Solano County

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Numbered among the well known citizens of Vallejo is William Greig, who after more than three decades of conscientious service in the Mare Island navy yard is now retired and is quietly spending his days- rrr his comfortable home here. He is a native of Peterhead, Scotland, and he was born on the 7th of June, 1857, a son of Alexander and Christina (Milne) Greig. His father was for many years a sea captain and made many trips to the Pacific coast, his ship plying between Liverpool and San Francisco. Both he and his wife are now deceased. William Greig attended the schools of his native land, after which he learned the trade of a ship carpenter. He served as carpenter on the vessel which brought him to San Francisco in 1877, and he then left the ship and obtained a position in the Union Iron Works, serving as a foreman on the construction of the first naval ships built by that firm, the Charleston, the San Francisco and the Monterey. In 1890 he came to Vallejo. He began his employment in the navy yard as a quarterman ship fitter, later being advanced to a foremanship, and he served there for thirty-one years, one month and one day. In June, 1922, he retired from the service, and has since been living in Vallejo. He also has a nice summer home on the Russian river.

Mr. Greig was married to Miss Sarah Jane Clark, a native of Scotland, and on July 8, 1925, they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. To them were born the following children: Bella, the wife of Albert Spencer, drydock master at the navy yard; Alexander, of Balboa, Orange county, California; Christina, the wife of George Hotchkinson, a native of Vallejo; Edith, the wife of Albert Corcoran; Janette, the wife of William Aden; William, who runs a hotel at Rio Vista, Solano county; Pearl, the wife of Jack Willis, of Baltimore; Ralph, a ship fitter in the navy yard; Jack, assistant manager of the estimating department of the navy yard; Hazel, the wife of E. Greenwell; and James. There are eighteen grandchildren. Politically Mr. Greig has been a lifelong republican, while fraternally he is a member of the Woodmen of the World. He is a man of fine character and has always enjoyed marked popularity among his associates. He has been deeply and intelligently interested in public affairs, particularly those relating to the welfare and prosperity of his own locality, and has always stood on the right side of every moral issue. His has been the sort of a life that has reflected honor on his com-munity, and he enjoys the confidence and good will of its citizens.

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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