Biography of John P. Steckter
Napa County, CA Biographies





JOHN P. STECKTER.
In all the relations of life, John P. Steckter, one of the best known citizens of Napa, has proved signally true to every trust, and in his makeup are found the essential qualities of good citizenship, so that through all the years of his residence here he has enjoyed an enviable standing in the community. Mr. Steckter was born in Rutherford, Napa county, on the 20th day of December, 1879, and is the son of John and Mary E. (Harris) Steckter. His father came across the plains from the east in 1849 and located in Grass valley, where he engaged in the buying and selling of cattle. In 1853 he went to the Napa valley, where he successfully engaged in farming and cattle raising. Afterward he turned his attention to the raising of grapes, owning a fine vineyard, and continued in that line of effort up to the time of his death, which occurred on December 7, 1892. His widow survives him. She came to this state as a girl of sixteen years, in 1853, making the long and dangerous trip across the plains, and bore to her husband seven children.

John P. Steckter received his preliminary education in the public schools, after which he took a course in a business college and had some instruction in expert accounting. During the ensuing two years he was employed as a bookkeeper and then returned to the home ranch, of which he took charge and which he managed until 1905. He then came to Napa and for a number of years was employed at carpenter work, also working at times in various other places. In 1912 he established his home in Napa and on June 6, 1919, he was appointed undersheriff of Napa county, and is still serving in that capacity. He is well qualified for this position and has discharged his duties in a manner that has won for him the approval and commendation of the public. Fraternally, Mr. Steckter is a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Native Sons of the Golden West. He is a man of fearless courage in the performance of duty, of genial disposition in his social relations and public spirited in his attitude toward all beneficent community movements, so that he is held in the highest regard by all who know him.

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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