It was a piece of very good fortune that M. Caton, of Atwater, was able to get such a capable and efficient manager as David Casaretto for his meat market in the Martha Washington Stores, Inc. at Atwater. Having a most thorough knowledge of the butchering, meat-packing and curing industry gained by long years of experience, he is able to handle the customers in such a way as to make the best of friends of every one with whom he has dealings and has proved a most valuable help to his employer. He was born in Indian Gulch, Mariposa County on June 24, 1856, the second of four children. His father, Giuseppe Casaretto, is mentioned in another place in this book. He attended the Merced Falls school and was reared at Indian Gulch. He began the wool-growing business in company with his brothers and continued in it until 1884 when he took up the butcher trade, which he followed in Arizona and Colorado as a journeyman for forty years. Six years ago he came to Atwater and became manager of the Sanitary Meat Market, where he remained until 1924. About January 1, 1925, he assumed his present position. He owns his residence in Atwater. He does not tie to any political party but votes for the best men and measures at all elections.

   Mr. Casaretto was married in Colorado Springs, Colo, in 1888, to Miss Ella McElroy, a native of Missouri, who came to California with her parents. There are four children of the union, viz.: Verne W., of Atwater; Ruth, wife of Charles Wirow, in San Diego County; Hazel, wife of Arthur Davis of Los Angeles; and Herbert, who died at one year of age.  There are also six grandchildren.

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History of Merced County, California: with a biographical review 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. By John Outcalt
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1925)

Contributed by: Carol Lackey