Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Deserving the popularity he enjoys as one of the faculty of the well-equipped Union high school at Salinas, Captain George F. Grant, who is in charge of the machine-shop work, finds his duties most agreeable, directing the automobile work, the woodwork, drawing and forgework, in all of which the students under him make unusual progress. A native of Michigan, that great state that has already given so many able sons and daughters to California, he was born at Saginaw, May 27, 1888, and there attended the grammar and high schools. Later, he went to the famous Stout Institute at Menomonie, Wisconsin, a school for teachers seeking special instruction in shop-work and physical training, and he also took a course in the Armour Institute of Technology at Chicago, and a post-graduate course in the University of California and Stanford University. Thus his training was thorough and comprehensive, well fitting him for his professional career.

In 1910, Captain Grant was made instructor in machine shop-work in the Central Union high school at St. Paul, Minnesota, and the following year received a similar appointment to the high school at Butte, Montana. During the next six years, he directed the same kind of manual arts work at the Du Pont Manual Training high school in Louisville, Kentucky, and while there, in 1914, he joined the National Guard of Kentucky, in which he rose from private to regimental sergeant-major of the First Infantry, Kentucky National Guard. He took an examination at the Rock Island (Ill.) Arsenal for a commission in the United States Army in the spring of 1917, and was commissioned First Lieutenant in the Ordnance Department. He was stationed successively at the Rock Island Arsenal, the Winchester Repeating Arms Company at New Haven and the Remington Arms Company at Bridgeport, Connecticut; was instructor in the Small Arms Firing School at Camp Perry, Ohio. He was an ordnance officer and instructor in rifle and pistol practice, and was commissioned captain at Salina, California, in April, 1924. He was stationed at the Georgia Arsenal and was at Camp Dodge, Iowa, with the Nineteenth Division until May, 1919, and after that he was assigned to the Cavalry Service Rifle Team, training at Camp Dodge. It is to his credit that he trained and made the national match team and took part in the match, shooting at Caldwell, New Jersey. He was discharged at Fort Bliss in 1919, having made a most creditable record through all his military connections.

That same year, Captain Grant came to California and accepted an instructorship at Mountain View, Santa Clara county. In the Autumn of 1920 he removed to Salinas to accept the position he now holds in the Salinas Union high school. Here, among the students, he has organized a rifle club, and when, in the Spring of 1924, the organization of the tank corps of the Fortieth Division took place in Salinas, Captain Grant was chosen commander of the same, an honor he modestly carries, but which speaks for itself.

Captain Grant was married, at Chicago in 1919, to Miss Honor M. Cunningham, a native of Connecticut. They now have one son, George F. Grant, Jr. Captain Grant is a Mason, belonging to the lodge at New Haven, Connecticut, and his life has ever been guided by the teachings of the craft. His entire career, military and professional, marks his sterling worth.

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.