Orange County









The late Charles Fletcher Grim, financier, capitalist and philanthropist, resided within the borders of Orange County for a period covering forty-six years and was widely known as a pioneer lumberman of Anaheim, where he engaged successfully in business as president of Ganahl-Grim Lumber Company. He was born in Morrow, Ohio, March 10, 1858, and was one of a family of eight children. His father was Frederick Grim, a native of Germany, and his mother the former Miss Mary Elizabeth Fletcher of Ohio.

Charles F. Grim was a young man of twenty-nine years when in June 1887, he came to Orange County, California, locating in Santa Ana, where he was employed by the Griffith Lumber Company for a period of thirteen years. In 1901 he moved to Anaheim and here became manager for the Griffith Lumber Company. It was in 1904 that he established the C. Ganahl Lumber Company of Anaheim, which concern is now known as the Ganahl-Grim Lumber Company and of which he was president at the time of his death. He became widely recognized as a man of splendid executive ability, sound judgment and keen sagacity in business affairs and his efforts constituted an important factor in the successful management and control of various important enterprises. He aided in the organization of the Anaheim Sanitarium and occupied the presidency of the institution for ten years, retiring in 1932. For a period of fourteen years, from 1915 to 1929, he was president of the Savings, Loan & Building Association of Anaheim. He was also a member of the advisory board of the Anaheim branch of the Bank of America.

On the 25th of December, 1889, Mr. Grim was united in marriage to Miss Agnes Crowley, a successful school teacher of Santa Ana, where she taught for six years. They became the parents of two daughters, namely: Mary, who is Mrs. Oscar W. Heying and resides at 514 North Clementine Street in Anaheim; and Ruth, who is Mrs. Richard Minor, of San Mateo, California.

Mr. Grim was a valued member of the Anaheim Rotary Club and also belonged to the Newman Club of Los Angeles. He was an active communicant of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Anaheim, was a member of the Holy Name Society and about 1908 organized the Anaheim Council of the Knights of Columbus, of which he became the first grand knight. Fraternally he was also affiliated with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. A short time prior to his death he wrote an interesting book of one hundred and eighty pages concerning his travels abroad in 1925. It was through his influence that black acacia trees were set out in the streets of Anaheim. He had attained the age of seventy-five years when he passed away on the 12th of July, 1933, at his home at 502 East Center Street in Anaheim. All who knew him mourned his loss, and many expressions of heartfelt sympathy were tendered the bereaved widow and the daughters, who will cherish the memory of a loving and devoted husband and father. Mr. Grim is also survived by six grandchildren: Jean, Barbara, John and Agnes Heying; and Mary and William Minor.



Transcribed by Bill Simpkins.

Source: California of the South Vol. II, by John Steven McGroarty, Pages 87-88, Clarke Publ., Chicago, Los Angeles, Indianapolis. 1933.

2012 Bill Simpkins.