Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


An experienced, well informed real estate and insurance broker who has done much to stabilize realty and to encourage the thrifty habit of policy-taking, is F. M. Garrison, of 67 Pacific avenue, Santa Cruz, a native of the great Hawkeye state, having been born at Fayette, Iowa, December 27, 1856. His father was Francis M. Garrison, and his mother, before her marriage, was Sarah M. Griffith. These worthy pioneers came to California in 1874, and having left the train at Turlockhey settled where Los Banos now is, remaining there for a year. In 1875 they removed to Fresno county, and there, while Mr. Garrison was a cattleman, his good wife was a public school teacher. In 1884 they removed northward into Oregon, where in April, 1890, Mr. Garrison died. Mrs. Garrison survived until 1909, when she passed away in Fresno county, California.

F. M. Garrison attended various schools, going first to the public grammar school in Fresno, then to the Lincoln School in San Francisco, and after that to a high school in Oregon. He began his business career as one of the crew on a pile-driving outfit, but the principal part of his life was spent in the San Joaquin valley in the real estate field, with his headquarters at Sanger. At that period he handled a large amount of realty, greatly enlarging his experience, and when he came to Santa Cruz in October, 1919, he was well posted on conditions generally in California. He has come to handle subdivisions, and that means that he makes them go. A republican in matters of national political import, Mr. Garrison, like his distinguished namesake of the Civil war time, always stands for protection to America's best interests.

Mr. Garrison was married to Miss Hattie A. Joy, a native of Hancock county, Maine, and they have one daughter, Carlotta, and a grandchild, Carlotta Fairchild. Mr. Garrison belongs to the Woodmen of the World, is also a Mason and as a recreation turns to hunting and fishing.

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.