Biography of Frank E. Goetze
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FRANK E. GOETZE.
The record of Frank E. Goetze is that of a man who by his own unaided efforts has worked his way from a modest beginning to a position of comfort and influence in his community. His life has been one of unceasing industry and perservance and the systematic and honorable methods which he has followed have won for him the unbounded confidence of his fellow citizens.

Mr. Goetze, who is the proprietor of the Acme Iron Works, at Napa the largest interprise of its kind in the county, was born in Saxony, Germany, on the 9th of July, 1891. He attended the public schools of his native land, and at the age of fifteen years he immigrated to the United States, locating at once in Napa. His first ambition was to acquire a knowledge of our language and to complete his general education, which he did by attending both day and night schools. He learned the trade of a blacksmith with A. C. Gruber & Son and later worked with Harry Bunce, and he then followed his trade in various parts of California for seven months, working in San Francisco, Paso Robles, Los Gatos, Santa Barbara, Orange and Los Angeles. Returning to Napa County, he was for a short time employed in a shop at Rutherford. In 1913, having been wisely economical of his finances, he bought a half interest in the business of Harry Bunce, who was operating the Acme Carriage Shop at No. 211 Brown street, Napa. Mr. Goetze devoted himself indefatigably to the interests of the business and fourteen months later bought his partner's interest, having since been the sole owner. In 1917 he erected his present fine plant at No. 1015 Fourth street, and he is now equipped to handle any work which comes to him. The building is of brick, one hundred and twenty feet square, and contains all the machinery required in a general repair business. Mr. Goetze does all kinds of blacksmith work, specializing in work on trucks, and also does a good deal of automobile body building. He is painstaking and accurate in the handling of every job that comes to him and has gained an excellent reputation for reliability and trustworthiness.

Mr. Goetze is likewise agent for the famous White trucks, the Reo speed wagons, and the Paige and Jewett passenger cars, having sold many in this locality, and he is also agent for the International Harvester Company farm implements. He started in business in a small way, employing but two workmen, but by reason of his close attention to his business and the high quality of the work turned out in his shop he has enjoyed a steady and substantial increase in business, until today he employs fifteen experienced workmen. He is entitled to a great deal of credit for what he has accomplished, and he has gained an enviable place in the respect and esteem of all who know him.

Mr. Goetze was married to Miss Amelia Neuenschwander, who was born and reared in Napa county, and they are the parents of three children: Bernice, aged ten years; Frank E., Jr., aged six years; and Alma, aged four years. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

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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