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George Paul Eltiste

Born - Wednesday, September 7, 1892

Sod House, Stuttgart, Phillips County, Kansas

Married - Wednesday, June 14, 1916

Orange, Orange County, California

Died - Thursday, March 1, 1990

Orange, Orange County, California

Buried - Saint John's Lutheran Cemetery
Santa Ana, Orange County, California




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with Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who have been Identified with its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present".  History By Samuel Armor. Published by Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California 1921.



George Paul Eltiste




A far-seeing and optimistic young man of remarkable energy, whose "hustling" spirit of enterprise, contagious to others, has brought well-merited success, is George Paul Eltiste, the well-known horticulturist.  He was born in Phillipsburg, Phillips County, Kansas, on September 7, 1892, the son of Michael Eltiste, and the eldest of six children, all of whom are living.  He was reared on a farm in Kansas, and attended the local public schools.

In August, 1906, Mr. Eltiste came out to California and settled in Orange County; and being still in his teens, he continued his schooling, topping off with a thorough course at the Orange County Business College at Santa Ana.  Then he commenced to work for J. C. Williams in his implement store, and after that in a blacksmith shop, where he learned the trade.  He next formed a partnership with Chris Ruehle, under the firm name of Ruehle & Eltiste, and they conducted their business very successfully at their shop on North Glassell Street.

Selling out his interest, Mr. Eltiste engaged in ranching and took care of his father's ranch of twenty-three acres.  It was then only partly set out, and he finished the planting; and he conducted it for four years.  Then he bought three acres of Valencia oranges on East Walnut Street, to which he added by purchase two acres adjoining and later ten acres more, making him owner of fifteen acres in a body.  The ten acres he has planted to Valencia oranges, and the five to lemons.  He uses an International tractor in the operation of the two farms, and otherwise employs up-to-date machinery and methods.  He belongs to the Central Lemon Association, and is an equally live wire in the Santiago Orange Growers Association.

At Orange, on June 14, 1916, Mr. Eltiste was married to Miss Bertha Schmetgen, a native of Orange and the daughter of George Schmetgen, the local orange grower now retired.  Two children have blessed the union, Clarence and Evelyn; and with their parents they attend the Lutheran Church.  Mr. Eltiste is a member of the Lutheran Men's Club.  In national politics, he is a Republican, but locally is independent and is always interested in promoting the highest American civic ideals.





1st Wife - Bertha Meta (Schmetgen) Eltiste

Born - Thursday, December 29, 1892

 Orange, Orange County, California

Died - Wednesday, April 19, 1972

Anaheim, Orange County, California

Buried - Friday, April 21, 1972

Fairhaven Lutheran Cemetery, Orange County,  California

Father - Jürgen Schmetgen

Born - May 4,1851 - Deinste, Proving Hanover, Germany
Died -  February 15, 1937 -Orange, California

Mother - Rebecka (Schmedtjen) Schmetgen

Born -October 28,1850 - Deinste, Proving Hanover, Germany
Died - January 13,  1933 -Orange, California


2nd Wife - Lois (Kelley) Ensign Eltiste

Born -  January  27, 1902 - California

Married - January 9, 1973

 Died - June 29, 1980 - Ventura, California

Father - Kelley

Mother - King



Veteran World War IISon - Clarence George Eltiste

Born - September 28, 1917


Daughter - Evelyn Bertha (Eltiste) Clark

Born -November 25, 1919



Brother - August Dan Eltiste

Born - December 18,1894


 Veteran - World War IBrother - Johann Fredrick Eltiste

Born - April 11, 1897


Sister - Anna Barbara (Eltiste) Muench

Born - September 22, 1899


Brother - Paul Michael Eltiste

Born - November 27, 1902

Died - November 30, 1902


Sister - Emma (Eltiste) White

Born - July 24, 1906


Brother - Carl John Eltiste

Born - February 5, 1911



Father - Michael Eltiste

Mother - Kunigunde (Beyerlein) Eltiste


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