Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


A well known druggist whose valuable experience and timely enterprise have proven of real service to the community in which he is so active is W. C. Gretter, of the firm of Long & Gretter. He was born at Woodbridge, San Joaquin county, California, July 13, 1872, the son of George W. and L. P. (Smith) Gretter. The father, a sturdy pioneer who came from Virginia to California in 1869, farmed for a while near Woodbridge, and then removed to Watsonville. For nine years he was principal of the Pacific Grove grammar school, and he also became prominent in the democratic circles of Monterey county. Both parents are now deceased, resting from their earthly labors after having well served their day and generation.

W. C. Gretter attended the public schools of Monterey county and when he was seventeen, accompanied his family to Pacific Grove. He was one of three, members that made up the first class to graduate from the Pacific Grove grammar school, -a class at present memorable, as it is the only class of which every member is still living. Ambitious to climb still higher, young Gretter matriculated at the University of California, and still later was graduated from the Northwestern University at Evanston, Illinois.

Returning to Monterey, California, he joined J. F. Moore in the drug trade; next entered the service of John Archer; and then for a while was with Mrs. Glass. In 1901 he purchased the store at Pacific Grove, in partnership with Mr. Long, which connection continues to the present time. Since then he has played an important part in the local drug field, maintaining one of the best equipped and best managed business concerns in the county.

Mr. Gretter was married to Miss Gertrude A. Rich, of Boston, who came to Pacific Grove as a girl and was reared here. They have one daughter, Jenniebelle. Mr. Gretter is an Odd Fellow and has passed through all the chairs of that fraternal society. He is also active and popular as an Elk. His political allegiance is given to the democratic party and he is interested in all vital public questions but has never been an office seeker. He is fond of hunting and fishing, and turns to these for recreation but the major part of his time is given to his business affairs with the result that his labors are attended with growing success.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.