MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 485
submitted by Charlene Nichols Hixon, December 4, 2007
DEATH OF FORMER MUSCATINE MAN AT SAN DIEGO
San Diego Sun, Feb. 21: FRED WILLIS GARRETSON, a member of one of the most prominent of San Diego’s families, passed away shortly after 7 o’clock this morning at the residence of his mother, 2940 K street. He had been a great sufferer from sickness during his life, and during the past few years he has been gradually failing in health, until the summons came this morning.
Mr. Garretson was born 33 years ago in Muscatine, Iowa, where he resided for the first twenty-one years of his life. He came here twelve years ago, and immediately became prominently identified with the business interests of the city and coast. For a number of years he was one of the principal stockholders in the Pacific Wood and Coal company, the Cycle and arms company, the Garretson Investment company, the Pacific Coast Syrup company, of San Francisco and various other well-known mercantile enterprises.
He was the owner of considerable property here, including a fine residence on twenty-first and I streets. During the past two or three years Mr. Garretson has not been actively engaged in business affairs, and he made an effort to build up his health, but it was too late. He was a man who had suffered a great deal during his life and had the sympathy of friends.
Two children, residing in San Francisco, survive him. He also leaves a number of relatives in this city, including his mother and two brothers, D. F. Garretson, vice president of the First National bank, and George O. Garretson, of the Pacific Wood and Coal company.
Fred Garretson will be remembered as the youngest son of the late G. A. Garretson. He visited in this city for several weeks last summer.
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