Solano County

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Joseph P. Byrne, chief deputy in the office of the recorder of Solano county and one of the best known men in this section of California, is a native son of Solano county and his interests ever have centered here. He was born near the pleasant village of Cordelia, then known as Bridgeport, October 25, 1882, and is a son of John and Anna (Gilsenan) Byrne, pioneers of this section and both of whom were born in Ireland. John Byrne came to California in 1876 and in 1881 became employed in the operations of the navy yard on Mare island.

Reared in this county, Joseph P. Byrne received his schooling here and then became employed as a clerk in the Dannenbaum clothing store at Vallejo, later becoming employed in a similar capacity in the grocery store of Corcoran & Collins at that place. His experience in mercantile employment did not prove satisfactory and he presently gave up that line and went across the bay, where he became employed in the ship fitting department of the Union Iron Works in San Francisco. Five years later he returned to Vallejo and there took service in the ordnance department of the navy yard and continued thus engaged for seven years, or until in 1912, when he became employed in the office of the J. P. Griffith Title and Insurance Company at Fairfield, the county seat. In the next year (1913) he became attached to the staff of the county recorder and he ever since has been connected with that office, how chief deputy to the county recorder, his continued service of twelve or thirteen years in that important office so thoroughly familiarizing him with the records of the county as to give to this service a very special value.

On August 8, 1911, at San Francisco, Joseph P. Byrne was united in marriage to Miss Louise Barrett, who was born at Vallejo, daughter of Harry Barrett, and they have two children, sons both, Louis J. and John F. Byrne. The Byrnes have a pleasant home at Fairfield and take an interested part in general community affairs. Mr. Byrne is a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks at Vallejo and is a charter member of the Lions Club at Fairfield.

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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