Biography of Wallace B. Switzer
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WALLACE BURTON SWITZER.
In all American communities there may be found quiet, retiring men, who never ask public favors or court notoriety, but, nevertheless, are to be numbered among those who do the real work and stand for the best interests of community life men who may always be counted upon when the welfare of the community is at stake. Among this class of men stands Wallace Burton Switzer, who has acquired one half interest in the Switzer Van and Storage Company of Napa. Mr. Switzer was born in Napa on the 21st day of January, 1892, and is the son of Burton W. and Clara (Kennedy) Switzer, the latter of whom is a daughter of Wall Kennedy, one of the old time forceful characters of California's early development. Burton W. Switzer was born on a farm near Sonoma, Sonoma county, California, on December 15, 1869, received a good public school education and in young manhood engaged in the draying business. He joined with a brother, under the firm name of Switzer Brothers, and they built up a large business in Napa and vicinity. His brother died in 1906 and he continued the business as sole owner, his concern being the largest and oldest of the kind in Napa county. He married Miss Clara Kennedy, a native of Napa county, and they became the parents of two children, Wallace B. and Ruth A. Burton W. Switzer's parents were William H. and Eugenia (Wilson) Switzer, both of whom made the overland trip across the plains, the former coming with ox teams when eighteen years of age and settling in Sonoma county.

Wallace B. Switzer received his educational training in the public schools and then entered his father's business, driving one of the trucks. On December 27, 1917, he enlisted for service in the World war and was assigned to the convoy service in the navy. He made five trips with troops and was in actual service about a year, being honorably discharged on January 15, 1919. On his return home he again entered his father's business and is now an equal partner in the concern, which is known as the Switzer Van and Storage Company. He is a man of persistent energy, determined will and sound business judgment and is a potent factor in the present splendid success which the business is enjoying.

Mr. Switzer married Miss Mollie Otterson, the daughter of Fire Chief Otterson of Napa. Politically, Mr. Switzer is a stanch supporter of the republican party and takes a good citizen's interest in the public affairs of his community. Fraternally, he is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, the Order of the Eastern Star, the American Legion, the Forty and Eight and the Napa Kiwanis Club. In a straightforward, conservative manner he has sought to perform the duties of citizenship, while advancing his own interests, and his support can always be depended upon in the furtherance of any laudable movement for the community welfare. Because of his record and his excellent personal qualities he stands deservedly high in the respect and esteem of 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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