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Charles H. Bourne, a prominent contractor in the building trades at Vallejo, his operations being chiefly confined to brick construction and plastering, is a native of Australia, born on September 6, 1885, and has been a resident of California ever since the year in which he attained his majority, he then exercising a fine selective judgment by coming to this hospitable coast, and he ever since has been quite content to regard this as his permanent home.

When seventeen years of age Mr. Bourne left Australia and went to South Africa, locating at Durban, in Natal, where he learned the trade of brick mason and plasterer, a vocation he ever since has followed and in which he has been quite successful. In 1906, the year in which he "came of age," Mr. Bourne came to California, landing at the port of San Francisco in September of that year. For a year and more he was employed in that city in the operations of Robert Knowles, a building contractor, and then, in 1908, he came to Vallejo and became a member of the force of operatives employed by Marshall, the contractor. In the following year (1909) he formed a partnership in the contracting line with George Nash, operating under the firm name of Nash & Bourne, and thus became engaged in business on his own account. This partnership continued for four years, since which time Mr. Bourne has been operating independently and has done very well, many of the biggest contracts carried out in and about Vallejo during this time having been taken care of by him. Among these may be mentioned the Red Men's hall, the Knights of Columbus hall, the Benheim building, the Dannenbaum building, the plastering of the Baptist church, the Green Valley school at Cordelia, the Solano winery at that place and many of the finest dwelling houses erected at Vallejo during recent years. Mr. Bourne is a member of Samoset Tribe No. 22 of the Improved Order of Red Men. He takes an interested part in the general affairs of the community and has long been recognized as one of the substantial and dependable citizens of Solano county, a man who is doing well his part in the development of the 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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