Dr George Adolf Grotefend

Dr George Adolf Grotefend

Shasta, Shasta County, California, USA
Death 11 May 1951 (aged 82)
Redding, Shasta County, California, USA
Burial Shasta, Shasta County, California, USA
Memorial ID 133617861 · View Source
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A dentist, educated at the University of Pennsylvania. His office was located upstairs in the I.O.O.F. building, in present day downtown Redding mall.

George Grotefend Scholarship

Dr. George Grotefend was a dentist and a member of a prominent Shasta County pioneer family. During his lifetime, he involved himself with ranching and mining in addition to running a very busy, lucrative dental practice. Upon his death, the bulk of his estate was put into a trust, the interest of which is issued to provide scholarships to deserving high school graduates from Shasta County in Northern California. ~source, Shasta County Office of Education.

Dr. Grotefend came from pioneer stock in Shasta County. His father, August Grotefend, was born in Germany in 1824 and came to St. Louis with his family in the same year. Lured by the stories of gold discoveries, he came to California to seek his fortune, settling in Shasta County in 1849. After several unsuccessful mining attempts he discovered a rich pocket of gold ore in Schaeffer Gulch, from which he removed about $18,000.

In 1854 he married Emilie Zumdahl and engaged in the mercantile business in the town of Shasta, where he was very successful. The remains of his store are still preserved as a part of the Shasta State Historical Monument.

George Adolph Grotefend was born in 1869, the next to the youngest son of August and Emilie Grotefend. He was educated in the local schools and the Methodist College in Napa. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in dentistry in 1889. He returned to Redding where he opened an office in 1890, which he maintained for 20 years, in the Odd Fellows Building.

He was considered Redding's leading dentist, keeping abreast of all modern techniques and equipping his office with the finest fixtures available.

About 1909, together with Bill Foster, Dr. Grotefend organized the Trinity Farm and Cattle Company. The firm had headquarters near Trinity Center and grazing land in the Bald Hills. Actually the doctor made his money in his mining ventures and invested the proceeds in the land and cattle company. He held the controlling interest in this company at the time of his death.

George Grotefend had considerable mining interests throughout his lifetime. Probably his most outstanding mining venture was the purchase, about 1930, of the Washington mine in the French Gulch mining district.

Dr. Grotefend had once married, but the marriage ended in divorce, and there were no children. Of the seven children born to his mother and father, only one grandchild grew to adulthood. This niece, Bessie Prehn, never married and died in 1957, leaving the Grotefend family with no descendants.

Dr. Grotefend retired from active practice in the early 1940's and spent the last twenty-five years of his life living at the Golden Eagle Hotel.

~biography source, Shasta County Historical Society; Irene Kitchell, Mineral Information Service publication, Vol 20, No. 2, February, 1967 pp. 16-17

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