EUGENE B. ALDEN.
Prominent among the business men of the last generation in Suisun was Eugene B. Alden. He was a man of sound business
ability, judgment and enterprise and stood high among his fellows. Mr. Alden was born at Union, Knox county, Maine,
January 1, 1839, and there attended the public schools until he was sixteen years old. He then took up mercantile
pursuits, with the intention of making that his life work. In 1864 he went to Boston and remained until February,
1869, and then came to California by way of the isthmus. He stayed in San Francisco for nine months and then became
employed at the Mare Island navy yard, his uncle, Commodore Alden, U. S. N., having been stationed there. In 1875
he became associated with A. P. Voorhees in merchandising and in the spring of 1876 moved to Napa city. In the
following September they established a branch store at Suisun, and later at St. Helena. Mr. Alden's death occurred
February 29, 1896. He was a member of the Masonic order, belonging to Suisun Lodge No. 55 and also to the Royal
Arch chapter. He was, in addition, a trustee of the town.
Mr. Alden was twice married. His first wife was Lydia E. Webster, of Knox county, Maine, and to them were born
three children: Bertram F., now one of the most prominent physicians and surgeons in San Francisco; Evie E., and
Edith M. Mr. Alden was married secondly to Victoria Reeves, whose biography is given in the sketch of her father,
D. D. Reeves.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Solano County, CA
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