Solano County

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Frank S. Houseman, veteran attache of the Mare Island navy yard, is now living retired at Vallejo, where he has made his home for nearly fifty years, during more than thirty-five years of which time he has acted as the financial secretary of the Golden State lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. For years an officer of the grand lodge of the state of California, he has given his earnest and thoughtful attention to the affairs of that order, the value of his services in this behalf being widely recognized and gratefully acknowledged, and since his retirement from active service at the navy yard, where forty-six years of his life was spent, he has been devoting the greater part of his time to the organization. Mr. Houseman is a native of California and is a past president of the Vallejo parlor of the Native Sons of the Golden West. He was born in the city of San Francisco, September 21, 1858, and is a son of James S. and Margaret (Gervin) Houseman, native Pennsylvanians and pioneers of California, whose last days were spent in this state, the latter living to the great age of ninety-two years. James S. Houseman, one of California's '49ers, came here from Philadelphia in the first year of the great gold rush, making the trip by way of the Isthmus, and in 1852 he was joined here by his wife. They established their home in San Francisco, where Mr. Houseman, who was an expert ship joiner, followed that vocation until his death in 1875.

Frank S. Houseman received his education in the Lincoln school at San Francisco, and when in his nineteenth year, in the summer of 1877, he was employed as a boat builder in the Mare Island yards, he and his widowed mother establishing their home in Vallejo. For forty-six years, or until his retirement on September 20, 1923, Mr. Houseman continued his connection with the navy yard, during the last twenty-three years of that period serving in the responsible capacity of quarterman. Upon his retirement a letter addressed to him by his superior officers gave official attestation to the quality and value of the service he had rendered and to the high esteem in which he was held in the organization. As noted above, Mr. Houseman's interest in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows is one of long standing. He is a past noble grand of the Golden State lodge at Vallejo, a past chief patron of Mt. Moriah encampment of that order, a past district deputy of the order in this district, in 1918 was elected grand marshal of the grand lodge of Odd Fellows in the state of California and in 1919 grand conductor, while he is now (1925) president of the Golden State Odd Fellow Hall Association. In 1889 Mr. Houseman was elected financial secretary of Golden State lodge and has ever since been retained in that responsible office. He also has for years been the president of the Masonic and Odd Fellow Cemetery Association of Vallejo. Mr. Houseman has two children: Mrs. George W. Hyde, now living in the city of New York; and Edwin F. Houseman, a veteran of the World war, whose service was rendered in the Tank Battalion.

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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