Solano County

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Samuel Sutton, one of the best known and most widely experienced marine engineers in California, is acting as superintendent of the mechanical department of the Monticello Steamship Company, with headquarters at Vallejo. He came to California more than forty years ago, as a trained machinist, and has ever since been engaged as a marine engineer, his operations having effected excellent results in more instances than one in elevating the standards of the mechanical equipment of the steamship lines with which he has been connected. Mr. Sutton was born in Wilmington, Delaware, December 10, 1859, and is a son of Thomas L. and Sarah (Weaver) Sutton, the latter of whom, a member of one of the old Pennsylvania Quaker families, is still living, now nearing the ninetieth year of her age.

Reared in his home town, Samuel Sutton early finished an apprenticeship to the machinist's trade and became a highly competent craftsman, continuing his studies along that line until he also became a competent engineer. In 1883, when twenty-four years of age, he came to California, arriving in port at San Francisco on the old sidewheeler Olympia. He had no difficulty in securing a place and was employed as third assistant to the chief engineer of the Pacific Coast Steamship Company. The character of his craftsmanship spoke for itself, so that he gradually was promoted until he was made superintendent engineer, with headquarters at Seattle, and in time he acquired a working interest in the White Star Steamship Company. In 1905 his services were secured by the Monticello Steamship Company, and he has since been a resident of Vallejo, his employment as marine engineer and superintendent of this company now having covered a period of over twenty years. It is not too much to say—for the evidence is apparent to all who have been here that length of time and are thus able to make comparisons—that the value of Mr. Sutton's efforts is clearly revealed in the vastly improved appearance of the floating equipment over which he has had supervision and in the higher standard of service as compared with that which existed here when he took charge. Mr. Sutton is widely known in marine circles along the coast and has long been regarded as one of the expert marine engineers serving on Pacific waters.

In 1891, at San Francisco, Samuel Sutton was united in marriage to Miss Martha Smith, who was born in that city, and they have a pleasant home at Vallejo. For the past thirty years and more Mr. Sutton has been a member of the Masonic fraternity and his interest in the affairs of this ancient order has never abated. He also is a faithful member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and the precepts and practices of these two fraternal organizations are observed in his daily life among his fellowmen, his duties as a good citizen being observed to the best of his ability.

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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