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The late Peter J. Hanlon, a veteran of the Spanish-American war and a retired officer of the United States navy, had for years made his home in Vallejo and at the time of his recent passing there left a good memory, for he had done well his part in the development of .the interests of that city, theatrical man, banker, a director of the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce and in other ways a valued factor in the labors of bringing about the present fine status of that city; a true town builder, enterprising, progressive and ever alert to the needs of the growing town.

Mr. Hanlon was a native of the old Keystone state, born in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and was there reared, becoming an expert machinist. When twenty-three years of age he came to California and became employed as the foreman in the plant of the Risdon Iron Works at San Francisco. While thus employed he served as superintendent of construction of the elevated railway line between San Francisco and San Mateo. When the Spanish-American war came on in 1898 he enlisted his services in behalf of the army and served throughout the war. In 1905 he enlisted in the navy and served until his retirement, with the rank of lieutenant, June 11, 1909.

Following his retirement from naval service Mr. Hanlon established his home at Vallejo and there spent the remainder of his life, his death occurring on February 13, 1925. Upon taking up his residence in Vallejo he had taken an interest in the promotion of local theatrical interests and had established the Bell theater. Later he promoted the Strand theater and at the time of his death was the manager and part owner of the Virginia theater, an amusement enterprise which his friends point out stands as a monument to his enterprise and ability along the lines of theatrical management. He took a deep and intelligent interest in the general promotion of the motion picture industry and was a member of the board of arbitration acting in behalf of that industry in San Francisco. In addition to his considerable theatrical interests, Mr. "Hanlon had other interests of a substantial character, including his place on the directorates of the Vallejo Commercial National Bank and the Vallejo Bank of Savings, and had a high rating in the commercial life of the community. As a member of the board of directors of the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce he did well his part in general local promotion work and at his passing was greatly missed in the circles in which he so long had labored effectually.

Mr. Hanlon was a member of the Roman Catholic church and was affiliated with Vallejo Council No. 874, Knights of Columbus. He also was a member of the local camp of the United Spanish War Veterans and of the Union League Club of San Francisco. He was an active and enthusiastic member of the Vallejo Rotary Club and had fraternal affiliation with the local lodges of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Loyal Order of Moose. Mr. Hanlon was twice married and by his first wife had a son, Lieutenant Byron Hall Hanlon of the United States Navy, who survives him. In 1914, at Vallejo, Mr. Hanlon was united in marriage to Miss Genevieve Toland, who was born in that city and who survives him. Since the death of her husband Mrs. Hanlon has continued to make her home in Vallejo.

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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