Fred Barnewitz of the old established mercantile house of Theodore Barnewitz, interior and exterior decorating
and painting, at Vallejo, an establishment that has been doing business there for more than twenty five years,
is a native son of California and has lived in this state all his life, a resident of Vallejo since the days of
his boyhood. Mr. Barnewitz was born in the city of Oakland on January 3, 1890, and is a son of Theodore and Catherine
(Gray) Barnewitz, who had come to California from Pennsylvania in 1883 and whose last days were spent at Vallejo,
the latter dying there in 1922. The late Theodore Barnewitz, who died in February, 1924, was a painter and decorator
and upon coming to California became engaged in business along that line at Oakland, where he remained until in
1899, when he moved with his family to Vallejo and established himself in business along the same line in that
city, building up the establishment now carried on by his son Fred.
By a comparison of above dates it will be observed that Fred Barnewitz was but nine years of age when he became
a resident of Vallejo. He finished his schooling here and from the days of his boyhood was attentive to his father's
business, early acquiring a thorough knowledge of the painter's and decorator's art. He worked alongside his father
in the carrying on of this business and since his father's retirement in 1921 has been in proprietary charge, the
establishment then having been turned over to him, three years before the elder Barnewitz's death. Mr. Barnewitz
is a trained expert in his line and is one of the leaders along the lines of the decorative arts in this section
of California, his services being in demand not only throughout Solano county but in adjacent counties. As a matter
of proper information in this connection it may be said that he was the contracting decorator in the finishing
of the Paul Ray apartments, the Vallejo Theater, the Seville apartments, the Odd Fellow hall, the Baptist church,
the Presbyterian church, the Star garage arid any number of the chief business buildings in the city of Vallejo.
At his store room he carries a full line of wall paper and paints and is prepared to take care of any call made
upon his services in that connection.
Fred Barnewitz married Miss Marie Chalmers of Napa and they have three children, a son, Alfred Barnewitz, and two
daughters, Daisy and Virginia. Mr. and Mrs. Barnewitz are republicans and Mr. Barnewitz is a member of the Masonic
fraternity and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He also is affiliated with the local Kiwanis Club and with
the Sciots and Redmen. He takes a proper part in general local affairs and is deeply interested in all measures
and movements having to do with the development of this favored community.
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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