Solano County

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P. A. Hunter, a veteran of the World war with an overseas record and a well known automobile distributor at Vallejo, doing business there as the Vallejo Motor Sales Company, is a native of the Hawkeye state but is a resident of California by choice and inclination as are so many of the good citizens of this state who have forsaken Iowa's prairies for this favored region. Mr. Hunter was born in the city of Muscatine, Iowa, August 30, 1887, and was there reared. As a young man he became engaged in the manufacture of buttons, utilizing mussel shells from the Mississippi, and was thus engaged until in 1911, he then being twenty-four years of age, when he changed his base of operations to Great Falls, Montana, where he became employed as an automobile salesman, a line which he since has followed with considerable success. From Great Falls he presently went to Oregon and then, in 1915, came to California, which state since then has claimed him.

Upon coming to California Mr. Hunter became established at Red Bluff in Tehama county as the local distributor for the Willys-Knight and Oldsmobile cars and was thus engaged at that place when this country took a hand in the World war in 1917. He enlisted for army service and was attached to the Coast Artillery and in October, 1918, a month before the war came to an end, arrived with his command in France. Upon his return to California Mr. Hunter located at Redding, where he became employed as the manager of an automobile sales agency that was in charge of the distribution of no fewer than twelve makes of cars in that territory. From there after awhile he went to Chico as the local agent at that place for the distribution of the Hudson and Essex cars and the Willys-Knight and the St. Clair cars, and was thus engaged at that place until in the fall of 1923 when he closed out his business at Chico and came to Vallejo, becoming established in business here on, October 10 of that year as the local distributor for the Nash and the Ajax automobiles and has built up a fine business, carrying on as the Vallejo Motor Sales Company, with well equipped and admirably appointed sales rooms at 609 Florida street.

In 1919 P. A. Hunter was united in marriage to Miss Le Ann Wheeler, who was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and they have a pleasant home at Vallejo. Mr. Hunter is a member of Vallejo Post No. 104, American Legion, and is also affiliated with the local camp of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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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