R. H. CHAUNCEY.
The commercial history of Kings county would be incomplete were there failure to make specific mention of those
who have by their industry and enterprising business methods contributed to the prosperity of this section of the
state. Among this number is R. H. Chauncey, who has made a splendid record as manager of the Los Angeles Creamery
Company at Hanford. Mr. Chauncey was born in Olney, Illinois, on the 28th of December, 1891, and in the public
schools of that locality acquired his early education. On completing his public school course he entered Purdue
University at Lafayette, Indiana, where he took the regular course in dairying, with the production end especially
in view, supplementing this by a similar course in the University of Illinois All his labor since then has been
confined to the creamery business and he is generally recognized as an expert in his line. After completing his
technical studies, Mr. Chauncey entered the employ of the Olney Produce Company, at Olney, his work being confined
to the creamery department, and later he went to work on the dairy farm of R. Stocker, at Green Bay, Wisconsin.
During the World war Mr. Chauncey was in the military service for two years, of which eighteen months were spent
in France. He was trained at camps in Mississippi and Kentucky and was assigned to the infantry branch of the Twenty
eighth Division, and after his return to this country he was discharged at Rockford, Illinois. In 1919 Mr. Chauncey
came to California, going at once to Los Angeles, where he obtained employment in the butter department of the
Los Angeles Creamery Company. This company had also established a plant at Hanford and in 1921 Mr. Chauncey was
sent here to take charge of it. This is the oldest creamery in Kings county, having been established about twenty
five years ago, and has been operated by the Los Angeles company for nine years. Some seven hundred producers furnish
the cream for the plant, which turns out three thousand pounds of butter daily, the production being shipped entirely
to Los Angeles wholesale dealers.
Mr. Chauncey is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the American
Legion, all at Olney, Illinois, as well as the Kiwanis Club of Hanford. He was married to Miss Margaret Wolcott,
who was born and reared in Indianapolis, Indiana, and they have a son, Horrall. Earnest purpose and tireless energy,
combined with mature judgment and everyday common sense, have been among his most prominent characteristics and
he has merited the respect and esteem which are accorded him by all who know him.
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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