JOHN A. BROWNE.
John A. Browne, formerly and for years justice of the peace in and for the Vallejo district, former police judge
and ex commodore of the Vallejo Yacht Club, is now engaged in the practice of law at Vallejo, and he is one of
the best known and most popular citizens of Solano county. He was born at Vallejo in 1859 and has always made this
place his home, thus having observed and participated in general development work here for more than sixty five
years. Judge Browne's parents were among the first residents in what was then the budding town of Vallejo, coming
to that place in the early part of the year 1858 and residing continuously in the city until their demise a few
years ago. His mother passed away in 1924, after a residence of sixty six years, being at that time the oldest
resident, her husband and the father of the Judge having died some few years previous to her death.
John A. Browne attended the public schools of his native city and thereafter followed the wholesale and retail
candy manufacturing business for a number of years. Public affairs and life appealed to him, and during his period
in business life he was active in local civic affairs, being elected a member of the board of city trustees. He
served thus during his incumbency of eight years, a period noted in the municipal history of the city for the first
constructive work advanced in public utilities and municipal improvements, which he was a factor in furthering
as chairman of the important committees of the board from time to time. In this connection he served faithfully,
giving the best he had.
In 1898, following his public career as city trustee, he was elected justice of the peace of Vallejo township,
to which office he was successively elected for a number of terms. He resigned in 1921 to accept and take over
the duties of police judge of the city, resigning from the latter office in 1924. Since then he has been engaged
in private law practice in Vallejo.
There are few better known or more enthusiastic yachtsmen on the Pacific coast than is Judge Browne. He is one
of the organizera of the Vallejo Yacht Club and served as second commodore of that interesting body. In 1924 he
again was elected commodore. He is a delegate of the Pacific Inter Club Yacht Association of Northern California,
an organization which since 1898 has been in charge of all yachting events held on the bay, and he has for years
given his intelligent attention to the affairs of that society. For many years he has been secretary of the local
yacht club, and he takes much pride in the performances of his fine thirty foot sloop, the Charmian. Judge Browne
also has for years taken an interested and helpful part in the activities of the Vallejo parlor of the Native Sons
of the Golden West and is a past president of that patriotic organization.
The Judge is a widower, his wife having died a few years ago. Surviving to the family tree in a third generation
of Vallejoites is a married daughter, Mrs. Frank J. Bathe, and there is a grandson "Dick," known as the
one hundred per cent boy, in a "blue ribbon" from the United States Naval Hospital clinic, according
to government standard. During his incumbency Judge Browne married happily more couples than all of the judges
combined in Solano county. He has also been judge in many prize baby contests, being accounted an authority in
the latter, and the title "Judge" will pass only with his demise.
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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