JUDGE M. M. MORAN.
Judge M. M. Moran is one of the well known men of Napa county and has contributed his quota to the welfare of the
community where he redsides. His career as a justice of the peace has been characterized by an able and impartial
discharge of his duties, and he has long enjoyed an enviable reputation throughout this section of the country.
Judge Moran was born in Quebec, Canada, on the 16th of September, 1857, and there he spent his earlier years and
attended school. Seeking a larger field of opportunity he came to Superior City, Wisconsin, where he was employed
as a millwright in the sawmills of Payton, Kembal & Barbour. There he remained until 1885, when he went to
North Platte, Nebraska, where he followed his trade and where he also first took up undertaking. He later went
to Julesburg, Colorado, and erected the fourth house in that settlement. Going from there to Big Springs, Nebraska,
he followed the contracting and building business for eighteen years, and he then went to Denver, Colorado, where
he was employed by the Denver Tramway Company. In October, 1905, Judge Moran came to California, locating first
in Lake county, but on June 2, 1906, he came to Calistoga, Napa county, where he took the contract to repair the
Catholic church. He was impressed with the beauty of the country and the healthfulness of the climate and decided
to remain here, his decision being further strengthened by the fact that there was no registered undertaker here,
and this afforded him an opening in that field. During the subsequent years he has handled his full share of the
business in that line and has gained a high place in the respect of the people because of his tact, good taste
and painstaking efforts to be of real help to those who require his services as a funeral director.
Judge Moran so impressed the people of his community with his ability that he was elected justice of the peace
and was reelected, now serving his second term. In the discharge of his official duties he has made a splendid
record, his decisions and official acts being characterized by wisdom and moderation, impartiality and justice,
and he has gained the sincere esteem of the entire community. In appreciation of his record and his fine character
as a man, the supervisors of Napa county presented him with a fine oak desk and chair, a recognition heartily seconded
by every one who knows him. He is a charter member of the Calistoga Rotary Club, of which he is an ardent booster.
Judge Moran was married to Miss Millicent B. Kemp, and to them were born three children, namely: Frank R., of Visalia,
California; Clarence M., of San Francisco; and Mrs. Mona L. Menary, of Lake county. Clarence is a veteran of the
World war, having served for eighty six days on the fighting line on the west front in France, and he was with
the Army of Occupation in Germany.
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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