Solano County

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Silas R. Sonneland, manager of the Fairfield plant of the Noah Adams Lumber Company of Oakland and one of the prominent figures in the general industrial life of Solano county's delightful county town, is an Oregonian by birth, an Iowan by rearing and a Californian by choice and inclination, a resident of this state for the past fifteen years and more and quite content to be regarded as a Californian until he dies, for he has found conditions in this state very much to his liking. Mr. Sonneland was born at Marshfield on the bay in Coos county, Oregon, June 8, 1878, and was but a child when his parents moved with their family from there to Oakland, California, and later to Iowa, in which latter state, at New Sharon and at Harlan, he received excellent schooling.

Mr. Sonneland's first gainful employment was as a telegraph operator on the Chicago & Northwestern railroad. He later had service as an operator on the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul road and on the Rock Island and then became engaged in railroad construction operations, going on in the engineering department as a member of a surveying crew and finishing his operations along that line as superintendent of construction, with particular reference to bridge work, concrete work, grading and the like. These services were rendered in behalf of the Chicago & Great Western and the St. Louis, Kansas City & Colorado lines for awhile and then he went with the Illinois Central on that company's big job of double tracking from Cairo, Illinois, to New Orleans, and finishing that section of this road from St. Louis to Paw Paw Junction. He later was engaged on survey work for the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul and on the Vancouver, Victoria & Eastern road from Vancouver to Boundary Falls, British Columbia, and then became employed as auditor in the operations of the P. Welch Company on the Spokane, Portland & Seattle road, continuing thus engaged until in 1907, when he became engaged in the lumber business at Ranier, Oregon. Three years later, in 1910, he closed out his interests there and came to California, becoming here employed in the operations of the Port Costa Lumber Company at Vallejo. Two years later he transferred his connection to the Sunset Lumber Company at Oakland and established his home in that city, later becoming connected with the operations of the Noah Adams Lumber Company of Oakland and in 1923 was placed in charge of that company's plant and lumber yards at Fairfield, where he since has been thus engaged, though until recently he and his wife continued to maintain their home in Oakland, where he has realty interests. The Fairfield plant of the Noah Adams Lumber Company was established in 1913 and since Mr. Sonneland has been in charge of the same he has done much to expand its operations and has built up a fine business throughout the excellent trade area centering at Fairfield.

Mr. Sonneland is a charter member of the locally influential and interesting Fairfield Lions Club and is the present (1926) president of the same. He is a Scottish Rite and Royal Arch Mason, affiliated with the blue lodge (Franklin No. 143) at Courtland, with the chapter at Suisun and with the consistory at Oakland and is also a member of Oakland Lodge No. 171, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. He and his wife are members of the Order of the Eastern Star, affiliated with Chapter No. 2 at Suisun. He likewise is affiliated with the Oakland branch of the Sciots organization. In 1911, at San Francisco, Mr. Sonneland was united in marriage to Miss Euela A. Apperson, who was born at Corinth, Mississippi. They not only have a pleasant home at Oakland but have recently completed and are now living in a new home at Fairfield.

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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