Solano County

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Lloyd M. Dudley, a veteran of the World war with an overseas record in the air service and one of Vallejo's best known and most enterprising and progressive young business men, widely known in the automobile trade throughout this section of the state and doing business as L. M. Dudley, Incorporated, with a well equipped establishment and salesroom at 1123 Sonoma street and branches at Dixon and Vacaville, is a native son of California and his interests ever have centered here. Mr. Dudley was born in the city of San Francisco on December 18, 1891, and is a son of E. C. and Susanna H. (Marshall) Dudley, who are still living in San Francisco and the latter of whom is a native daughter of California, born in Mariposa county, daughter of John Marshall, one of the pioneers of that county. E. C. Dudley was born in the state of Maine and when eighteen years of age came to California, where he ever since has resided, a resident of this state now for something more than fifty years. He married at Mendocino and established his home in San Francisco, where for many years he operated the West End carriage factory. This business has since been turned over to two other sons, L. Raymond and Carlisle V. Dudley, who operate an automobile repair shop and manufacture radio sets.

Reared in San Francisco, Lloyd M. Dudley was going to school there when the normal course of every one in that city was interrupted and diverted by the disaster of 1906, he then being in his fifteenth year. With this interruption to his schooling he filled in the time in industrial pursuits until in 1912, when he became engaged in the work of the preliminary survey being made in behalf of the projected Panama-Pacific Exposition and continued engaged in the service of the exposition committee throughout the period of the great fair in 1915 and until the administration was closed. The American participation in the World war then began, in 1917, and he enlisted his services in that behalf, selecting the air service as the field of his patriotic activities. After a period of training on American aviation fields he was assigned to overseas service, and the One Hundred and First Aero Squadron, to which he was attached, spent six months in France.

Following his discharge from the army in March, 1919, Mr. Dudley returned home and presently became connected with the operations of the Standard Oil Company, engaged in the engineering department of that company's operations at Richmond, across the bay, and was thus engaged until in May, 1923, when he established himself in business at Vallejo, where he since has made his home. It was then that Mr. Dudley took over the agency in Solano county for the sale of the Chevrolet automobile and the garage and salesroom at 1123 Sonoma street and he has become very well established there, having branch garages and service stations at Dixon and at Vacaville. He also is the authorized agent in Solano county for the use of the Duco refinishing process and has a well outfitted Duco plant at the corner of Fourth and Lemon streets.

In 1914, at San Francisco, Lloyd M. Dudley was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Peters, who was born in Missouri, daughter of Victor V. Peters, and they have one child, a son, John Byron Dudley. Mr. and Mrs. Dudley are republicans and take a proper interest in local civic affairs as well as in the general social and cultural activities of their home town. Mr. Dudley is a member of the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce and is also actively affiliated with the locally influential Kiwanis Club, whose motto is "We Build." He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and has long been interested in the affairs of that ancient order.

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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