Pictured: In the late 19th and early 20th centuries there were several tanneries on lower First Street in Benicia and Kullman-Salz was the largest. It was not just the largest leathery tannery in Benicia, but the largest on the Pacific Coast and, in 1903, an employer of 200 men. At least one of the owners was purportedly a millionaire. The tannery closed down around the time of the stock market crash of 1929 and the buildings remained empty for 20 years, by which time all had been destroyed by fire.
Dr. James J. Hogan was born in Vallejo in 1872. He received a medical degree from Cooper Medical College in San Francisco and established a physician practice in Vallejo in 1892. He opened Vallejo's first hospital in 1912 at the corner of Virginia Street and Sonoma Boulevard. He died in Vallejo in 1942. Photo courtesy of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
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