Born in 1878 into one of the area's most prominent families, George enjoyed a privileged life as the only child of Garret and Sarah Garretson. A somewhat precocious youth, his inquisitive nature once led him to wire his childhood home for electricity at a time when nearly all in the area were still using gas lamps. He studied engineering at a college in Pennsylvania, and by the turn of the century was living and working in San Diego, California. He started a successful business manufacturing three inventions for use by electricians.
|Garretson's boring machine allowed electricians and plumbers to quickly drill holes through joists.|
Photo from the 10 July 1909 issue of "The Journal of Electricity, Power, and Gas