Solano County

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Fred Barnewitz of the old established mercantile house of Theodore Barnewitz, interior and exterior decorating and painting, at Vallejo, an establishment that has been doing business there for more than twenty-five years, is a native son of California and has lived in this state all his life, a resident of Vallejo since the days of his boyhood. Mr. Barnewitz was born in the city of Oakland on January 3, 1890, and is a son of Theodore and Catherine (Gray) Barnewitz, who had come to California from Pennsylvania in 1883 and whose last days were spent at Vallejo, the latter dying there in 1922. The late Theodore Barnewitz, who died in February, 1924, was a painter and decorator and upon coming to California became engaged in business along that line at Oakland, where he remained until in 1899, when he moved with his family to Vallejo and established himself in business along the same line in that city, building up the establishment now carried on by his son Fred.

By a comparison of above dates it will be observed that Fred Barnewitz was but nine years of age when he became a resident of Vallejo. He finished his schooling here and from the days of his boyhood was attentive to his father's business, early acquiring a thorough knowledge of the painter's and decorator's art. He worked alongside his father in the carrying on of this business and since his father's retirement in 1921 has been in proprietary charge, the establishment then having been turned over to him, three years before the elder Barnewitz's death. Mr. Barnewitz is a trained expert in his line and is one of the leaders along the lines of the decorative arts in this section of California, his services being in demand not only throughout Solano county but in adjacent counties. As a matter of proper information in this connection it may be said that he was the contracting decorator in the finishing of the Paul Ray apartments, the Vallejo Theater, the Seville apartments, the Odd Fellow hall, the Baptist church, the Presbyterian church, the Star garage and any number of the chief business buildings in the city of Vallejo. At his store room he carries a full line of wall paper and paints and is prepared to take care of any call made upon his services in that connection.

Fred Barnewitz married Miss Marie Chalmers of Napa and they have three children, a son, Alfred Barnewitz, and two daughters, Daisy and Virginia. Mr. and Mrs. Barnewitz are republicans and Mr. Barnewitz is a member of the Masonic fraternity and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He also is affiliated with the local Kiwanis Club and with the Sciots and Redmen. He takes a proper part in general local affairs and is deeply interested in all measures and movements having to do with the development of this favored community.

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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