One of the honored retired citizens of Vallejo is Hermann Hatt, a man who has led a worthy life and done much for the preservation of the good name of the community, having in his makeup the essential qualities of good citizenship. Mr. Hatt was born in Frankfort, Germany, on the 16th day of April, 1859, the son of John J. and Paulina A. (Ziler) Hatt. The family came to California in 1871, at which time the father had retired from active business life, and located first at Vallejo, later locating at Napa. One of the sons and a daughter of this family had come to this country the preceding year. The parents established a chicken farm at Napa and there they spent the remaining years of their lives, both being now deceased.
Hermann Hatt attended the public schools of his native land and after reaching this country became a seafaring man, plying the waters between Vallejo and San Francisco until about 1880, when he engaged in farming in Napa county, which vocation he followed for twelve years. He then came to Vallejo and obtained a position in the navy yard as machinist's helper. There he continued as an employee of the government for twenty-four years, four months and four days, at the end of which time he was retired as a machinist and has since been living quietly in his comfortable home in Vallejo.
Mr. Hatt married Miss Elizabeth Clavo, who comes of an old pioneer family of this locality, her father, Nicholas Clavo, having been one of the early settlers of the community. To Mr. and Mrs. Hatt were born six children, Herman 0., Rudolph, Harry, William, Josephine and Albert. Harry Hatt enlisted for service in the World war, but got only as far as New York city. William Hatt also enlisted and served eighteen months with the fighting forces in France. One grandchild, Beatrice Reona Stevenson, lives with Mr. Hatt and his wife. Ever since he became a citizen here Mr. Hatt has given his support to the republican party and has taken a commendable interest in the public affairs of his community, supporting every measure for its betterment along material, civic or moral lines. He is a member of the Woodmen of the World and the Improved Order of Red Men. He has ever been active in the community life of Vallejo and was an active member of the old volunteer fire department of that city. He is a man of sterling qualities of character, generous and kindly in his relations with those about him, and is held in the highest esteem and regard throughout the community.
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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