Solano County

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Joseph Clavo, proprietor of the old established Clavo feed and fuel establishment at Vallejo and one of the best known business men in that city, was born at Vallejo and has thus seen the city grow up from the days of its village status. He was born on September 25, 1868, and is a son of Nicholas and Petunalla Clavo, the latter of whom died in 1876, her son Joseph being then but eight years of age. The late Nicholas Clavo, who was one of the pioneer business men of Vallejo, was a native of Holland, a sailor, whose first view of California shores was had during the '40s, Further trips to this port convinced him that here was a good place to settle and in 1853 he located at Vallejo, in which place, after his marriage, he established his home and spent the remainder of his life, his death occurring in 1913. Not long after taking up his residence in Vallejo Nicholas Clavo became engaged there in the fuel business, establishing a wood and coal yard, and as the town grew his business developed until in time he came to have a well stocked and prosperous establishment, a line which he carried on until his retirement in 1907, since which time the yard has been carried on by his son Joseph, the present proprietor, who has made extensions of the business as the growing demands of the community have required.

Reared at Vallejo, Joseph Clavo had his schooling there and from the days of his boyhood was familiar with the details of his father's fuel business. In 1886, when seventeen years of age, he began working as an apprentice in the shipyard and became a competent ship joiner, a vocation he followed until his father's retirement from business in 1907, when he took over the latter's business and has since been thus engaged, with a well established feed and fuel yard at Vallejo. In addition to his stock of wood and coal, Mr. Clavo also carries hay and grain and handles rock, sand and gravel for the local trade in construction work and is doing very well, proprietor of one of the best equipped establishments of the sort in this section of California, even as it is one of the oldest.

In 1900, at Vallejo, Joseph Clavo was united in marriage to Miss Agnes Lynch, who also was born in that city, daughter of John and Mary Lynch, and they have two children, a daughter, Romela, and a son, Joseph Clavo, Jr. The Clavos are members of the Roman Catholic church and Mr. Clavo is one of the active members of the local council of the Knights of Columbus, having attained to the fourth degree in that order. In his political views he has ever sided with the democrats and has ever given a good citizen's attention to local civic affairs. He is a member of the Vallejo parlor of the Native Sons of the Golden West and is also affiliated with the Young Men's Institute, with the Elks and with the Red Men. In addition to his business Mr. Clavo has other substantial interests in the city in the way of realty, this including the ownership of the Clavo block on Georgia street, which he erected in 1917.

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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