A prominent builder and contractor of San Jose who is contributing to the upbuilding of the Garden City by the attractive homes he is erecting for others as well as those he is building and selling himself, is Howard S. Waltz, proud of his heritage as a native son of California, having been born in Oakland, on August 30. 1888. He is the son of Dr. George and Gertrude (Smith) Waltz; the father, who was a dentist, came to California in the early '80s and settled at Walnut Creek, where he resided at the time of his death; the mother is still living and makes her home in San Jose.

Howard was educated in the public schools and having come here in 1895, he took the high school course in San Jose. For six years he was in the employ of Frank Wolf as an architectural draftsman and later served one year as head draftsman of Wright and Kimbrough at Sacramento, Cal., later returning and engaging in contracting, taking contracts for such buildings as the George Glendenning home, the Horace Keesling home, Dr. H. B. Reynold's residence in Palo Alto and others there, also the home of H. C. Phillips in Los Gatos. He is now building and selling homes himself, in which undertaking he has been very successful.

Mr. Waltz's marriage united him with Miss Gladys Trimble. who is a native of California, having been born in San Jose, and they are the parents of four children: Dorothy L.; William Howard; Betty Jane; and Jean Eleanor. Mr. Waltz is an active member of the Chamber of Commerce, also the Builders' Association and the Woodmen of the World. In national politics, he is a stanch adherent of the Republican party. In his youthful days, he was a devotee of bicycling and attained considerable reputation as a racer, and he still keeps up his interest in out-door sports by camping trips in the mountains


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