H. S. BRIETIGAM.
One of the most important and successful farmers organizations in Kings county is the Farm Bureau Exchange, of
which H. S. Brietigam is the active manager, and to his sound judgment and energetic administration of its affairs
is due the splendid success which has characterized it. Mr. Brietigam was born in Lawrence, Dayton county, Kansas,
on the 13th day of July, 1886, and when six years of age was brought by his parents to California. He received
his education in the public schools of Los Angeles and upon taking up the active duties of life he began work as
a hotel clerk, being employed in hotels in Los Angeles and Stockton. For a time he operated a railroad hotel in
Lassen county, California, and the Concordia Hotel at Red Bluff. Going then to San Francisco, he joined the circulation
department of the Bulletin but soon afterward engaged in the laundry business in that city. In 1915 he came to
Kings county, locating in the Island district, northwest of Lemoore. Soon afterward he organized a cooperative
movement among the farmers of leased lands adjoining each other, comprising about two hundred and fifty acres,
and of this he was chosen manager. Later he organized the Milo Maize Growers, another cooperative association embracing
the farmers of the west side, in the Corcoran district of Kings county. For two years Mr. Brietigam was manager
of the feed and grain warehouse of the Deacon Lumber Company, at Lemoore. On January 1, 1923, he became manager
of the Kings County Farm Bureau Exchange, with headquarters in Hanford. This is a cooperative growing and selling
organization, embracing sixty grain growers, and Mr. Brietigam is now engaged in the marketing of their products.
In 1923 he disposed of forty thousand tons of grapes for the growers of this district. The officers of the Kings
County Farm Bureau Exchange are as follows: President, W. L. Hagg; vice president, J. W. Arthur; manager, H. S.
Brietigam; directors, H. L. Heffner, G. It. Jones, R. F. Schmizer, W. C. Watson, W. Weis, H. G. Stedde and L. W.
Mr. Brietigam is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and of Hanford Lodge No. 1259, Benevolent Protective
Order of Elks. He was married to Miss Edna Downie, of Salt Lake City, and they are the parents of a son, George.
Everything pertaining to the welfare of the community receives the earnest consideration of Mr. Brietigam, who
is public spirited and enterprising and withholds his support from no worthy movement. Genial and approachable,
he easily makes friends and holds the goodwill of the entire community.
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
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