LORD WELLINGTON GREENWOOD.
The building interests of Petaluma are well represented by a great many able men, but none are more worthy or possess
more tact and ability than L. W. Greenwood. He was born in Todmorden, Lancashire, England, January 15, 1867, the
son of William Greenwood, a prominent plasterer and Sarah Sunderland. She was the daughter of Lord Wellington Sunderland,
who fought under the Duke of Wellington at Waterloo and was descended from the old Wellington family, while his
wife was of the family of Fergus O'Connor, the fighters for the freedom of Ireland. In the parental family there
were ten children, five of whom are living, L. W. Greenwood being the only one in the United States. His educational
advantages were very limited and he is truly a self made man. He was put to work at the age of seven in his father's
casting shop, making himself useful and finding plenty to do, seemingly never idle a moment, and thus he learned
the rudiments of the plasterer's trade. Being the oldest son of a plasterer it was not necessary for him to be
bound apprentice, but applying himself steadily he learned the trade under his father and when twenty years of
age became foreman, a position he filled with credit for different firms for seven yearns. He then began contract
plastering, slate roofing, and tiling and in a few years had a large business extending all over England, his headquarters
being at Nelson.
In August, 1903, Mr. Greenwood came to the United States, making the trip through Canada to Montana and on to the
Pacific coast, but returned to Boston, Mass., where his wife joined him. He was employed as foreman in Boston until
the fall of 1905, when he removed to Detroit and was foreman for the Concrete Steel and Tile Construction Company
until August, 1906, when he located in Petaluma, Cal. Here he became foreman of the construction of the large concrete
tanks at the Jacobi winery, lining them with glass and was engaged here for a period of nine months, when he started
contract plastering in which he has been exceptionally successful, and among some of the many buildings he has
completed we find the following: Gossage building, Baptist Church, Prince building, Wickersham building, McNear
building, Cotati school, Wilson school, Parochial residence at Olema, Odd Fellows Hall in Sonoma. Farrell and Stratton
residences in Petaluma and about four hundred other residences. He also built his own residence at No. 406 Eighth'
street, where he has his business headquarters.
Mr. Greenwood was married, in Burnley, Lancashire, England, July 22, 1895, to Mrs. Emma (Bailey) Shackelton, who
was also born in Lancashire, the daughter of James and Margaret (Holland) Bailey, the father being a large general
contractor. Her first marriage was to James Shackelton, a capitalist and speculator. Three children were born of
this marriage: James, manager of a cotton mill in Rio Janeiro; Margaret, the wife of Fred Nauert, Jr., of Los Angeles;
and Annie, the wife of Park Van Bebber, of Petaluma. Mr. and Mrs. Greenwood have one child, May. They are both
Episcopalians in their religious belief and support that denomination. Mrs. Greenwood is a woman of rare ability,
having mastered moulding and casting and does all the ornamental work that her husband uses in his business. They
both have already gained hosts of friends, whom they delight to welcome to their home.
History of Sonoma County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Tom Gregory
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1911
Sonoma County, CA
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