Widely known as a leading brick contractor of Napa county is Thomas Jessiman, whose capable management of his business
interests is bringing him substantial rewards. He was born in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, on the 21st of October,
1884, a son of Thomas and Margaret (Coutts) Jessiman. The family came to America in 1906, settling in Canada, where
the father was actively engaged in business for a number of years, being now retired. The mother passed away in
August, 1925. Our subject attended the schools of his native land and then learned the trade of a brick mason.
When twenty years of age he came to America and located in Winnipeg, Canada, where he remained until the fall of
1905, when he went to San Francisco, shortly afterward going to Arizona, where he spent two years. At the end of
that time he returned to Scotland, where he remained for two and a half years, during which time he was married.
He then again went to Canada, staying there from 1910 until the fall of 1914, when he came to Napa. He has been
identified with the brick business here ever since, having been in business on his own account for the past two
or three years, and he has done some of the best brick construction work to be found in this locality. A pleasing
example is his own home, a new brick house, which is one of the show places of Napa.
Mr. Jessiman was married to Miss Isabella McNeil, a native of Scotland, and they are the parents of eight children,
four sons and four daughters. Politically Mr. Jessiman gives his support to the republican party, though in local
elections he maintains an independent attitude, voting for the men he considers best qualified for the offices
they seek. Fraternally he is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, the Ancient Egyptian Order of Sciots, and
the Loyal Order of Moose. He has led an active and useful life and his career demonstrates what may be accomplished
by the exercise of earnest and intelligent effort. Before leaving his native land he became quite an athlete, taking
part in most of the games of the day, especially soccer football, which is the national game in Scotland. He still
takes a keen interest in all sports and is always on hand to support the local baseball team.
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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