Solano County

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It is a well attested maxim that the standing of a state lies not in its machinery of government or its institutions, but in the sterling qualities of the individual citizens, in their capacity for useful effort and in their unselfishness and devotion to the public welfare. Since coming to this country, David W. Robertson has proved himself a loyal and patriotic citizen, and he has earned the respect and esteem of his fellowmen. He is a native of Dundee, Scotland, and was born on the 2d of January, 1872, a son of Alexander and Mary (Hutchinson) Robertson. When he was eighteen years of age the family came to America, landing in Canada, and they first went to the Northwest territory, later locating in Victoria. David W. Robertson attended the public schools of his native land and went to night school after coming to this country. His first employment on this side of the ocean was as a machinist for the Canadian Pacific railroad at Winnipeg, and he then spent four years as a traveling salesman. For a short time he was employed in the British Columbia Iron Works at Vancouver. He subsequently came to San Francisco and for two years was in the Union Iron Works, coming from there to the Mare Island navy yard, where he has since remained. He was first employed at his trade in the machine shop, was then in the planing section for sixteen years and was repeatedly advanced until today he occupies the responsible position of chief estimator. He has proven himself well qualified for the duties devolving upon him, being a man of exceptional qualities of character, alert mentality and energetic methods.

Mr. Robertson was married to Miss Lillian Margaret Carter, of Vallejo, whose father, Samuel Carter, came to San Francisco in 1851, on the ship Fairlee, of London. He went to the mines at Rich Bar, on the Feather river, where he remained until 1858, when he went back to England for a visit of eight months. In 1859 he returned and resumed his mining interests, to which he devoted himself until coming to Vallejo, where he spent his remaining years. His death occurred in 1911, while his wife died in 1905. He was for many years an active member of the Methodist Episcopal church. Politically Mr. Robertson gives his support to the republican party and takes a lively interest in public affairs.

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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