Biography of Fred D. Pettes
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FRED D. PETTES
There are few positions demanding a greater degree of tact and none calling for more steadfast qualities of mind and heart than the important post of superintendent of county hospitals, and this institution at Arlington has had the benefit of the experienced and capable labors of Mr. Pettes at its head. Only those who have officiated in similar capacities can realize the mental and nervous strain incident to the efficient discharge of its duties, but universal testimony as to Mr. Petters bears tribute to his resourcefulness and energy as superintendent. Since he entered upon the duties incident to the office he has pushed forward noteworthy reforms and has aided all projects calculated to increase the helpfulness of the hospital, thereby emphasizing the need of its continued and increased activities in the field of humanitarian service.

Descended from honored eastern ancestors, Fred D. Pettes was born at Windsor, Vt., August 17, 1867, being a member of the family of F. D. and Catherine (Conley) Pettes. It was his privilege to receive excellent advantages in the schools of Windsor, attending both the grammar and high schools. Upon leaving school he began to assist his father in the dairy business and specialized in that occupation until he was twenty eight years of age, when he turned his attention to other lines of work. Entering the A. E. Mann shoe factory, he worked first as a packer and later as an inspector, continuing for four years with the company, but eventually leaving in the hope of improving his circumstances. For six months he acted as agent for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company at Claremont, N. H., and meanwhile built up a local reputation for skill and success in the insurance business.

A practical experience of five years as superintendent in charge of the Claremont Cottage Hospital qualified Mr. Pettes for the position he now holds. When he resigned the position he received many tributes of praise regarding his efficiency in the office and the care with which he discharged all duties devolving upon him. After he gave up the work he came to California and in 1905 settled in Riverside county. Later he bought twenty four acres at Perris and turned his attention to the cultivation of the land, but in about two years a favorable opportunity came to sell at an advance on the purchase price and he then gave up his holdings. During March of 1907 the county supervisors appointed him superintendent of the Riverside county hospital and he still fills that position with recognized efficiency and devoted, painstaking care. At no time has he participated in politics from the standpoint of partisanship, but he is loyal to Republican principles and faithful in his support of the men and measures of that party. When a boy he united with the Congregational Church and ever since he has been staunch in his allegiance to the doctrines of that denomination. Fraternally he holds membership with the Improved Order of Red Men. By his first marriage he has a daughter, Elna, born in 1896 and now a student in the Riverside high school. His present wife, formerly Miss Addie A Ingalls, was united with him June 27, 1906, in Riverside. She is a native of Canada and was engaged in hospital work in Claremont, N. H., prior to coming to Riverside. The family has a high standing in Arlington and numbers many well wishers among those with whom they have business or social relations.

From:
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912


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