HARRY C. THORSEN.
Among the worthy citizens of Napa county who have figured in the growth and development of this favored locality
and whose interests have been identified with its progress is Harry C. Thorsen, of St. Helena, who has gained a
widespread reputation as a competent and successful cement contractor. Mr. Thorsen was born at Rio Vista, Solano
county, California, on the 4th of May, 1888, and is a son of John and Augusta (Olsen) Thorsen, both of whom were
natives of Denmark. After coming to this country the father located in the state of Ohio and there engaged in business
as a cement contractor. In 1883 he came to California, locating first in Alameda, where he remained until 1885,
when he moved to Rio Vista. Eventually he came to St. Helena, and here he did a large amount of cement work, including
miles of sidewalks and curbs, as well as the foundations for many buildings. His death occurred April 18, 1906.
He was a man of fine and exemplary character and was highly esteemed.
Harry C. Thorsen secured a good public school education and then worked with his father in the cement business,
which he learned thoroughly, and after the death of his father he continued in that line. He has been very successful
and has long stood among the leading cement contractors in this section. He has built a number of concrete bridges
for Napa county, including those at Rutherford and Calistoga, and a large culvert in Pope valley, also doing other
public work. He did the concrete work on the Grant & Wheeler garage and the Liberty theater, as well as residence
foundations, floors in dairy barns, septic tanks and much work on the county highways. In all these jobs he has
conscientiously used the best of materials and has faithfully carried out the last letter of his contracts. Mr.
Thorsen is also extensively engaged in the sand and gravel business. He has acquired the ownership of several pieces
of valuable real estate in St. Helena and is numbered among the substantial men of the town.
Fraternally Mr. Thorsen is a member and past president of St. Helena Parlor No. 53, Native Sons of the Golden West.
He was married to Miss Celeste Brial, of Rutherford, Napa county, whose family were among the pioneer settlers
of that locality, and to them has been born a son, Howard, who is now seven years of age.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Napa County, CA
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