PETER R. GARNETT
This gentleman, who is acceptably serving as a county supervisor, has always been a loyal and public-spirited citizen, manifesting in the discharge of his duties at the present time the same fidelity which he displayed when upon the southern battlefields he aided in the defense of the starry banner and the cause it represented. He was born in Ralls County, Missouri, February 14, 1841, and is a son of J. R. and Eliza Garnett. His father, a native of Kentucky, followed the occupation of farming and in 1820 removed from the state of his nativity to Missouri, where his death occurred when he was about fifty years of age. His wife, who was born in Virginia, also died in Missouri, at the age of seventy-three years. In their family were ten children, four of whom are yet living, one brother being a resident of Solano County, California.
Upon his father’s farm Peter R. Garnett spent the days of his childhood and assisted in the labors of the field and meadow. At the age of seventeen he left home in order to attend school, and when twenty years of age he put aside his textbooks in order to enter his country’s service. On the day on which he left the schoolroom he enlisted in the army, becoming a member of Hawkins’ battalion, which was commanded by Colonel Hawkins, a veteran of the Mexican War. He was several times wounded and for six months was forced to remain out of the army, but otherwise he was always on duty with his regiment. At Grenada, Mississippi, he was commissioned lieutenant, in recognition of his meritorious service. The brigade was captured at Mobile Bay, at which time Mr. Garnett and his comrades were sent to New Orleans and thence to Jackson, Mississippi, where they were paroled.
Mr. Garnett remained in the south for about three months and then returned home, but after a short time he again went to Mississippi and for about two years was engaged in teaching school near Vicksburg. On the expiration of that period he returned to Missouri, where preparations were made for a trip to California. Making his way to New York, he continued his journey by way of the Panama route and on the 15th of June, 1868, arrived on the Pacific coast. He joined his brother, J. S. Garnett, of Solano County, and resided there for five years. On the expiration of that period he took up his abode in Colusa County.
In October, 1873, Mr. Garnett was united in marriage to Miss Ruth A. McCune, a daughter of H. E. McCune, of Solano County. Three children have been born to them: Inez, born December 21, 1874; Reba, who was born April 12, 1878, and is now married and has a son, named Garnett; and Hugh, who was born on April 6, 1881.
After his marriage Mr. Garnett located upon the farm where he now makes his home, the place being pleasantly located three miles southeast of Willow. He carried on general farming and has become one of the most extensive landowners of this section of the state, having twenty-two hundred acres. Of this he rents one thousand acres, while upon the remainder of the tract he carries on stock raising on a large scale. He is a very enterprising and progressive businessman whose success is due to his own well directed efforts, his enterprise and perseverance. For a time he was a director of the Central Irrigation Company, and at all times has been in sympathy with the measures and movements which contribute to the general good.
Mr. Garnett has always been a staunch Democrat in his political affiliations and does all in his power to promote the growth and secure the success of his party. While in Colusa County he was elected supervisor, in 1876, and held the office for three years. Since his marriage he has been a member of the school board and is now serving as the president of the high school board. In 1894 he was elected a member of the board of supervisors of Glenn County, and so acceptably and faithfully discharged the duties of his office that he was re-elected in 1898, and is therefore the present incumbent. Socially he is connected with Laurel Lodge, No. 245, A. F. & A. M. He and his wife and their children are members of the Baptist Church, and he has assisted in building every house of worship of this locality. He has also served as the superintendent of the Sunday school, and like him, his wife is active in church work. Extensive reading and observation have made him a well informed man and he is regarded as one of the representative citizens of this section of California. All that he has is the reward of his own labors, and his life illustrates most forcibly what can be accomplished through determined and honorable purpose.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.