Although one of the more recently established business enterprises of Campbell, the Orchard City Garage has already secured a large share of the public patronage, owing to the enterprising methods and capable management of its owner, Ira H. Grim. A native of West Virginia, he was born March 10, 1887, and in the public schools of that state he acquired his education.

While in Columbus, Ohio, in 1908, he enlisted in the U. S. Army and spent three years in the Coast Artillery. Coming to California he was stationed first on San Francisco Bay and then on the Mexican border and at the expiration of his enlistment he was honorably discharged from service as a corporal. Liking the Pacific Coast region he decided to cast in his lot with Californians, and engaged in the automobile business at Los Banos. He went from there to San Francisco, being for three years in the employ of the Pacific Gas & Electric Company, and while residing in that city he was also connected with the Ford Motor Company.

In 1914 he went to Rhode Island in the interests of the American Automobile Protective Association and during the World War was a government employe. In 1918 he arrived in Campbell, becoming connected with the automobile industry, in which he has since continued actively. He established the Orchard City Garage which was located on Dillon Avenue, until the new garage on Campbell Avenue was completed for him and here he carries a full line of automobile parts, accessories, and is equipped to do all kinds of repairing, employing three men to aid him in his operations. He is an expert mechanic and owing to the first-class work turned out of his garage it has found favor with automobile owners, his business having already assumed large proportions. Enterprising and progressive, he is a member of the Campbell Improvement Club, the San Jose Chamber of Commerce, California Auto Trades Association, Orchard City Garage, and a charter member of the San Jose Commercial Club.

In Oakland Mr. Grim married Miss Mary Downey, a native of England, and they now have three children: Robert, Arnold and Betty. He supports the platform and candidates of the Republican party and in public affairs has always taken a deep and helpful interest. He is a capable and enterprising young business man who is contributing to the commercial development of his community.

Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,  published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1126


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