Solano County

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H. W. Lowell, manager and one of the proprietors of the Vallejo Bus Company, operating several lines of busses out of Vallejo, and a man widely known in local business circles, is a native son of California and all his life has been spent here, a resident of Vallejo for the past ten years. Mr. Lowell was born on a ranch in Sacramento county, September 5, 1879, and was there reared, receiving his schooling in the neighborhood district schools. He remained on the farm, helpful in the labors of developing and improving the same, until he had attained his majority, when he became employed as a stationary engineer in the power plant of the Southern Pacific Railway Company in Placer county, making his home at Roseville.

For fourteen years Mr. Lowell continued thus connected with the operations of the railroad and then he moved to Sacramento and became employed as a motorman on the local street railway, a connection he maintained for three years or until in July, 1916, when his services were secured as manager of the growing business of the Vallejo Bus Company and he since has made his home in Vallejo, with an interest in the business, his partners being V. C. Gorst and H. N. Richards. This bus company began operations in December, 1915, with two cars, each of eight-passenger capacity. It now operates eight cars, each with a twenty-passenger capacity, and is doing well, providing a service that is greatly appreciated throughout the territory it covers. The company operates four lines, Mare Island, South Vallejo, Bay Terrace and Valley Annex, maintains a thirty-minute schedule in an eighteen-hour day and in 1924 carried five hundred and thirty-six thousand seven hundred and seventy-three passengers.

Mr. Lowell is a member of the Native Sons of the Golden West, having become affiliated with that patriotic organization during the time of his residence in Roseville, and takes a deep interest in the affairs of the society.

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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