Biography of R. D. Scofield
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R. D. SCOFIELD.
Among the successful and favorably known citizens of Napa county who are entitled to representation in a history of their locality is R. D. Scofield, who has gained an excellent reputation as a competent and reliable building contractor. The qualities which have made him one of the prominent and successful men of Napa county have also brought him the esteem of his fellowmen, for his career has been one of well directed energy, strong determination and honorable methods. Mr. Scofield is a native of Napa county and was born near Yountville on the 4th of August, 1880, a son of B. M. and Frances (Cummings) Scofield, the former of whom was a native of New York state and the latter of New Hampshire. In the '60s the father drove a band of horses across the plains and located on a ranch in San Mateo county, California, where he remained for a time. Later he came to Napa county and bought a tract of land, which is now the Napa State Farm, and on that place he devoted his attention to ranching, remaining there until his death, which occurred in 1883.

R. D. Scofield secured his education in the schools of Oakland, California, and in those of New York state, whither he had gone in his young manhood. He remained in the latter state until he was twenty years of age, when he returned to California and located in Oakland, where he learned the trade of a carpenter. In 1908 he returned to his native community and for several years followed his trade in Yountville and in Vallejo. Mr. Scofield then engaged in contracting on his own account, and he has followed that business continuously since. He built the Grange hall at Rutherford and the Charles Davis, J. Jardine and Wayland residences in Yountville and Rutherford, gaining a fine reputation for the high quality of his work and his reliability in the performance of his contracts. In 1922 Mr. Scofield came to St. Helena, and he has done a large amount of building in this vicinity, including the Merriam and the Contini residences, while he has recently completed the W. F. Mercier home, one of the finest residences in the Napa valley. The splendid success which has come to Mr. Scofield is directly traceable to the salient points in his character, for he started at the bottom of the ladder and has mounted unaided. With a mind capable of planning he combined a will strong enough to execute his well formed purposes, and his indomitable energy, sound judgment, keen discrimination and square dealing have resulted in the material prosperity which he now enjoys.

Fraternally Mr. Scofield is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He has been married twice, first, in 1908, to Miss Helen Berry, a native of Oakland, California, who died in 1920, leaving three children, Douglas, Frances and Wallace. For his second wife he married Miss Louise DeCamp, who was born in Ohio and was reared in California. Mr. Scofield is a man of fine personal qualities, being friendly in his social relations and interested in the welfare of the people among whom he lives, giving his earnest support to all measures for the benefit of the general public, and he is consequently well liked and well thought of.

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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