Solano County

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Luther E. Gibson, a veteran of the World war with an overseas record, manager of the Vallejo Daily Times and Herald, a director of the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce and one of the best known young newspaper men in this section of the state, is a native son of California and his interests ever have centered here. He was born in the city of Santa Cruz on November 17, 1894, and is a son of S. L. and Nettie (Gobb) Gibson, the former of whom was born in the state of Mississippi and the latter in South Dakota.

Reared at Santa Cruz, Luther E. Gibson had his schooling in the schools of that city and as a lad began his newspaper career as a carrier for one of the local newspapers. Thus attracted to "the art preservative of all arts," he decided to become a printer and entered the job printing business in Santa Cruz. He was thus engaged when this country took a hand in the World war in 1917. Entering the service of the army, Mr. Gibson was made sergeant major of the Thirtieth Balloon Company, attached to the air service, and thus rendered service in behalf of this country's arms for eighteen months, six months of which time was spent in France.

Upon the completion of his military service Mr. Gibson became employed as superintendent of the composing room of the Register at Watsonville and not long afterward, in association with J. Motzko, L. Laing and Kenneth F. Knight, bought the Tribune, a weekly newspaper published at Antioch. The new proprietors carried on the publication of this newspaper and also founded the Mare Island Employe, a weekly newspaper for circulation particularly among the ship yards people, and then, on January 1, 1921, Mr. Gibson, in association with Messrs Motzko and Laing founded the Vallejo Morning Herald. On May 1, 1922, they bought the plant and good will of the Vallejo Evening Times, merged the two newspapers and have since been publishing the paper as the Times and Herald, carrying on at the same time a general job printing business, and are doing very well.

On October 20, 1922, at San Francisco, Luther E. Gibson was united in marriage to Miss May Belle Freeman, who was born in the state of Illinois, and they have a pleasant home at Vallejo. Since taking up his residence at Vallejo Mr. Gibson has given his earnest attention to the general commercial and industrial affairs of that city and as a member of the directorate of the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce is rendering good service. He also is a director of the locally influential Kiwanis Club, whose motto is "We Build," and in that behalf is doing his part in maintaining the best traditions of Kiwanis. He has long taken an interested part in the affairs of the navy branch of the Young Men's Christian Association and is a director of that body. He has membership in Vallejo Lodge No. 559, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks.

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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