Biography of Harry Short
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HARRY SHORT.
In placing the name of Harry Short, well known florist in the front rank of Napa county's business men, simple justice is done to a fact generally recognized throughout the county. A man of good judgment, sound discretion and business ability of a high order, he has managed with tactful success an important enterprise and has so impressed his individuality upon the community as to gain recognition among its leading citizens and public spirited men of affairs.

Mr. Short was born in Virginia City, Nevada, on the 15th of July, 1869. At the age of seven years he was brought by his parents to Napa, California, and he secured his educational training in the public schools of this city. His first employment was with the Sawyer Tanning Company, with which he remained for a number of years, and then, about thirty five years ago, he turned his attention to the cultivation and sale of flowers, beginning in a small way. The impulse for this venture came to him from the experience of his mother in law, Mrs. R. D. Jasper, who had found a ready sale for flowers which she raised in her private garden. From a small beginning Mr. Short saw his business steadily grow, and through the subsequent years he has, by the exercise of good management and indomitable industry, developed it into one of the most important enterprises in Napa. He is the pioneer in that line in this vicinity. The rapid expansion of his business has necessitated a constant enlarging of his facilities, so that at the present time he has on two acres of land, at Brown and Elm streets, thirty thousand feet of glass and employs five assistants. He raises practically all of what he sells, including growing and cut flowers, ornamental plants and shrubs.

Recently, in order to facilitate the display and sale of his flowers, Mr. Short opened a handsome floral shop on First street, the building, of artistic architectural design and substantial construction, being the first of the new structures to be erected in this rapidly growing section of Napa. The building is seventy by twenty five feet in dimensions, and the main show room and office is twenty five feet square, offering, with its modern windows and its fine equipment, the very finest methods of displaying flowers of all kinds and descriptions. A large work room, well lighted and ventilated and conveniently arranged, is in the rear. In all, it forms a most attractive business home and one of which Mr. Short has every reason to be proud. His modern greenhouse plant, on Brown street, in the care of experienced floriculturists, is fitted with an up to date heating equipment and provides him with practically all of the exquisite blooms required in his business, which is rapidly extending not only in Napa but through Sonoma and Solano counties as well. The maintenance of the greenhouse enables him to have his flowers available and fresh upon all occasions, and it also makes it possible for him to quote prices far lower than are to be found for a similar service in San Francisco or any other part of the state. His is the only exclusive flower shop in a building of its own north of San Francisco.

Mr. Short was married to Miss Julia Jasper, of Missouri, and she has been a true helpmate to him, assisting and encouraging him in his work. Fraternally, Mr. Short is a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He has been a very busy man in his individual affairs but has not neglected his duty to the community in which he lives, being deeply interested in its general welfare and supporting every measure for the improvement and prosperity of Napa and Napa county. Genial and friendly in his relations with those with whom he comes in contact, he has long held a high place in the confidence and esteem of the general public.

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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