Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Friday, March 10, 2006 at 06:18:34 :
Monday, April 20, 1959
H. B. GRANLEE DIES; PROMINENT MARIN REALTOR
Harry Bertam Granlee, prominent in real estate affairs in Marin County for nearly two decades, died last evening at his home at 14 Bryn Mawr drive, San Rafael,
after four months' illness of a heart condition. He was 70 years old.
Death had been expected, said his widow, Mrs. Matie D. Blackburn Granlee.
Granlee was a past president, vice president and director of the Marin County Real Estate Board and a former director of the California Real Estate Assn.
He figured in the news last year when he filed an affidavit charging then County Assessor George W. Hall with allowing about a million dollars of escaped taxation by failure to tax possessory interest (interest by firms and individuals in public lands held under lease). Hall subsequently threatened suit over the charge.
Granlee was an unsuccessful candidate in the November,1957, election of the Marin County Board of Freeholders, his only try for public office.
Prior to coming to Marin County, Granlee had a career which included five years with the U.S. Railroad Administration during and following World War I, in charge of investigation of New York Central, Union Pacific and Southern Pacific lines, and five years as business manager, director and secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles Daily News.
He was born in Richmond, Mo., and spent his early manhood in Tulsa, Okla., where he was a ticket seller, then a clerk and auditor for the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad (the Frisco road) and
the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroad.
After his service with the Railroad Administration in Washington, he moved to Los Angeles, wheRe he was a certified public accountant with Haskins and Sells and with Price, Waterhouse and Co. Then he served with the Los Angeles Daily News before moving to San Francisco and entering the real estate business.
Granlee was a member of San Rafael Lodge 1108, B.P.O. Elks, Jennings (Okla.) Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons; the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce and Marin County Real Estate Board.
On moving to Marin, the Granlees lived first in Santa Venetia, then moved to the home on Bryn Mawr drive.
Their only son, Harry B. Granlee Jr., was killed on Saipan in World War II, where he was a sergeant commandinga tank with the 3rd Armored Division.
Besides his widow, Granlee leaves two sisters and four brothers; Mrs. Mercedes Cawthon of Oxnard, Ventura County; Mrs. S. W. Drumheller of Wilmington, Del.; Fred K. Granlee of Chickasha, Okla.; Wesley J. Granlee of Los Angeles; Gene J. Granlee of Honolulu and Paul B. Granlee of Novato.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Keaton's Mortuary in San Rafael, under auspices of Fairfax Lodge 556, Free and Accepted Masons. Inurnment will be at Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery.
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