Solano County

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Alexander Donaldson, who occupies a position of large responsibility as superintendent of the Solano County Hospital, is one of the well known citizens of this county, having lived here since 1894. His has been a life of industry, and idleness has no part in his make-up, for he early learned the important truth that only he who works for it may attain success. He is a native of Australia and was born on the 2d of October, 1872, a son of John and Mary Jane (Blair) Donaldson, the former of whom was a native of Scotland and the latter of Australia. When our subject was about ten years of age the family came to California, and the father was employed on Mare island for a number of years. Both parents are now deceased.

Alexander Donaldson received his education in the public schools and in the school of experience. Upon reaching years of maturity he went to work in the Mare Island navy yard and for eleven years was employed as a planner and estimator there. On the 1st of March, 1924, he was appointed superintendent of the Solano County Hospital, and he is still discharging the duties of that office. Prior to taking this position he had made a visit to Alaska and all sections of the Pacific coast, and by attentive and thoughtful reading and close observation he has become a well informed man. He has proven himself the right man for the place which he is filling, for in addition to business ability and the exercise of common sense in the management of such an institution, the successful superintendent also must have a deep human sympathy for those unfortunates who are under his care. This is one of the chief keynotes to Mr. Donaldson's success, for it is his constant aim and effort to make the inmates contented and happy and to see that they receive the care and attention that they should have.

Mr. Donaldson was married to Miss Nora Cahill, a native of the state of Nevada, and they have one child, Ramona. Fraternally he is a member of Lodge No. 229, Free and Accepted Masons, at Vallejo, of which he is a past master; Lodge No. 559, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, and the Improved Order of Red Men, both of the latter also at Vallejo. Politically Mr. Donaldson maintains an independent attitude, voting for the men and measures which in his judgment will be for the best public interests. He is a lover of out-of-door life and is especially fond of fishing, in which he is an adept. In all the relations of life he has been true to every trust, and because of his marked ability, genuine worth and friendly disposition he has won and retains the confidence and esteem of the entire community.

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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