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Gretter, William Cecil, 1872-1947

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Mary S Taylor

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 5:48 am    Post subject: Gretter, William Cecil, 1872-1947 Reply with quote

Pacific Grove Tribune, CA May 9, 1947 p1
W.C. Gretter, Pioneer Grove Resident, Dies of Heart Attack May 3
Community Mourns Loss of Genial, Well-Known Druggist Who Succumbed At his Home Saturday Afternoon

With the death last Saturday in his home from a heart attack, of William Cecil Gretter, 74, Pacific Grove lost a well-known and much loved resident, and his death saddened the community. Mr. Gretter was born in Lodi, California, and moved later with his family to Watsonville. About 67 years ago, he had his first sight of the Monterey Peninsula when he and a large group of relatives came to the Peninsula on a camping trip. In 18880 his immediate family moved to Salinas, and for a time lived in Chualar. His father became principal of the Pacific Grove grammar school in 1889 and the family moved here to stay. Mr. Gretter lived on the Peninsula from that time on, except for the period when he was at the University of California and Northwestern Chicago. His first job in a drug store was with James Moore in Monterey, and during the years that followed he was associated with a number of drug stores on the Peninsula, for the last 15 years at the Pesse drug store in the Grove where his pleasant manner and ability as a “teller of tales” endeared him to many. Prior to his going away to school, Gretter, who was not in too good health at the time, decided that he needed outdoor life to improve his health, and went to work as a cowboy for the Pacific Improvement company, which later became Del Monte Properties. During this period young Gretter had some of the most exciting experiences of his life. In 1900 Mr. Gretter was a charter member of the Grove Volunteer fire department and chief of the department from 1906 until 1914. Mr. Gretter was preceded in death by his wife, who passed away the first part of march. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. L. H. McPhail, and a granddaughter, Margaret Susan McPhail of Pacific Grove, and a brother, George K. Gretter of San Francisco. Rev. T.J. Barkle officiated at the funeral services, which were held Tuesday afternoon at the Paul Mortuary. Burial was in El Carmelo cemetery. Pallbearers were Dr. J.J. Williams, Ed. R. Martin, Dan Freeman, Clarence Trine, Charles Olmsted and Niles Pease.

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