Biography of Earl G. Wilson
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EARL G. WILSON.
One of the progressive business men of Napa is Earl G. Wilson, whose indomitable courage, persistent and aggressive efforts and excellent management have brought to him the prosperity which today is his. He has ever stood ready to do what he could in pushing forward the wheels of progress and advancing commercial prosperity in this vicinity and his career, both private and public, has been one worthy of the high esteem which those knowing him best freely accord. Mr. Wilson is a native of New York state, where he was born on the 1st day of September, 1880, and he was nine years of age when his father brought the family to California, locating in Trinity county.

Earl G. Wilson obtained his education in the schools of Junction City, Trinity county, and then obtained work in the electrical department of the gold mines, being employed in the Ciepe and La Grange mines. When eighteen years of age he went to San Francisco and went to work in the electrical shop of D. D. Wass. Subsequently he went to Oakland and worked for the Oakland Traction Company and for the Bay Counties Power Company. In search of further experience, he went up into the high Sierras and was employed at construction work for electric companies in Gold Run, You Bet and other mining towns of Placer county. In 1900 Mr. Wilson came to Napa and went to work for O. E. Clark, who owned and operated the Napa Electric Company, which was later sold to the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and continued to work for the latter company until in October, 1905, when he engaged in business on his own account, on electric wiring contracts. He bought a stock of electric wire and supplies, which cost him one hundred and fifty six dollars, and with this modest start he began business. During the subsequent years his business has steadily grown until today he has a fine, well stocked store and a fully equipped electric shop and is in command of his full share of the local trade. In his contract work Mr. Wilson has installed the wiring and fixtures in practically all of the new and modern business blocks and residences built in Napa in recent years, including the Bank of Napa building, the Bank of Italy building, the First National Bank building, the three new school houses recently completed in Napa, the high school building at Sonoma, the Lake county high school and other prominent structures. He has been painstaking and reliable in the discharge of every contract into which he enters and has gained an enviable reputation as a dependable and trustworthy man to deal with.

Mr. Wilson is a member of Yount Lodge No. 12, Free and Accepted Masons; Fidelity Lodge No. 23, of which he is past chancellor; the Independent Order of Odd Fellows; was president of the Napa Rotary Club in 1924, and is now a director of the same; is vice president of the Napa Chamber of Commerce and is a director of the Napa Building and Loan Association. He also is a member of the Napa Golf and Country Club and the Napa Sporting Club. He married Miss Maude Burrell, who was born and reared in Napa, and they have two children, Burrell, aged twelve years, and Wayne, who is five years old. Mr. Wilson is a man of fine personality and genial in his social intercourse, is public spirited in his attitude toward all measures for the betterment of his community and stands high in the confidence 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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