Biography of Thomas A. Hewitt
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THOMAS A. HEWITT.
Thomas A. Hewitt, prominent and successful fuel and feed dealer of St. Helena, was born in Charlotte county, New Brunswick, on the 2d of May, 1871. He received his education in the schools of his home neighborhood, and he then secured work as a logger on West Grand lake, also learned the trade of a blacksmith. In 1888 Mr. Hewitt came to Seattle, Washington, and later went to Bellingham, that state. There, together with his brother, he bought fourteen head of oxen and engaged in logging on Lake Watson, following that line of work until the spring of 1895, when he came to Napa. Here he again worked at the blacksmith's trade, being employed in Williams' blacksmtih shop, and some time later he entered the employ of the Napa Soda Springs Company as a wagon driver. At the end of four months he became the driver of a delivery wagon for the mercantile establishment of J. A. McClellan, of Napa, and subsequently entered the employ of Captain Hatt, who was engaged in the warehouse business in that city. In 1914 Mr. Hewitt came to St. Helena and embarked in the feed and fuel business, in which he met with success from the beginning and in which he has continued to the present time. He carries a full line of both feed and fuel and gives prompt service, his dealings with the public having been of such a character as to win for him universal confidence and regard.

In December, 1895, Mr. Hewitt was married to Miss Hattie Ganther, who was born at Napa Soda Springs, Napa county. Her farther, Nelson Ganther, was the pioneer stone mason of Napa county, and he built all but one of the buildings at the Napa soda springs twenty nine years ago, they being constructed entirely from native stone, found in the county. He also erected the attractive and substantial stone arch over the entrance to the Napa State Hospital grounds. To Mr. and Mrs. Hewitt have been born two daughters: Mrs. Edna Handle, of Napa; and Shirley May, who remains at home. Mr. Hewitt is a member of the Knights of Pythias.

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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