Solano County

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A list of Napa county's honored and respected citizens would be incomplete were there failure to make specific mention of George H. Blume, who after forty years of faithful and meritorious service for his country is now retired and living comfortably on his fine ranch near Napa. Mr. Blume is a native of Germany, and he was born on the 21st of January, 1860, a son of Chris and Augusta (Schoing) Blume. He secured his education in the public and high schools of his native land and about 1876 came to the United States. During 1877 and 1878 he took part in the Indian wars and in the latter year was chosen deputy sheriff at Phoenix, Arizona, serving for two years in an office which was no easy one in those troublous days. In 1880 he went to Los Angeles, remaining there for four years, and in 1884 he joined the United States Marines, with which he served until 1891. He was on board the ill-fated United States steamship Vendalia, which was sunk in a hurricane March 16, 1889, but he fortunately escaped without injury. On his discharge from the marine corps, Mr. Blume entered the Mare Island navy yard as an electrician and was employed there continuously until January 21, 1925, when he was retired, after about forty years of service. Since then' he has resided on the fine ranch which he owns near Napa, and he is there enjoying the leisure and rest to which his former years of faithful service have so richly entitled him. He also owns some good property in Vallejo, Solano county.

On January 8, 1891, Mr. Blume was married to Miss V. Griswold, who was born in Vallejo, January 16, 1858. She is a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Pythian Sisters. To Mr. and Mrs. Blume have been born the following children: George W., who is a veteran of the World war, in which he was so severely wounded as to be crippled, and who is now employed in the Mare Island navy yard; Chris H., who is a rigger in the Mare Island navy yard; Edna V., who is a stenographer at the navy yard; and Eleanor, who is attending high school. Politically Mr. Blume gives his support to the republican party, and he has kept closely in touch with the public issues of the day. His religious membership is with the Presbyterian church, while fraternally he is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons and the Knights of Pythias, being a past chancellor in the latter order. Mr. Blume is a man of fine character, earnest of purpose and public-spirited in his attitude toward the welfare of his community, and he has proven himself a man of loyal and patriotic mettle.

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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