Biography of Paul D. Michelson
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PAUL D. MICHELSON.
In the list of Napa county's active, successful and popular citizens the present county treasurer, Paul D. Michelson, occupies a prominent place. His record as a public official has been a most commendable one, being marked by strict fidelity to duty and notable ability in conducting the affairs of his responsible office, and he stands deservedly high in the confidence and esteem of his fellow citizens. Mr. Michelson was born in San Francisco on the 4th day of May, 1863, and is the son of Capt. P. D. and Christina (Gluppen) Michelson, both of whom were natives of Norway. His father was a seafaring man for many years and in the early '50s he rounded Cape Horn and came to San Francisco, from which port during the following years until 1863 he commanded vessels in the coastwise trade. He then came to Napa and operated a sailing vessel on the Napa river, transporting freight to San Francisco. That was before the advent of the railroad into Napa and Captain Michelson followed that vocation during the remainder of his active life. He was a fine type of the sturdy old time sailor and was a man of strong character and sterling integrity, enjoying the respect of all who knew him.

Paul D. Michelson received his educational training in the public schools of Napa and at an early age was put to work in a butcher shop in Napa. Then for eight years he was employed as a leather grader in the plant of the Sawyer Tanning Company. He then learned the trade of a barber and for thirty years he conducted a barber shop in Napa. In 1914 he was elected treasurer of Napa county and so satisfactory was his performance of the exacting duties of that office that he has twice been elected to succeed himself and is now serving his third term. His career has been an honor to his community, for he has been unselfish and tireless in his devotion to public affairs. Exactness and thoroughness have characterized all his work, for he believes in doing well whatever he undertakes. No movement for the betterment of the city or county has ever lacked for his support and he has always been found on the right side of every moral issue. He is a genial and companionable man and enjoys a wide acquaintance throughout the county, in which he has many loyal and admiring friends.

Mr. Michelson has always given his support to the republican party and has been active in its interests. He is a member of Napa Lodge No. 832, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and Napa Parlor of the Native Sons of the Golden West. He married Miss Louise Keihn, a native of San Francisco, and they have four children, Dr. Paul D. Michelson, Jr., of San Francisco; Melvin O. Michelson, also of San Francisco; Benjamin Franklin Michelson, of Oakland, and Miss Louise Pauline Michelson, of San Francisco.

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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