for seven years. He is a man
of quiet and studious habits, keeps in close touch with the leading questions of the day and always stands on the
right side of every moral issue. Genial and accommodating in manner, with a kindly and generous attitude toward
those with whom he associates, he has won and retains a host of warm friends throughout Napa and vicinity.
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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