FRANK J. SOLINSKY
The bar of Calaveras County, California, has long had a high reputation for the attainments and character of its legal practitioners. One of the best known of these at this time is Frank Joseph Solinsky, of San Andreas, a native son of California, who was born at Chinese Camp, Tuolumne County, August 17, 1857. Mr. Solinsky comes of Polish ancestry, and C. W. H. Solinsky, his father, was born, reared and educated in Poland, and in 1838 came to the United States and in 1849 to California. His father served with the rank of captain under Generals Scott and Taylor in the war with Mexico, and was proud to have fought in that invincible army, which knowing not defeat never paused in its onward march until the Mexican capital had fallen. He came from New York and around the Horn and located in Tuolumne County, and was a miner and banker at Chinese Camp, where he represented the Wells-Fargo Express Company as its agent until his death, which occurred April 5, 1896, when he was eight-one years old. He was made a Master Mason in 1857, was an unswerving Democrat and was long a leader in public affairs, whose advice was sought and respected. He married Miss Mary A. Sprague, a native of the state of Maine, of New England ancestry, and the daughter of Joseph Sprague, an early settler of California, and they had three children: William H., who is a druggist in San Francisco; Margaret, who married T. W. Jackson, of Sonora; and Frank Joseph, the immediate subject of this sketch.
Frank Joseph Solinsky was educated at the University of California, at which he was graduated in the class of 1877, with the degree of Ph. B. After his graduation he taught mathematics in the institution for two years, and in 1881 he was graduated at the Hastings Law College with the degree of B. L. He began practice of his profession in July of that year, and during the eighteen years that have followed has been very successful, giving his attention to general practice and making a feature of mining law, and has been connected with many prominent cases in this and others courts of the state.
Politically he is a Republican, and as such he was elected district attorney of Calaveras County and served four years in that office, in the performance of the duties of which he prosecuted several noted criminals, most of whom were convicted and sent to the penitentiary and one of whom expiated his crimes on the gallows. In 1890 he was nominated for the state senate, but as the late J. B. Reddick, his law partner, was that year nominated for lieutenant governor of the state, he declined the honor in order to give his attention to their large and increasing law practice. Mr. Reddick was elected and Mr. Solinsky devoted himself so assiduously to his legal work as to make it markedly successful.
Mr. Solinsky is well known as a Mason and is a member of the blue lodge and chapter and has seven times been elected master of his lodge. He is a charter member of the order of the Sons of the Great West and has the honor of having been its first president; and he is a past master workman of the local lodge of the Ancient Order of United Workmen. He married in 1882 Miss Winnie Syme, a native of Calaveras County and a daughter of the late John T. Syme, and they have three sons: Frank, Elbert and Edward.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.