CHAPIN F. TUBBS.
The Tubbs ranch, which is one of the prominent and well known landmarks of the upper Napa valley, has long been
considered among the finest estates in this section of the county, and the present owner, Chapin F. Tubbs, is perpetuating
the traditions of his forebears, who maintained it always at the highest standard of excellence. The pioneer member
of the family in California was our subject's grandfather, Alfred L. Tubbs, a native of New England who came to
California in 1850 and became the founder of the Tubbs Cordage Company in San Francisco, also acquiring much valuable
real estate in that city. In the late '70s he purchased nine hundred acres of land in the Napa valley, three miles
northeast of Calistoga, and in 1882 erected there a fine country home. In 1880 he had planted an extensive vineyard
and in 1884 he built a fine wine cellar. After his death, which occurred in 1897, his son, William B. Tubbs, took
charge of the property, which he conducted with signal success until his demise in 1915, when his son, Chapin F.,
took it over.
In 1903 the estate had been incorporated as A. L. Tubbs, Inc., the corporation including also the San Francisco
property, and it was so operated until 1919, when Chapin F. Tubbs bought the interests of the other heirs, and
he is now the sole owner of the entire estate. He has devoted himself very closely to the operation of the ranch,
on which he has made many permanent and substantial improvements. Among the changes wrought by him was the removal
of the old vineyard, in the place of which he has planted a good deal of fruit, having one hundred and twenty acres
of prunes, thirty five acres of pears and fifty acres of new vineyard. He also manufactures here a product for
seasoning all kinds of cooking, called "The California Sherry Wine Seasoning," which has attained marked
popularity. He is a man of sound business judgment and excellent discrimination and is universally accorded a place
among the representative citizens of Napa county.
Mr. Tubbs received his elementary education in the public schools, after which he entered Yale University, from
which he was graduated with the class of 1912, and then for two years he was connected with the Tubbs Cordage Company,
in San Francisco. Fraternally he is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, in which he has attained the degree
of Knight Templar, and he also belongs to the Native Sons of the Golden West. He was married to Miss H. Merritt
Reid, who was born in Indiana, and they are the parents of a son, William Reid.
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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