Solano County

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Fred F. Maves, a well known and well established contractor in the building trades at Suisun, Solano county, making a specialty of brick, plastering and stucco construction, is widely known throughout this section for the high quality of his work. He is a native of the Badger state but has been a resident of California for nearly twenty years and is thoroughly familiar with conditions here. Mr. Maves was born on a farm in Dunn county, Wisconsin, not far west of the city of Eau Claire, March 19, 1881. When fourteen years of age he was apprenticed to the trade of a brick mason under the direction of a competent contractor in that city and became a skilled craftsman in that and allied lines of the building trades, a vocation he ever since has followed.

It was in 1907 that Mr. Maves came to California. For a time he was employed in the operations of the powder company at Pinole, Contra Costa county, and then began working at his trade in Martinez, in that same county. In 1910 he located at Napa, becoming employed there as foreman of construction for one of the leading building contractors of that city, and was thus employed there for seven or eight years, during that time having had a hand in the erection of some of the most important buildings, residences and business blocks put up in that city and in St. Helena and Calistoga. In 1919 Mr. Maves became established in business on his own account at Suisun, where he ever since has made his home, he and his family being very comfortably situated there.

As noted above, Mr. Maves' specialty is brick and cement work, plastering and stucco construction, and as the special agent in his territory for the use of the widely popular Hoffite material for stucco construction, he has done fine work throughout the territory he thus controls, this territory extending from the Napa line to Benicia and including Rio Vista and Dixon. The Hoffite material lends itself admirably to ornamental and decorative effects in structural operations, and its proven durability commends it strongly to discriminating builders. Among the numerous buildings thus finished by Mr. Maves may be mentioned the Noah Adams Lumber Company's office building, the I. D. E. S. hall, the Class A Cleaners' building, the Freitas block, the new Fairfield Hotel and the O'Neil oil station, as well as quite a number of dwelling houses in Fairfield and Dixon, the Bobbins garage in the latter place and numerous ranch houses throughout the county, all this work bespeaking the dependable character of Maves construction. Mr. Maves is a member of the local aerie of the Fraternal Order of Eagles at Suisun.

In 1907, at Menomonie, Dunn county, Wisconsin, Fred F. Maves was united in marriage to Miss Edna John, who was born at Chippewa Falls, that state, and they have four children, all born in California, namely: Caroline, born in 1908; Grace, born in 1910; Melvin, born in 1911; and George, born in 1920.

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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