Biography of Charles S. Grady
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CHARLES S. GRADY.
Charles S. Grady, of Napa, an honored citizen of Napa county, who after a busy and useful life is now living practically retired from active business affairs, is a man of substantial worth and one of the most enterprising citizens of his locality. He is a native of Solano county, California, and was born on a farm near Vacaville on the 23d of October, 1872, a son of John Henry and Ellen Grady. John H. Grady came to California about 1850, settling in Solano county, and for several years was engaged in freighting goods from Suisun to Sacramento, after which he turned his entire attention to farming, locating on a tract of fine land which he had acquired near Vacaville. He lived there until 1878, when he sold that place and moved to Napa county, where he was engaged in contracting during his remaining active years. Charles S. Grady received his education in the public schools and in a business college and then went to work in a grocery store in Napa, beginning as a general helper about the store and driving the delivery wagon. He was afterward engaged in the grocery business on his own account for many years and finally sold out, and he has since devoted himself to the care of his beautiful home place. He is a man of fine character and public spirit, upholding those measures which are best for the community, and he has always enjoyed the respect and esteem of all who have known him.

Mr. Grady married Miss Laura Cain, who was born and reared in Napa and is a member of an old pioneer family of this locality. Her grandfather was Captain John Grigsby, who was one of the raisers of the historic Bear flag, which was raised in Sonoma county as a symbol of California's independence from Mexican authority, and part of the flag was made from her grandmother's petticoat. Her father, John Cain, who is now deceased, was an early settler in this locality, and he was married to Miss Elva Grigsby. Politically Mr. Grady has been a lifelong supporter of the republican party and has taken an active part in local political affairs. During the campaign of 1924 he was president of the Coolidge-Dawes Club, and he did excellent work during that contest. Fraternally he is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, belonging to Reno Lodge No. 13; Napa chapter, Royal Arch Masons, of which he is secretary; Napa Commandery No. 34, Knight Templar;. Santa Rosa consistory of Scottish Rite Masons, thirty second degree; Islam temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, at San Francisco; and Silver Spray Chapter No. 59, Order of the Eastern Star, of which he is a past worthy patron. He is a member of the Past Matrons and Past Patrons Association of San Francisco. Mr. Grady likewise belongs to Napa lodge, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks; Napa lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; the Daughters of Rebekah; Napa lodge, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and the Napa parlor, Native Sons of the Golden West. He is a man of genial and friendly disposition and easily makes friends, and he enjoys a well deserved popularity throughout this section of the county.

From:
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
and Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago 1926


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