CLARENCE J. UHL
Clarence J. Uhl, who is widely known as one of the most expert and successful fruit growers in Solano couny, was
born at Millersburg, Ohio, on the 12th of August, 1867, and is a son of George W. and Susan (Korns) Uhl, the former
of whom was a farmer by vocation and both of whom are now deceased. Our subject is the scion of old colonial stock,
the Uhl family having been established in this country in 1760, when three brothers came here, two of whom fought
in the war of the Revolution, giving up their lives in that struggle.
Clarence J. Uhl received a good public school education and then entered Wittenberg College, at Springfield, Ohio,
from which he was graduated. At the age of twenty one years he came to Vacaville, Solano county, determined to
make his own way in the world His first employment was as a clerk in a store and post office, after which he worked
on farms and fruit ranches, where he gave close heed to the methods and procedure connected with fruit raising.
In 1892 he started out on his own account by leasing a tract of land, to the cultivation of which he devoted himself
with all the enthusiasm of ambitious youth, and he was so successful that in 1900 he was able to buy two tracts
of land, containing respectively eighty acres and seventy six acres, located in Pleasant valley. These he planted
to fruit, and during the subsequent years he has enjoyed marked success, having added to his acreage until he now
is the owner of about two thousand acres of splendid land, two hundred and thirty two acres of which comprise the
home place, adjoining Vacaville. It was formerly known as the Dobbins place, and one tract owned by Mr. Uhl, known
as the Riviera place, of seven hundred acres, which he bought in 1920, is a part of an old Spanish grant. Mr. Uhl's
land is devoted mainly to fruit, vineyard and pasturage, and during the busy season he requires a large number
of helpers in the gathering, packing and shipping of the fruit. He is an authority on horticultural matters, homing
through all the years of his residence here continued his study and investigation of every phase of the business,
and he has fully earned the splendid rewards which have crowned his efforts. He is also the owner of the Masonic
building in Vacaville.
Mr. Uhl was married to Miss Lula Thompson, who was born in Michigan but was brought to California at the age of
eight years. They are the parents of a son, Edwin H., who was born February 15, 1895, and who is a well known rancher
near Vacaville. A personal sketch of him appears on other pages of this work. Clarence J. Uhl has served as one
of the city trustees of Vacaville for the past eighteen years and has also rendered efficient service as a member
of the high school board and the library board. He keeps his property well improved and has a very comfortable
and attractive home, where the spirit of hospitality is always uppermost. Mr. Uhl is a lover of good horses and
has himself bred some excellent animals, among which was "Solano Boy."
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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