Solano County

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Prominent among the business men of the last generation in Suisun was Eugene B. Alden. He was a man of sound business ability, judgment and enterprise and stood high among his fellows. Mr. Alden was born at Union, Knox county,. Maine, January 1, 1839, and there attended the public schools until he was sixteen years old. He then took up mercantile pursuits, with the intention of making that his life work. In 1864 he went to Boston and remained until February, 1869, and then came to California by way of the isthmus. He stayed in San Francisco for nine months and then became employed at the Mare Island navy yard, his uncle, Commodore Alden, U. S. N., having been stationed there. In 1875 he became associated with A. P. Voorhees in merchandising and in the spring of 1876 moved to Napa city. In the following September they established a branch store at Suisun, and later at St. Helena. Mr. Alden's death occurred February 29, 1896. He was a member of the Masonic order, belonging to Suisun Lodge No. 55 and also to the Royal Arch chapter. He was, in addition, a trustee of the town.

Mr. Alden was twice married. His first wife was Lydia E. Webster, of Knox county, Maine, and to them were born three children: Bertram F., now one of the most prominent physicians and surgeons in San Francisco; Evie E., and Edith M. Mr. Alden was married secondly to Victoria Reeves, whose biography is given in the sketch of her father, D. D. Reeves.

History of Solano County, California By Marguerite Hunt and Napa County, California By Harry Lawrence Gunn. From Their Earliest Settlement To The Present Time. Chicago. S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. 1926. 883 pages.

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