Solano County

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Grove L. Dennett, a director of the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce and a master machinist at the Mare Island shipyard, is a native Californian and was born at Santa Cruz, February 27, 1878. He is a son of John and Jane (Linsay) Dennett, both now deceased and the latter of whom was born on Prince Edward island, Canada. The late John Dennett, who was for forty-four years superintendent of the California Powder Company at Santa Cruz and was an influential factor in the councils of the democratic party in that county, was a native of Maine and had come to California more than half a century ago, locating in Santa Cruz.

Reared in his native city, Grove L. Dennett attended the high school there and then took a course in the School of Mechanical Arts at San Francisco, where he became well grounded in the principles of applied mechanics, subsequently serving an apprenticeship in the machine shop of the C. S. Evans Company at San Francisco. He was next connected with the Pacific Mail Steamship Company for three years, traveling between San Francisco and Chinese ports. During the Spanish-American war he rendered service as a machinist on the United States transport Peru. Later he was employed with the Moore & Scott Iron Works and the Van Elm Elevator Company, at San Francisco, and from there he went to Bodie, Nevada, and entered into the operations of the Standard Consolidated Mines. He was thus engaged until 1908, when he entered the service of the navy yard at Mare Island, and he has for years been a master machinist there. Mr. Dennett is an enthusiastic promoter of the general interests of his community and as a member of the board of directors of the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce is doing excellent work along that line.

Mr. Dennett was united in marriage to Miss Maude Holtslander, whose parents came to California from Illinois in the middle '70s, and they have one child, a daughter. He is a supporter of the republican party, and he has for many years taken an enthusiastic interest in Odd Fellowship, being a past noble grand of the local lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and a past captain of the local canton of the patriarchs militant of that order, also belonging to the Woodmen of the World.

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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