Emil Leuenberger, well known citizen of Napa county, who is practically retired from active business life and is
now quietly enjoying the fruits of his former years of endeavor, was born in Switzerland on the 6th of April, 1859.
He secured a good, practical education in the public and high schools of that country, in addition to which he
attended a military school, and he served for a time in the Swiss army, after which for two years he was in the
employ of the government. Afterward for several years he operated a ticket office with his father, carrying on
that business until 1884, when he immigrated to the United States. He came directly to San Francisco and soon afterward
bought a ranch near St. Helena, Napa county. There he was engaged in the wine business for about two years, after
which he returned to San Francisco and there continued in that line until the passage of the national prohibition
amendment compelled him to close out the business, since which time he has not been an active factor in business
affairs. In 1906 he had purchased the winery just south of St. Helena, which formerly belonged to John Thoman,
who went to Switzerland on a visit and died there. Mr. Leuenberger is a republican in his political affiliation
and takes a keen interest in public affairs, though not a seeker after public office. In religion he is a Protestant.
In 1884 Mr. Leuenberger was married to Miss Mary C. Sutter, who was born in Switzerland in 1860. She came to this
country and located in San Francisco, where she established herself as an exclusive dressmaker. She was very successful,
being patronized by the best class of people, for whom she made two trips a year to Paris to select gowns. She
too has retired from active business life.
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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