Biography of Charles B. Sampson
Napa County, CA Biographies





CHARLES B. SAMPSON.
A man who boldly faces the responsibilities of life and by determined and untiring energy carves out for himself an honorable success exerts a strong influence on the lives of those with whom he comes in contact, for such men constitute the foundation of our republican institutions and are the pride of our civilization. Such has been the record of Charles B. Sampson, who is the senior member of the well known hardware firm of Sampson & Rossi, of Napa. He was born in that city on the 25th of May, 1865, and is a son of Andrew Sampson, a native of Sweden, who immigrated to the United States and came to Napa in the late '50s. For a while after locating here he ran a towboat line on the Napa river, the boats being drawn down the river to deep water by mules. That was in the days prior to the construction of the railroad, when all the local freight was brought in by way of the river. He later operated a schooner between Napa and San Francisco and eventually engaged in trucking in Napa.

Charles B. Sampson attended the old Central school in his native city, and during that period he spent his spare hours working in the hardware store of Thompson & Shurtleff. He later worked full time for this firm, being with them for six years altogether, and then went to Salinas, California, where for two years he was in the employ of Ford & Sanborn. Returning to Napa, he entered the employ of the W. F. Ingalls Hardware Company, remaining there a year, and then for sixteen years he was a traveling salesman for the leading hardware firm of San Francisco. In 1916 Mr. Sampson returned to Napa and bought the W. F. Ingalls store, in which he had formerly worked, and took in as a partner his son in law, A. J. Rossi, the firm being known as Sampson & Rossi. From the beginning they have enjoyed a good trade, which has steadily increased in volume until today the concern is considered one of the leading hardware firms of Napa county. They carry a large and complete line of shelf and heavy hardware and have gained an excellent reputation for reliability and square dealing.

Mr. Sampson was married to Miss Gussie Kather, who was born in Napa, a member of an old pioneer family of this locality, and is now deceased. To them were born two daughters: Bernice, who is the wife of A. J. Rossi and has two children, Raymond C. and Loraine L.; and Gladys, who is the wife of Roscoe Griffin, of Los Angeles, and the mother of a son, Ross S. Mr. Sampson is a charter member of the Napa lodge, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, having been the eighth man to join that lodge, and he is also a charter member of the Napa parlor of the Native Sons of the Golden West. He has always been true to every trust, and he enjoys the confidence and respect of all who know him. He wisely decided to spend his life on his native soil rather than seek uncertain fortune elsewhere, and his decision has been abundantly justified by the fine success which has crowned his efforts here.

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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