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            Frederick 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.

            In 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.

            Fraternally 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.




Transcribed by Mary Ellen Frazier.

Source: California of the South Vol. V, by John Steven McGroarty, Pages 745-746, Clarke Publ., Chicago, Los Angeles, Indianapolis.  1933.

© 2013  Mary Ellen Frazier.