John Hartley, a successful farmer and progressive citizen of the Salvador district, has lived a busy and useful
life, and his career has been fraught with much good to his fellowmen, for while laboring to advance his own interests
he has never been neglectful of his larger duties to the public. He is a native of England, born on the 4th of
June, 1862, and he there secured a good education in the public schools. In 1887 he came to the United States,
locating in Fresno, California, where he engaged in farming, remaining there until 1904, when he came to Napa county
and bought a ranch in the Salvador district, to which he has devoted his efforts and attention continuously since.
Mr. Hartley is a man of thoughtful and studious disposition, with an original turn of mind. At the age of nineteen
years he was employed as manager of the Butler Holiday Company, of Rouen, France, holding that position for six
years, and during that period he invented and brought out an improvement on the weaving machines which has proven
of inestimable value to the manufacturers. It consisted in what is called the "self stop motion," by
which, when a warp thread breaks during the process of weaving, the loom automatitally stops in two turns thereafter.
Another product of Mr. Hartley's experiments is the Hartley walnut, a fine grade which he has developed and propagated
since coming to Napa county and which is recognized as a nut of superior qualities by experts in this line. Mr.
Hartley asserts that the propagating of this improved walnut was one of the most pleasurable things he has ever
done. For a period of about fourteen years Mr. Hartley served as president of the Roachdale store in Napa and in
In 1893 Mr. Hartley was married to Miss Hermine Linde, and they are the parents of five children, a daughter and
four sons. Politically he has been an ardent supporter of the republican party and has ever taken a commendable
interest in the trend of public affairs. He has been a persistent advocate of all measures for the advancement
of the community along material, civic or moral lines, and his consistent stand in these matters has been recognized
and appreciated by his fellowmen, who hold him in high esteem because of his genuine worth as a man and a citizen.
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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