Fremont Wood was born in Dewitt, IA on Dec. 27, 1860. Wood began painting watercolors at age seven. He made the cross country trek to San Francisco with his parents in 1875. There his first job was as a typesetter for Dewey & Company Publishers. In 1895 he was elected secretary of the Citizens Bldg & Loan Ass'n, a position he was to hold for his remaining years. In his leisure he often wandered through Chinatown with sketch book in hand. Other than Chinatown genre, his painting subjects included missions and landscapes. He remained in San Francisco until his demise at his home at 484 37th Avenue on Jan. 20, 1937.
Source: Edan Hughes, author of the book "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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