San Diego County
FREDERICK WALTER GLADHART
Walter Gladhart, president of the Ramona Chamber of Commerce and a successful
realtor, is the owner of Gladhart Acres, a fine tract of land embracing about
twelve hundred and forty acres and lying about two miles south of Ramona on the
San Diego-Ramona highway. Mr. Gladhart
was born near Boise, Idaho, and is a graduate of Boise College of that city and
also of the Brownberger Business College of Los Angeles, California. Prior to engaging in business in California
he was identified with ranching and live stock interests in Idaho, raising both
cattle and hogs. Subsequently he became
the owner of the well known Gladhart restaurant in Los Angeles, conducting the
same for some years, and later devoted his attention to the real estate and
hotel apartment business in that city for a number of years. He was a resident of Los Angeles for
twenty-three years prior to coming to San Diego county a few years ago, when he
selected the land known as Gladhart Acres, on the San Diego-Ramona Highway, to
be sold in small tracts of from three and one-half to five acres and up. This promises to be one of the finest citrus
and avocado districts in California, as many of the Gladhart tracts are now
planted to these fruits. Frost is
unknown here, and the property is only three miles from the center of
Ramona. Mr. Gladhart maintains his
office in the Bank of America building on Main street in Ramona.
1916 Mr. Gladhart was united in marriage to Miss Luella Merickel, daughter of
J.O. Merickel, who was a native of Virginia and lived in Minnesota for many
years. Both the father and mother of
Mrs. Gladhart were members of old Virginia families, and her grandfather and
great-grandfather in the paternal line were ministers of the Methodist
Church. J.O. Merickel had attained the
remarkable age of ninety-eight years when he passed away in Riverside county,
California, in 1927, and he reared a family of thirteen children.
Mr. Gladhart is affiliated with the following Masonic bodies: Blue Lodge; Chapter, R. A. M.; Commandery, K.
T.; Order of the Amaranth, of which he is a past patron; and the Order of the
Eastern Star, of which he is also a past patron. His wife is likewise a member of the Order of
the Amaranth, has served as grand lecturer of the Order of the Eastern Star in
Los Angeles. She also belongs to the
Ramona Woman’s Club and, like her husband, manifests an active and helpful
interest in civic affairs, both doing everything in their power to promote the
development and progress of the Ramona district. Their home is at the corner of Ninth and B
Streets in Ramona.
Mary Ellen Frazier.
California of the South Vol. V, by John Steven McGroarty,
Pages 745-746, Clarke Publ., Chicago, Los Angeles, Indianapolis. 1933.
© 2013 Mary Ellen Frazier.