P. A. HUNTER.
P. A. Hunter, a veteran of the World war with an overseas record and a well known automobile distributor at Vallejo,
doing business there as the Vallejo Motor Sales Company, is a native of the Hawkeye state but is a resident of
California by choice and inclination as are so many of the good citizens of this state who have forsaken Iowa's
prairies for this favored region. Mr. Hunter was born in the city of Muscatine, Iowa, August 30, 1887, and was
there reared. As a young man he became engaged in the manufacture of buttons, utilizing mussel shells from the
Mississippi, and was thus engaged until in 1911, he then being twenty four years of age, when he changed his base
of operations to Great Falls, Montana, where he became employed as an automobile salesman, a line which he since
has followed with considerable success. From Great Falls he presently went to Oregon and then, in 1915, came to
California, which state since then has claimed him.
Upon coming to California Mr. Hunter became established at Red Bluff in Tehama county as the local distributor
for the Willys-Knight and Oldsmobile cars and was thus engaged at that place when this country took a hand in the
World war in 1917. He enlisted for army service and was attached to the Coast Artillery and in October, 1918, a
month before the war came to an end, arrived with his command in France. Upon his return to California Mr. Hunter
located at Redding, where he became employed as the manager of an automobile sales agency that was in charge of
the distribution of no fewer than twelve makes of cars in that territory. From there after awhile he went to Chico
as the local agent at that place for the distribution of the Hudson and Essex cars and the Willys-Knight and the
St. Clair cars, and was thus engaged at that place until in the fall of 1923 when he closed out his business at
Chico and came to Vallejo, becoming established in business here on October 10 of that year as the local distributor
for the Nash and the Ajax automobiles and has built up a fine business, carrying on as the. Vallejo Motor Sales
Company, with well equipped and admirably appointed sales rooms at 609 Florida street.
In 1919 P. A. Hunter was united in marriage to Miss Le Ann Wheeler, who was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and
they have a pleasant home at Vallejo. Mr. Hunter is a member of Vallejo Post No. 104, American Legion, and is also
affiliated with the local camp of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
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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