JAMES G. FINCH.
One of the men who has stamped the impress of his strong individuality upon the minds of the people of his community
in such a manner as to render him one of the conspicuous characters of the locality is James G. Finch, the efficient
and popular town clerk of Calistoga and manager of the City Water Company. Faithfulness to duty and strict adherence
to a fixed purpose have been dominating factors in his life, and today he stands deservedly high in the esteem
and confidence of all who know him. Mr. Finch is a native of Liverpool, England, where he was born on the 28th
of June, 1862. He was there reared, securing his education in the public schools, and he learned the trade of a
machinist. In 1887 he immigrated to the United States, coming to California in May, 1889. His first employment
here was in construction work on the Leland Stanford University buildings, at Palo Alto. On March 20, 1890, he
came to the Oat Hill mine, in Napa county, where he was employed at machine work for eight years. After that he
followed the vocation of mining in various localities in this state for a number of years. Mr. Finch became manager
of the Aetna mine and then for seventeen years was employed at the New Idria quicksilver mine in San Benito county.
In 1916 he came to Calistoga as manager of the Rutherford mine, and he was also manager of the Sulphur Banks mine
in Lake county. He was then chosen a member of the board of trustees of the town of Calistoga and is now serving
as town clerk and as manager of the City Water Company. In both of these responsible positions Mr. Finch has shown
business ability of a high order, combined with faithfulness in the discharge of his duties, and he has earned
the commendation of all who are acquainted with the character of his work.
Mr. Finch was married to Miss Jennie M. Failing, who was born and reared in the state of Minnesota, and they are
the parents of four daughters, namely: Mrs. George P. Kettlewell, of St. Helena, California; Mrs. J. C. Caldwell,
of Humboldt county, California; Mrs. C. Mariani, of Calistoga; and Retta Isabelle, who is a graduate of the Armstrong
College in Berkeley.
Mr. Finch has entered into the various activities of the community and has became a very popular member of the
circles in which he moves. He is a member of Calistoga Lodge No. 233, Free and Accepted Masons, of which he is
secretary, and he is also secretary of Calistoga Chapter No. 118, Royal Arch Masons. He has taken a deep interest
in educational affairs and is a trustee of the Calistoga union high school.
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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