Solano County

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John A. Browne, formerly and for years justice of the peace in and for the Vallejo district, former police judge and ex-commodore of the Vallejo Yacht Club, is now engaged in the practice of law at Vallejo, and he is one of the best known and most popular citizens of Solano county. He was born at Vallejo in 1859 and has always made this place his home, thus having observed and participated in general development work here for more than sixty-five years. Judge Browne's parents were among the first residents in what was then the budding town of Vallejo, coming to that place in the early part of the year 1858 and residing continuously in the city until their demise a few years ago. His mother passed away in 1924, after a residence of sixty-six years, being at that time the oldest resident, her husband and the father of the Judge having died some few years previous to her death.

John A. Browne attended the public schools of his native city and thereafter followed the wholesale and retail candy manufacturing business for a number of years. Public affairs and life appealed to him, and during his period in business life he was active in local civic affairs, being elected a member of the board of city trustees. He served thus during his incumbency of eight years, a period noted in the municipal history of the city for the first constructive work advanced in public utilities and municipal improvements, which he was a factor in furthering as chairman of the important committees of the board from time to time. In this connection he served faithfully, giving the best he had.

In 1898, following his public career as city trustee, he was elected justice of the peace of Vallejo township, to which office he was successively elected for a number of terms. He resigned in 1921 to accept and take over the duties of police judge of the city, resigning from the latter office in 1924. Since then he has been engaged in private law practice in Vallejo.

There are few better known or more enthusiastic yachtsmen on the Pacific coast than is Judge Browne. He is one of the organizer of the Vallejo Yacht Club and served as second commodore of that interesting body. In 1924 he again was elected commodore. He is a delegate of the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association of Northern California, an organization which since 1898 has been in charge of all yachting events held on the bay, and he has for years given his intelligent attention to the affairs of that society. For many years he has been secretary of the local yacht club, and he takes much pride in the performances of his fine thirty-foot sloop, the Charmian. Judge Browne also has for years taken an interested and helpful part in the activities of the Vallejo parlor of the Native Sons of the Golden West and is a past president of that patriotic organization.

The Judge is a widower, his wife having died a few years ago. Surviving to the family tree in a third generation of Vallejoites is a married daughter, Mrs. Frank J. Bathe, and there is a grandson "Dick," known as the one hundred per cent boy, in a "blue ribbon" from the United States Naval Hospital clinic, according to government standard. During his incumbency Judge Browne married happily more couples than all of the judges combined in Solano county. He has also been judge in many prize baby contests, being accounted an authority in the latter, and the title "Judge" will pass only with his demise.

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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