Solano County

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Clarence J. Uhl, who is widely known as one of the most expert and successful fruit growers in Solano county, was born at Millersburg, Ohio, on the 12th of August, 1867, and is a son of George W. and Susan (Korns) Uhl, the former of whom was a farmer by vocation and both of whom are now deceased. Our subject is the scion of old colonial stock, the Uhl family having been established in this country in 1760, when three brothers came here, two of whom fought in the war of the Revolution, giving up their lives in that struggle.

Clarence J. Uhl received a good public school education and then entered Wittenberg College, at Springfield, Ohio, from which he was graduated. At the age of twenty-one years he came to Vacaville, Solano county, determined to make his own way in the world. His first employment was as a clerk in a store and post office, after which he worked on farms and fruit ranches, where he gave close heed to the methods and procedure connected with fruit raising. In 1892 he started out on his own account by leasing a tract of land, to the cultivation of which he devoted himself with all the enthusiasm of ambitious youth, and he was so successful that in 1900 he was able to buy two tracts of land, containing respectively eighty acres and seventy-six acres, located in Pleasant valley. These he planted to fruit, and during the subsequent years he has enjoyed marked success, having added to his acreage until he now is the owner of about two thousand acres of splendid land, two hundred and thirty-two acres of which comprise the home place, adjoining Vacaville. It was formerly known as the Dobbins place, and one tract owned by Mr. Uhl, known as the Riviera place, of seven hundred acres, which he bought in 1920, is a part of an old Spanish grant. Mr. Uhlís land is devoted mainly to fruit, vineyard and pasturage, and during the busy season he requires a large number of helpers in the gathering, packing and shipping of the fruit. He is an authority on horticultural matters, having through all the years of his residence here continued his study and investigation of every phase of the business, and he has fully earned the splendid rewards which have crowned his efforts. He is also the owner of the Masonic building in Vacaville.

Mr. Uhl was married to Miss Lula Thompson, who was born in Michigan but was brought to California at the age of eight years. They are the parents of a son, Edwin H., who was born February 15, 1895, and who is a well known rancher near Vacaville. A personal sketch of him appears on other pages of this work. Clarence J. Uhl has served as one of the city trustees of Vacaville for the past eighteen years and has also rendered efficient service as a member of the high school board and the library board. He keeps his property well improved and has a very comfortable and attractive home, where the spirit of hospitality is always uppermost. Mr. Uhl is a lover of good horses and has himself bred some excellent animals, among which was "Solano Boy."

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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