Biography of Mrs. Isabell Duhig (w/o I. M.)
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MRS. ISABELL DUHIG.
Recognized as one of the well improved and fertile ranches of Napa county is the Duhig farm, which was for many years operated by the late I. M. Duhig, whose death occurred June 4, 1925, and who was long numbered among the progressive and enterprising citizens of Napa county. The ranch is now being managed by his widow, Mrs. Isabell Duhig, who has manifested sound business judgment and excellent discrimination in her handling of the property.

Mr. Duhig was a native son of Napa county and was born April 24, 1862. He attended the public schools and then took a course in engineering in Heald's Business College, after which he turned his attention to farming, to which occupation he devoted himself during his remaining years. His farm comprised one hundred acres of choice land, to the cultivation of which. he gave intelligent direction, and he was considered a man of more than ordinary sagacity and judgment in his business affairs. In addition to the cultivation of the soil, he also devoted some attention to the raising of sheep, keeping a good sized flock. He was a generous minded and accommodating man, unselfish in his relations with his neighbors, and he frequently assisted in jobs of steam engineering, which he had studied in his younger days. He was deeply interested in the public affairs of his community and was president of the Carneros District Telephone Company, was the first director of the Los Amigos Farm Center and rendered fifteen years of efficient service as clerk of the school board. Politically he was a stanch republican and was a Protestant in his religious faith.

Mr. Duhig was twice married, first in 1884 to Miss Mary Ralston, whose death occurred in 1889. To this union was born a son, Louis R., who is now engaged in the real estate business in San Francisco. He is a veteran of the World war, having served six months in the Philippine islands, after which he was sent to Siberia, where he served about a year and a half, when he was returned home and received an honorable discharge. In 1893 Mr. Duhig was married to Isabel Harris, and to them were born three children, namely: James H., who lives in Oakland, California, where he is assistant storekeeper for the Western Pacific railroad; Eudora, who is an inspector of engineering for the United States navy and lives in San Francisco; and Stewart, who lives at home. James H. had a fine record during the World war. He served in France and participated in some of the most important engagements in that country and in Belgium, including the Argonne and Marne battles, and remained there until after the signing of the armistice. In his youth he had taken a course in engineering in the Van der Naillen School of Engineering and was therefore detailed for much survey work while with the army.

Mrs. Duhig's father, J. R. Harris, was born in Ireland, November 4, 1838, and came to Napa county in 1869. He went into the mountains at Atlas peak where he hewed the timber for a cabin. In that cabin Mrs. Duhig was born, March 14, 1871. Mr. Harris was one of the real pioneers of this locality and contributed much to the early development of this section. He was one of the first men to plant shade trees in Napa county, and he and some of his neighbors sent a man and team all the way up to Oregon to secure fruit trees, as none could be had here. Mrs. Duhig's mother is now living with her, at the age of seventy one years. Mrs. Duhig also has three brothers and a sister living, namely: Joseph R., of Napa, who is the sheriff of Napa county and is the father of two sons; Frederick, who is a farmer near Monticello, Napa county, and is the father of three children; Harry R., who is a farmer and stockman in Napa county; and Mrs. Catherine Schleuse, who lives in Contra Costa county, where her husband is engaged in the insurance business.

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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