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LUKE ALVORD, was born in Syracuse, State of New York, on September 16, 1812, and remained in that city and neighborhood working at his trade and farming until February, 1850, when he sailed in the " Tennessee" for California, arriving in San Francisco in April, having been detained in Panama three weeks awaiting her arrival. At once went to Tuolumne county, at Wood's creek, four miles above Jacksonville, and remained there engaged in mining until July 12, 1851, when he left to return home.      In February, 1853, he again left Syracuse for California, on this occasion accompanied by his family. On his arrival he went back to the mines, moving from place to place, principally in Sacramento and Amador counties, having lived for twelve years in Volcano.     

In 1867, he came to Sacramento city and in the following year took up his residence in Vallejo, where he has remained ever since. Is a carpenter by trade, and was foreman on the grain elevator when it was built. Mr. Alvord married at Syracuse on November 12, 1834, Miss Henrietta S. Childs, of Saratoga, New York, by whom he has: Cass, born September 13, 1836; Marion, born May 9, 1840, died 1844; and Helen Burnett, born August 30, 1845, married at Volcano, 1867, Professor W. H. Tripp, of Vallejo.  [History of Solano County...and histories of its cities, towns...etc. ... By J. P. Munro-Fraser, 1879. Submitted by Sandy Denney]

WALTER DUNCAN ANDERSON, M. D, was born in Tatamagonche, Colchester county, Nova Scotia, April 17, 1840. At fourteen years of age he moved to Canada, where he resided for seven years, at the expiry of which he returned to Nova Scotia; thence to Boston, Massachusetts, where he studied medicine and graduated at the Harvard Medical School on March 9,1864. Dr. Anderson practiced for three months in the Magdalen Islands, two years in Wallace, Nova Scotia, and on December 23,1866, came to Vallejo, where he still resides. Married Mary Jane, daughter of Thomas Wallace, machinist, on 5th February, 1879. [History of Solano County...and histories of its cities, towns...etc. ... By J. P. Munro-Fraser, 1879. Submitted by Sandy Denney]

LEGRO, ALBERT LELAND, dental surgeon; born, Suisun, (Solano Co) ., Oct. 25, 1875; son of Richard Purrington and Cathryn A. (Smith) Le Gro; graduate Santa Rosa (Calif.) High School, 1891; student University of California, 1891-93; graduate university of Michigan, 1895; unmarried. Began practice at Athens, Mich., 1896; has practiced in Detroit since Oct., 1906. republican. Member Michigan State Board of Examiners in Dentistry (appointed secretary by Gov. Warner, Nov. 12, 1905), and member national Committee to promote uniform dental examinations in all states of the Union; member Southwestern Michigan (president, 1904-05, 1905-06), Michigan State (president, 1907), Northern Ohio and national Dental associations, Central Michigan Dental Society (honorary), Delta Sigma Delta. Mason, Knight Templar, Shriner. Club: Fellowcraft. Recreation: Horseback riding. Office: 271 Woodward Av. Residence: 907 Charlevoix Apts. [SOURCE: The Book of Detroiters by Albert Nelson Marquis 1908. Submitted by Christine Walters]

plumbing, Honolulu; born October 15, 1866, in Benicia, Solano County, California; son of Nathaniel Prince and Honora (Ryan) Quinn; married Elsie Marie Beck of Copenhagen, Denmark, June 1, 1902, in Honolulu. Educated public schools of Benicia . Began business career as apprentice plumber in San Francisco , January 1882, and has followed this business since that time, locating in Honolulu in 1900 and immediately entering business as a master plumber. Has taken active part in politics; Republican. Was town trustee, Benicia , 1888-1890; member House of Representatives, Territory of Hawaii, 1905-1907 (1905 session, father of Sunday law, allowing outdoor athletic sports on Sunday); senator Territory of Hawaii , sessions 1909, 1911, 1915, 1917. Member Honolulu Lodge No. 616, B.P.O.E., Honolulu Commercial Club. [Source:  "Men of Hawaii ", vol 1, Edited by John William Siddell, 1917, p. 201. Transcribed by Kim Mohler]       

merchant, Honolulu ; born in Vallejo , Cal. , July 4, 1872 ; son of John Harris and Mary W. (Wundenberg) Soper; not married; received education at Punahou, St. Alban's College and public schools; began business career with Bishop & Co., bankers, Honolulu, in 1889; removed to San Francisco in 1893 and in 1894 received commission as vice and deputy consul general of Hawaii at San Francisco, Mr. Chas. T. Wilder being consul general under provisional government; resigned and returned to Honolulu to become manager of Hawaiian News Co. Ltd., 1897. Member Commercial club, Chamber of Commerce, Myrtle Boat Club, and chairman of registration committee of Hawaiian Association A. A. U. since formation of organization in Honolulu . [Source: Men of Hawaii Volume 1, By: Edited By John William Siddall; Published: 1917; Submitted by:  Helen Coughlin]

BUSHNELL, Herbert, Vice-President Citizens National Bank; born Suisun,   Cal., January 17, 1869; son Daniel E. and Marcellena (Smith) Bushnell; Scotch-Irish descent; educated public schools San Jose, Cal., Waynesburg College, Waynesburg, Pa.; married Mary E. Miles, March 16, 1909; member Masons, Elks, K. of P., Mountain City Club, Chattanooga Golf and Country Club; President Forest Hill Cemetery; Treasurer Chamber of Commerce; Treasurer Interstate Life & Accident Company; member Presbyterian Church. [Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler]

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