PETER J. SPALETTA.
Of all the emigrants who reach the United. States from the countries of Europe, none show a greater aptitude in
adapting themselves to our peculiar institutions than those who come from Switzerland. Among those from that little
rock ribbed country who have achieved a distinctive success in this country specific mention should be made of
Peter J. Spaletta, the able and popular manager of the Kings County Creamery Association in Lemoore. He was born
in Switzerland, on the 11th day of February, 1890, and in childhood was brought to the United States, the family
locating in Arcata, Humboldt county, California. He had finished the grammar school in his native land and later
attended the schools at Arcata in order to learn the English language. Being ambitious to equip himself for a business
career, he then entered the Eureka Business College, at Eureka, California, from which he was graduated in 1911.
He also took a course in a correspondence school of Chicago, and was graduated in 1921, with a diploma in the higher
actuating department. Going to San Francisco in 1911, Mr. Spaletta obtained employment as a clerk in the Bank of
Italy, but soon discovered that he did not like the banking business, so he secured clerical work with the Golden
State Creamery Company in San Francisco. He remained with that company until 1913, when he was transferred to Lemoore
as a clerk in the Golden State Creamery here and after three years was in charge of the office until September,
1923, when he accepted a position in the same capacity with the Kings County Creamery Association in Lemoore, and
on January 20, 1924, he was made manager of the company's business. Before he took charge the business had dwindled
and was in bad shape, but under his management it has constantly and steadily grown until today it is enjoying
a healthy volume of business. In order to accomplish this result Mr. Spaletta sold stock to the amount of ten thousand
dollars, with which to extend the operations of the company. Their products are known as Liberty butter and Challenge
butter, of which the average daily production is four thousand, five hundred pounds, and ninety per cent of this
amount is sent to the Los Angeles markets. Thirty two people are employed in the plant and three hundred and fifty
milk producers furnish the required cream. The present officers of the Kings County Creamery Association are: President,
J. R. Silva; vice president, M. A. Serpa; secretary, J. R. Vieira; directors, M. F. Paolo, M. R. Mendes, J. G.
Arlia and G. V. Mello.
Mr. Spaletta is a member of the Challenge Creamery Butter Association of Los Angeles, and an active member of the
Chamber of Commerce in Lemoore, having been captain of one of the teams which solicited funds for the Chamber.
He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Mr. Spaletta was married to Miss Minnie Rafael of Sebastopol, Sonoma county, California, and they have a son -
Eugene, aged nine years. Mr. Spaletta is an energetic, forceful and progressive man, whom to know is to admire.
Owing to his many excellent qualities he enjoys the confidence and regard 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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