Solano County

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Harry Dassonville, a veteran painter at Vallejo and an expert in the line of automobile painting and rehabilitation, with a well established business along this latter line, is a native son of California, a member of one of the real pioneer families here, and has been a resident of this state all his life. He was born in the city of Sacramento and is a son of Dr. Virgil Dassonville and his wife, the latter of whom was an Unger. They were natives of France, who had come to California in 1849 and whose last days were spent in this state, substantial citizens and honored pioneers. Dr. Virgil Dassonville established himself in practice at Placerville upon coming to this state with the early "rush" of gold seekers in 1849 and also set up a hotel there, thus becoming one of the best known figures in that teeming camp during the days of the gold excitement. He later was for some years engaged in practice at Sacramento and then became engaged in the drug business at Anaheim, down in Orange county, moving from there to San Francisco, where his last days were spent.

By reason of the changes of residence made by his parents, Harry Dassonville received his schooling in a private school at Anaheim and in the North Beach school at San Francisco, and early became a telegraph operator. After three years of service at the key he found that sort of a life too confining for his active temperament and took up painting, a vocation with which, in all its branches, he became thoroughly familiar, an expert in fine finishing work. After his marriage Mr. Dassonville established his home in San Francisco and was there engaged in painting for years or until in 1919, when he moved across the bay and set himself up as an automobile painter at Vallejo, establishing himself in a well equipped plant there, and has done very well, his two sons being associated with him in the fine business they have developed, for the admirable quality of the work turned out in the Dassonville establishment has brought them orders from all over this section of the state, automobile owners having long ago become aware of the dependable character of that work.

It was in 1889, in Nevada City, that Harry Dassonville was united in marriage to Miss Anna M. Williams, who was born in California, and they have three children, two sons, Virgil and Searle Dassonville, who also are expert painters, having secured their training under their father's capable direction; and a daughter, Maye, wife of A. Johnston of Benicia. The Dassonvilles are republicans and have ever given such attention as good citizens owe the state to the general civic affairs of the commonwealth. Mr. Dassonville is a member of the local lodge of the Loyal Order of Moose. His chief recreational interest is found in music and his friends say he has a fine amateur talent along that line of culture.

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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