Jennie Wriston

Throughout Galt history, there have been numerous women who stood out from the crowd. One of those is Jennie Wriston. Born Jennie Ferguson in Chicago, Illinois in 1848, she was educated in the Scammon School in Chicago before arriving in San Francisco in 1870. It was there that she met Samuel Wriston. They moved to Galt in the same year, and the two of them began raising cattle on 422 acres. The Wristons also owned a butcher shop and meat delivery business in Galt. Their house was relocated from the banks of Dry Creek into town. Rumor has it the lumber for the house came from “around the Horn.” Jennie was heavily involved in the Rei Rebekah Lodge #132, becoming its first Grand Noble and first District Deputy. The above photo shows Jennie Wriston during a break from grape packing in Acampo in 1920. She was 72 years old at the time.