WILLIAM R. FAIT
The late William R. Fait occupied a prominent place among the leading business men and progressive citizen of Woodland, in the growth and upbuilding of which he had been a large factor for many years, so that his death, which occurred on February 17, 1930, was regarded as a distinct loss to his community. He was born at Elnora, Daviess County, Indiana, on the 2nd of February, 1879, and was there reared to young manhood, receiving his education in the public schools. On coming to California he first located in San Francisco where he learned the carpenter trade, and then went to Spokane, Washington, where for five years he engaged in contracting and building. In 1912 he came to Woodland and from the beginning of his residence here he was recognized as a man of sterling qualities, sound business judgment and high civic ideals, so that he proved a valuable member of the community. In a business way he was successful and much of his work in this section of the valley was of an important character. He built two units of the Woodland high school, including the manual training building, the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Woodland, the larger part of the Woodland Clinic, the Comstock store at Williams, the Fait apartments, the Bank of Italy building at Knights Landing, the American Legion building at Winters, the library building at Davis, many fine homes in Woodland and other cities of central California and ranch homes throughout the valley. He enjoyed a wide reputation as a trustworthy contractor, doing well whatever he undertook and taking a justifiable pride in the high quality of his work. He became the owner of a valuable and well improved ranch in the Willow Oak Park district.
On October 19, 1901, Mr. Fait was united in marriage to Miss Katherine E. Brasfield, who was born in Colusa County, California, and is a daughter of an old pioneer family, her mother having crossed the plains in a covered wagon in 1861, and her father having preceded her. Mrs. Fait was educated in the public schools of Spokane, Washington, and has been very active in the civic affairs of Woodland. She has served for the past eight years as a member of the Woodland board of education, and is now the secretary and the treasurer of that body. She was secretary and treasurer of the Parent-Teacher Association, is secretary and treasurer of the Spanish-American War Veterans Auxiliary and is a member of the Town and Country Club, and Yolo Chapter, No. 60, O. E. S. To Mr. and Mrs. Fait were born two children, Eleanor and Harrison. Mr. Fait was a life member of the Spanish-American War Veterans and belonged to Woodland Lodge, No. 1299, B. P. O. E. He was loyal and true to every demand of citizenship, was sincere and genuine in all of his social relations and during the years of his residence in Woodland commanded the unreserved confidence and esteem of everyone who knew him.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
Source: Wooldridge, J. W. Major, History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 2 Pages 328-329. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.
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