from Logan County, Kentucky, Biographies
George E. Garretson, a carriage manufacturer, of Russellville, Kentucky, was born January 10, 1833, in Crawford County, Ohio. Nathan Garretson, his father, was born in 1809, in Wheeling, Virginia, and is still living and a resident of the State of Iowa. George E. Garretson is the third of a family of ten children, born to Nathan and Amelia Garretson. Though born in Crawford, he was reared in Jefferson County, Ohio. He served as an apprentice to his trade of carriage-maker, working in Zanesville, Cinncinati and Columbus, Ohio, and in 1858 he removed from Hickman, Kentucky, to Russellville, Kentucky, and there opened a shop, where, with slight exceptions, he has conducted business since. No words of ours commendatory of the moral and business worth of Mr. Garretson are necessary, for he is extensively known and appreciated by a large circle of friends. On March 12, 1855, he was married in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Matilda A. Smith, who bore him four children, and who died May 24, 1864. The year following he married his present wife, Amanda R. Smith, of Covington, Kentucky. This union has been blessed with the birth of two children. Following are the names of the children: Millard F., born October 28, 1856; George W., born December 24, 1858; Harry A., born January 15, 1861, died August 26, 1862; Eddie Orin, born January 17, 1863; Neva M., born June 17, 1871, and Charles S. Garretson, born October 21, 1872.