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G. G. Harris, a veteran ship joiner with a record of many years of foremanship service at the Mare Island navy yard and one of the best known citizens of Vallejo, now living retired in that city, is a native Californian and all his life has been spent in this state. He was born in the city of San Francisco on the day before Christmas in the year 1858 and is a son of John E. and Mary J. (Rule) Harris, pioneers of California, who were married in San Francisco and whose last days were spent in Vallejo, where for thirty-five years the late John E. Harris served as a foreman rigger in the navy yard. He had come into California in the days of his young manhood, coming around by way of the Isthmus, and was for some time connected with the operations of the Pacific Mail Company, later taking service at the navy yards and becoming one of the veterans in that service.

Reared at Vallejo, G. G. Harris received his schooling in Mullin's school there and early entered as an apprentice ship joiner in the navy yard. Upon completing his trade he became engaged as a millwright, a line in which he continued for ten years, during that time having charge of various bits of important construction work throughout this section of the state, and then resumed his service in the navy yard as a ship joiner, presently was promoted to a foremanship and was for twenty-five years, or until his retirement, a foreman joiner there, thus becoming recognized, even as his father before him had been recognized, as one of the veterans of that important branch of government service.

Mr. Harris married Miss Janet Seman, who was born in Vallejo, and they have four sons, Everett, Ray, Gregory and William Harris, and a daughter, Miss Jessie Harris. Everett Harris is a veteran of the World war, his service having been rendered in the navy, and Gregory Harris also is a World war veteran, his service having been rendered in the artillery. The Harrises are republicans and give proper attention to local civic affairs. Mr. Harris is a member of the Masonic fraternity.

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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