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Russell F. O'Hara, a veteran of the World war with an officer's com-mission, one of the best known of the junior members of the bar of Solano county courts, former police judge of the city of Vallejo and present member of the board of education of that city, a lawyer with a well established practice at Vallejo, was born in that city and his interests ever have centered there. He was born on November 22, 1890, and is a son of John H. and Emma (Frey) O'Hara, the latter of whom, a native of Volcano, California, is still living, making her home at Vallejo. The late John H. O'Hara, in his generation one of the well known citizens of this county, who died at his home in Vallejo in January, 1911, was a native of Ireland. It was in the '70s of the past century that he became a resident of Vallejo, becoming employed as an engineer in the Mare Island ship yards, a position he occupied there for many years.

Reared at Vallejo, Russell F. O'Hara supplemented the schooling he received in the local high school by attendance at the University of Cali-fornia, a member of the 1914 class of that institution, his studies there having been carried on with particular reference to the later study of law. Under private preceptorship he completed his essential law studies and was prepared for admission to the bar. In 1916 he successfully passed the bar examination and was admitted to the bar and became engaged in practice in his home town and was thus engaged there when in the next year the United States went to war, taking its part in the great conflict that for nearly three years had been going on in Europe. Going out with the first quota of soldiers assigned to the army from this county, Mr. O'Hara took his initial training for army service at Camp Lewis and presently entered the officers training corps and was commissioned a second lieutenant, from which rank in September, 1918, he was promoted to the rank of first lieutenant and it was with this rank that on January 8, 1919, he received his honorable discharge, the war then being over.

Upon the completion of his military service Mr. O'Hara returned to Vallejo and resumed his law practice and has since been thus engaged, with offices in the Fisch & Higgins building, and has done very well. He is a republican, long regarded as one of the leaders in the junior ranks of that party in this county, and during the year 1924 rendered public service at Vallejo as city police judge. In 1923 he was elected a member of the city board of education and is now serving in that important and highly responsible public capacity.

In 1922 Mr. O'Hara was united in marriage to Miss Dorothy Percy, who was reared in the neighboring city of Santa Rosa, and they have two children, a son, Russell Frey O'Hara, Jr., and a daughter, Dorothy May O'Hara. The O'Haras have a pleasant home at Vallejo and Mr. and Mrs. O'Hara take an interested part in the city's general social activities. Mr. O'Hara is a member of the Solano County Bar Association, the California State Bar Association and American Bar Association, and has a wide acquaintance in his profession throughout this section of the state. He is an active and interested member of the local post of the American Legion and is also affiliated with the locally influential Rotary Club at Vallejo. He is a Mason, a past patron of the Silver Star chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, and is also affiliated with the local lodges of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Sciots and the Improved Order of Red Men.

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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