Solano County

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Among the prominent and influential citizens of Solano county stands David A. Weir, the able and popular publisher of the Solano Republican at Fairfield, who has been a consistent and constant booster of his community and an earnest advocate personally and through the columns of his paper of everything in the way of public improvement and progress. Mr. Weir was born in Sterling, Colorado, on the 31st day of March, 1889, and is the son of Joseph J. and Mary (Propst) Weir, who remained residents of Colorado until 1921, when they came to California, where the father followed gardening pursuits until his death, which occurred on August 17, 1924. His widow survives and is still living at Hunting Beach.

David A. Weir received a good public school education in his native state and later took a business course in a commercial school in Texas. At the age of fifteen years, while still attending school, he began learning the printing business and has never relinquished his interest in that business, having been engaged in one branch or another of the business continually since. During the subsequent years he has owned and edited papers at Grant and Dalton, Nebraska; Silverton, Oregon; the Republican at Suisun, Solano county, where he remained four years, and then went to Burlingame; where he published the Star, after which he had the Messenger at Porterville, and then, in May, 1924, he came to Fairfield and has since devoted himself to the interests of the Solano Republican. This is one of the brightest, newsiest, best edited and best printed sheets in this section of the country, and is enjoying a large and constantly increasing circulation. Mr. Weir is a writer of forceful, yet graceful, style, and makes an earnest effort to print all the news while it is news, while in typographical appearance the Republican is the equal of any of its contemporaries.

During the World war Mr. Weir enlisted for service and was assigned to the Sixth Division Engineer Corps, with which he went to France and saw active service in the Champagne and Argonne offensives. On his discharge he resumed his connection with the printing business. Mr. Weir married Miss Helen Davenport, who was born and reared in Colorado, and who is now the efficient and popular postmistress at Fairfield. To them were born two children, Jeanne and Loraine. Mr. Weir is a stanch supporter of the republican party. He is a member of the Suisun Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, the Solano Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, the commandery of Knights Templar, the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, the Order of the Eastern Star, the Odd Fellows, the American Legion and the Lions Club. He has long been interested in the Boy Scout movement and has rendered effective service as a scout master. He organized the first troop of Scouts here in 1920 and has in every way possible contributed to the success of the organization.

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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