Solano County

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Louis J. Claus of the firm of Claus Bros. (L. J. and E. F.), proprietors of a well established sheet metal working plant at Vallejo and recognized as among the enterprising and progressive young business men of that city, is a native son of Vallejo and his interests ever have centered here. He was born on August 15, 1895, and is a son of August and Mary L. (Gannon) Claus, the latter of whom also was born at Vallejo, daughter of J. Gannon, who was one of the pioneers of this section of California. August Claus, who for many years has been connected with the operations of the Mare Island ship yards, is a native of the kingdom of Belgium but has been a resident of Vallejo since he was eleven years of age, his parents, A. Claus and wife having become residents of this city many years ago.

Beared at Vallejo, Louis J. Claus completed his public schooling in the high school there and supplemented this by a course of two years in a business college, after which he served an apprenticeship to the sheet metal workers trade and became a competent operative along that line. In 1921 he and his brother, Eugene F. Claus, established the business in which they now are engaged, setting up a small sheet metal working plant on Sonoma street. The quality of the products of this plant quickly recommended it to general favor in the building trades and they soon found their business expanding to such proportions that it became necessary to secure larger quarters. It was then that they became established in their present ample quarters on Sonoma street where they have built up a plant that has every facility for taking care of any detail in sheet metal construction work that may be called for in the fine trade area centering at Vallejo, and are doing very well .in business. Among the recent contracts carried out by this energetic firm mention may be made of the installation of the heating and ventilating systems in the new Sonoma grammar school building, the cornice and metal work on the new building of the Improved Order of Red Men at Vallejo, the sheet metal work on the Starr garage and much other work of a like character.

In 1917, at Vallejo, Louis J. Claus was united in marriage to Miss Alma E. Nessler, who was born in Alaska, daughter of Alma Nessler, but who was reared in Eureka, California, where she had her schooling, and they have a pleasant home at Vallejo. Mr. and Mrs. Claus are republicans and take a proper interest in the general civic affairs of the community. Mr. Claus is affiliated with the local lodges of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the Improved Order of Red Men and the Woodmen of the World and takes an interested part in the activities of these popular fraternal organizations.

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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