Biography of Carl Hilker
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CARL HILKER.
Numbered with the energetic, enterprising and progressive business men of St. Helena, Napa county, is Carl Hilker, who has long enjoyed a high reputation among the leading painting contractors of that locality. He is a native of Oldenburg, Germany, and his birth occurred on the 13th of December, 1888. He was educated in the public schools of his native land and learned the painting trade there, serving a four year apprenticeship. In 1911 Mr. Hilker immigrated to the United States, landing at New York city, where he obtained his first job as a painter in this country, working on the German Hospital. Five months later he came to St. Helena and for some time thereafter he was the only painting contractor here. During the years that he has been located here he has done a great deal of the more important jobs in his line, including work on schools, business blocks and many fine residences, arid' the quality of his work has been his best advertisement. Mr. Hilker has also been active in real estate development in Napa county, buying, improving and selling ranches, and remodeling and redecorating stores, which he then sells, likewise following the latter plan with residences, and in this line of effort he has made a Very gratifying profit. He came to this country a poor boy, and all that he has has been gained solely through his persistent and well directed activities.

Mr. Hilker is a prominent member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, having served in 1924 as the district deputy for Napa county. He has passed the chairs of the subordinate lodge and has sat in the grand lodge. He is also a member of the Improved Order of Red Men. He was married to Miss Emma Corthay, a native of Napa county. Her parents were born in San Francisco, while her grandparents were natives of France and came to California among the early pioneers. Mr. and Mrs. Hilker have two children, Carl and Harold.

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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