Biography of John N. Mount
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JOHN N. MOUNT.
In the real estate history of Napa county the name of John N. Mount, of Napa, occupies a conspicuous place, for through a period of years he has stood as one of the representative realtors of his community progressive, enterprising and persevering. Such qualities always contribute to eventual success, and to Mr. Mount they have brought a satisfactory reward for his well directed efforts. While he has benefited himself and the community in a material way, he has also been a potent factor in the civic and moral welfare of the locality, supporting every beneficent measure that has been advanced for the public betterment.

Mr. Mount is a native of the city now honored by his residence, and he was born on the 23d of April, 1884, a son of Timothy N. and Emma V. (Jenkins) Mount. Timothy N. Mount was born in Toledo, Ohio, August 12, 1847, and was brought to California, by way of the Isthmus of Panama, June 16, 1853, coming to Napa in 1857. He supplemented his public school education by attending Napa College, and after completing his studies he located on a ranch of six hundred and forty acres in Brown's valley. Eventually he returned to Napa and served an apprenticeship to the blacksmith's trade, and he was later employed as foreman and bookkeeper for the Jackson Lumber Company. At the first election following the adoption of the new state constitution, he was elected constable of Napa township and served for three years. He then entered into a partnrship with J. H. Boke in the real estate business, continuing thus associated until the death of Mr. Boke in 1905, when he took his son, John N. Mount, into partnership. He was a very active business man and accomplished great things in the way of developing the city of Napa and its environs. In 1883 he subdivided seven hundred acres of land, comprising the Coombs tract, three miles northeast of Napa, and in 1885 he put on the market a second tract of seven hundred acres. The Fly tract of seven hundred acres was placed on the market in 1886-90 and was followed by the Rhodes, Fickthaler and other tracts. He was closely identified with the Napa Building and Loan Association from the time of its organization. Fraternally he was a member and past chancellor of Napa Lodge No. 23, Knights of Pythias. In 1871 Mr. Mount was married to Miss Emma V. Jenkins, of Wisconsin, whose death occurred August 17,1925.

John N. Mount attended the public and high schools of Napa, graduating from the latter, and then took a course in the California Business College, in San Francisco. Following the death of his father's partner, J. H. Boke, in 1905, he left college and entered into business with his father, an association which continued until the latter's death, in 1915, since which time he has been alone in the business, which has been in continuous operation since 1883. He is a firm believer in the plan of subdividing property and thus marketing it in better shape for home buyers, a method which encourages many to acquire their own homes who otherwise would not be able to do so. At the present time Mr. Mount is agent for and is working on the Gordon Park subdivision, which is a part of the old Gesford ranch. He has taken an active part in the business affairs of Napa, and he is at this time president of the People's Finance & Thrift Company.

Mr. Mount was married to Miss Anna R. McKenzie, a daughter of Alec McKenzie, a pioneer blacksmith of Monticello, Napa county. To this union have been born two sons, John Roderick and Herbert Donald. Fraternally Mr. Mount is a member of Napa Lodge No. 23, Knights of Pythias; Napa Parlor No. 62, Native Sons of the Golden West; the Modern Woodmen of America, and the Napa Rotary Club. Politically he gives his support to the republican party and keeps well informed on the issues of the day. He cooperates earnestly in the efforts to advance the interests of the community along all legitimate lines, and he is held in the highest regard among his fellow citizens because of his ability, success and genuine worth as a man and a citizen.

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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