FRED B. GRANT
Fred B. Grant, of Penryn, is one of California’s native sons and is an important factor in the business circles of the town, where he is well known as the proprietor of the Grant Hotel. His birth occurred in Rich Gulch, Placer County, on the 13th of August, 1857, his father being Elisha Grant, who came to California in 1852 and is now one of the prominent pioneers of the state. He was born in Prospect, Waldo County, Maine, on the 24th of February, 1815. His father, Elisha Grant, Sr., was born in the same town, was a soldier in the War of 1812, serving as a surgeon, and lived to the advanced age of eighty-eight years. In early manhood he married Polly Mudget, a native of Massachusetts.
Elisha Grant, the father of our subject, acquired his education in his native town and after putting aside his textbooks worked for the government at Fort Knox for six years. In 1852 he sailed around Cape Horn to California. They saw much rough weather, and in a severe storm the foremast of the ship was carried away and they were obliged to stop at Rio Janeiro for repairs, and there secured a new mast. This caused a delay of a month at that point. Upon arriving in California Mr. Grant engaged in mining on Yuba River, at Rose’s Bar, where he was paid five dollars per day, but the cholera became prevalent and he left there in August, spending the winter in the mountains. He engaged in mining at Deer Creek, in Penn Valley, but his efforts were attended to with poor results and he went to Calaveras County, engaging in mining operations at Rich Gulch. He had been married in the east in 1849 to Miss Dorothea Blake, who after his removal to the Pacific coast sold their property in Maine and joined her husband in Rich Gulch, coming by way of the Isthmus route and bringing with her their first born child, Ellen, who is now a widow. Subsequently Mr. Grant engaged in mining at Mokelumne Hill, where he took out considerable gold, his largest nugget weighing two ounces. In 1863 he arrived at Penryn and engaged in quarrying granite for G. Griffith. He had been in the hotel business in Calaveras County from 1856 until he came to Placer County; in 1873 he built and opened the Grant Hotel in Penryn, which he successfully conducted until 1895, when his wife died and he turned over the hotel business to his son, Fred B., who has since been its manager. The father has supported the Republican Party since its organization and socially he is connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias fraternity. During his long residence in California he has become widely known to its pioneer settlers and to the later arrivals, and enjoys the high regard of those with whom he comes in contact.
Fred B. Grant attended school at Mokelumne Hill and for six years was engaged in work in the quarry in Calaveras County. He afterward secured a situation as brakeman on the railroad, in which capacity he was employed for two years, and was also a fireman on the division of the Southern Pacific from Sacramento to Truckee. He served as deputy assessor of Placer County for four years and filled the office of constable for six years. He is a man of much ability who seems to have inherited the talent of his grandfather, of whom it was said that “he could make anything or do almost anything.” He has done much building and painting and other kinds of work and is now engaged in taking the census of his district, at the same time conducting the Grant Hotel, of which he is the popular host, doing all in his power to promote the comfort of his guests.
Mr. Grant was married in 1878 to Miss V. A. Logan, a native of Penryn and a step-daughter of J. A. Griffith, who was a prominent citizen of Penryn, but is now deceased. Her own father was Edwin Logan. They children are Sydna V., Eddie Elisha, Effie Mabel, Freddie and Dorothy. Mr. Grant is a stalwart Republican and is a prominent representative of several fraternal organizations, including the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Knights of Pythias and the Knights of Maccabees. He is a man of fine personal appearance, of attractive face and large physique, and his social qualities and pleasant disposition render him particularly well qualified to conduct the hotel of which he is now proprietor.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.
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