GEORGE LOUIS WILDBERGER.
The well directed efforts of George Louis Wildberger, substantial brick contractor and builder of Napa, have gained
for him material success and a position of prominence and influence. He was born in Napa on the 29th of January,
1876, and is a son of George and Katie (Smart) Wildberger. The father was born and reared in Switzerland and left
home at the age of eleven years, immigrating to the United States. He stopped first in Mobile, Alabama, and after
remaining there for a time went to old Mexico. In 1872 he came to Napa and engaged in the brick business, both
as a manufacturer and a contractor. He also was a bricklayer, and he built most of the brick buildings in Napa
in those early days. He died at the age of eighty five years, and his wife passed away in 1900. The latter had
come to Napa in her girlhood, and their marriage occurred here.
George L. Wildberger received his educational training in the public schools of his native city and in the Oak
Mound school. He learned the trade of a bricklayer under his father's direction and followed that vocation here
until 1900, when he went to Alaska, remaining there about twoand a half years. On his return from the north he
stopped at Seattle, Washington, where he lived until 1921. In the latter year he returned to Napa and resumed the
brick contracting business, doing the brick work on the Red Men's building at Vallejo, the fire station at Vallejo
and the Fisch & Higgin building in that city. He has also done much important work in Napa and vicinity and
is numbered among the enterprising and competent brick contractors of this section of the state, being held in
Mr. Wildberger was married to Miss Minnie Opsalh, who was born in Minnesota, and they are the parents of three
children, George Morris, Arline Amelia and Lawrence. Politically Mr. Wildberger is a supporter of the democratic
party, and he has ever manifested commendable interest in the public affairs of his community, though not a seeker
after the honors or emoluments of public office. Such men as he constitute the foundation of our republican institutions,
for they are devoted to their callings and at the same time give proper attention to their duties as citizens.
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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