|Birth: ||Jan. 3, 1873|
|Death: ||Oct. 18, 1944|
GARRETT E. ANDERSON An interesting pioneer couple who, by hard labor and frugality have become well-to-do and now own and enjoy a fine home-place, are Mr. and Mrs. Garrett E. Anderson, for many years prominently identified with Fresno County. He was born near Herodsburg. Mercer County, Ky., on January 3, 1873. the son of Robert R. Anderson, a native of that state and a prosperous farmer. Robert R. tried to enlist in the Union Army but he was too young to be accepted, and his ruse of stand-ing in high-heeled boots to overcome his short stature was also of no avail. While in Kentucky he married Margaret Jane Poulter, and in 1882 removed to Missouri, near Sedalia, Pettis County. As early as 1884 he came to California and Fresno, and was employed by different contractors, helping to build the Hughes Hotel. Seven years later, Mr. Anderson, with his wife and a daughter, returned east, leaving a son and a daughter here : and taking up his residence again in Kentucky, he resumed farming. In 1909 they returned to California and settled at Orleans Bar where, two years later, he died. Since then Mrs. Anderson, who has remarried and become Mrs. Goven, has returned to Kentucky to live. Eleven children were born of this union, but only three grew up. Laura A. is Mrs. Gay of Santa Barbara; Josie is Mrs. Sebastian, in Kentucky; and Garrett Edgar is the subject of our sketch.
Brought up in Kentucky until he was eleven years old, Garrett then came to Fresno and attended the Hawthorne School, the only school here at that time. When he began to work, he took up viticulture ; and when his father went east, he remained and continued the work in his vineyard.
During July, 1893, in the Kutner Colony, Mr. Anderson was married to Miss Elizabeth Rice, a native of Newark, N. J., and the only child of James Rice, a gas-maker there, who went to Texas and engaged in farming, but on account of three successive failures of crops he moved with his family to Fresno, in 1885, and entered the service of the Fresno Gas Company.
He made gas for the concern and also showed them how to establish their business, and in 1890 he located in Kutner Colony on some raw land. Mrs. Anderson also went to the Hawthorne School, as well as to the school in Temperance Colony.
Mr. Rice died February 16, 1915, and Mrs. Rice passed away in June, 1917. They were very generous and hospitable and assisted many of the early settlers to get a start. For a season Mr. Anderson was in the employ of the Pine Ridge Lumber Company and then he went into the mountains with the Sanger Lumber Company. In the fall of 1898 he bought twenty acres adjoining the property of Mr. Rice, and began to engage in viticulture.
He had a horse, and he built upon the ranch and otherwise much improved it; and he later bought ten acres, near the Kutner school-house, on which he resided for eight vears. The original twenty acres, now in full-bearing muscats, Mr. Anderson still owns. In the meantime this enterprising pioneer invested in a tract of sixty acres, in 1909, when the nearest vineyard was a mile away. He had to poison off the horde of squirrels and jack rabbits before he could set his vines but he succeeded in making it a fine place. He built a residence, with the usual barns and outbuildings, and then bought, with Mr. Rice, a tract of forty acres near by, thirty-five of which he set out as a vineyard with muscat and shipping grapes, and several acres of alfalfa. He worked out, saved and invested his surplus in his ranch, and has become well posted in his line.
This ranch, located five and a half miles southeast of Clovis, became one of the landscape, as well as agricultural, attractions in this section. However, in June, 1918, he sold this place and moved back to the old Rice home, which he and Mrs. Anderson still own, in connection with their original twenty acres. It is located on National Avenue, eleven miles east of Fresno, and is well improved, with a modern residence and a pumping plant. Mr. Anderson has supported the successive raisin and fruit associations, and he is now a member of the California Associated Raisin Company.
Thirteen children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Anderson, and all but two are now living. Josie is Mrs. Davis, of Kutner Colony ; Robert B. is serving in a motor transportation company of the United States Army at Camp Merritt, N. J. ; James S. was in Company K, Thirtieth Infantry, Third Division, serving overseas, and took part in the Battle of Chateau Thierry, France, and on July 28, 1918, was severely wounded by shrapnel and after recovery he returned to the United States and was honorably discharged, April 28, 1919; Marguerite J. is at home and so are Laura P., Ruth, Hester, Sarah, Albert, Garrett and Dorothy. Mr. Anderson belongs to Fresno Lodge, No. 39, of the Eagles, and the Woodmen of the World at Fresno ; and Mrs. Anderson and the familv do their share in local social life.
In national politics Mr. Anderson is a Democrat, but he favors the obliteration of party lines in local government : he has served as a trustee of the Red Bank school district.
Elizabeth Rice Anderson (1875 - 1939)*
Mountain View Cemetery
Plot: East Addition tract, blk A, lot 15
Created by: Lester Letson
Record added: Sep 22, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 59076324