Solano County

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Mrs. Amelia Bedford is one of the well established merchants of Vallejo, Solano county, conducting an admirably stocked furniture store there, in association with her son, Gilbert C. Bedford, and doing business under the firm style of Mrs. Amelia Bedford & Son. She was born in England but has been a resident of California for more than twenty years. It was in 1902 that she and her husband, H. G. Bedford, came to this state with their family and established themselves on a fruit ranch in Sonoma county. Four years later, in 1906, they moved to Vallejo, and there H. G. Bedford embarked in the furniture business, establishing a store which since 1911 has been conducted by Mrs. Bedford and her son, the latter of whom has cooperated extensively in the management and development of the business since he was twenty years of age, and through his efforts the enterprise has become one of the largest of its kind in the county. Gilbert C. Bedford is an active factor in the general club and social life of Vallejo, and he is a veteran of the World war, his service during the time of this country's participation in that great struggle having been rendered in the navy. He is a member of the local post of the American Legion, is an active member of the locally influential Kiwanis Club and is also affiliated with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks.

Mrs. Bedford has for years taken an interested and helpful part in social and civic affairs of the city of Vallejo and of Solano county, being one of the acknowledged leaders in local feminist movements, and before women came into their own in the matter of equal suffrage she was an ardent supporter of the cause of "votes for women," doing much to stimulate local interest in that cause. She is president of the Solano County Federation of Women's Clubs. Mrs. Bedford has a daughter, Mrs. Oscar Hilton, the wife of the former assemblyman from Solano county, who is now making her home in Los Angeles. The Bedford furniture store is admirably located at Nos. 413-17 Georgia street, and Mrs. Bedford and her son reside at No. 719 Alameda street. The store handles a general line of furniture and household furnishings and is amply stocked to serve the needs of the fine trade area centering at Vallejo.

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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