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Thomas F. McGill, Jr., a well established grading contractor at Vallejo, was born there February 2, 1872, and is a son of Thomas F. and Marion McGill, pioneers of Vallejo, the latter of whom died in 1913. The senior Thomas F. McGill, now living retired in that city, where he has had his home for the past sixty years, was born in the city of New York and was twenty-three years of age when in 1865 he came to California and settled at Vallejo. Here he embarked in the retail meat trade and built up a business which was for years one of the leaders in its line and out of which were developed other interests in the way of realty and so forth, which made him one of the substantial business men of the community, as is related elsewhere in this work, together with an interesting story of the life and career of this pioneer.

Reared at Vallejo, the junior Thomas F. McGill was graduated from the high school there in 1891. From the days of his youth he had been familiar with the details of his father's retail meat business, and after leaving school he took an active interest in that enterprise, continuing thus engaged until 1905, when he embarked in the raising of live stock, a line he followed for two years, at the end of which time he went to San Francisco and there became engaged as a teaming contractor. In 1908 he returned to Vallejo and there established himself in his present line as a general grading contractor, with a complete equipment for all kinds of grading work, local as well as highway. During the time Mr. McGill has been thus engaged much of the best of the highway con-struction in this and adjacent counties has been brought about, and he has had a large share in that important work. Mr. McGill has always taken a deep interest in the affairs of the city of his birth and in many ways has been helpful in promoting projects looking to a further development of the community.

Thomas F. McGill, Jr., has been twice married. In 1900, at Vallejo, he was united in marriage to Miss Florence Cassidy, who died in 1920, leaving a son Harold W., and a daughter, Anna Marion. In 1921 Mr. McGill married Miss Minnie Deming, who was born at Vallejo. In their political affiliation Mr. and Mrs. McGill are republicans.

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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