JESSE D. ALTHOUSE.
"No job too large and none too small." This is the slogan under which Jesse D. Althouse, practical pump
fitter and proprietor of a well equipped machine shop in Porterville, carries on his business and in the pursuit
of his vocation he has come to be one of the best known men in this section of the state, for his operations, particularly
in the line of irrigation projects, have carried him far and wide throughout the valley. Mr. Althouse not only
has installed pumping plants on many of the most important ranches in the valley but has taken over numerous more
extensive operations, these latter including his installation of the booster pump for the Alta Vista Water Company.
During the past few years he has worked in more than sixty wells in this region and his expert labors in that connection
include everything in the way of installation but digging the well. In connection with his operations he maintains
in Porterville one of the best equipped general machine shops in this part of the state and he also carries the
local agency for the Byron Jackson Pump Manufacturing Company of Berkeley, his machine shop and pump works being
located at No. 302 Second street, Porterville.
Jesse D. Althouse is a native of the state of Nebraska, born in the vicinity of the city of Omaha, on April 17,
1894, but was reared in California, acquiring his education in the schools of the city of San Francisco and of
Los Angeles. He early became interested in mechanical processes and made a careful study under practical conditions
of general mechanical engineering, with particular reference to foundry work and machine designing. As a young
man Mr. Althouse was attracted to Tulare county by reason of its promising possibilities in the way of horticulture
and for a time after coming here he followed ranching, but he soon gave that up and established himself, in 1912,
as a general machinist in Porterville, opening there a machine shop which has been developed into his present extensive
establishment. The development of his business in the pump line was a gradual one, growing out of his operations
in the machine shop, and this latter phase of his industry has come to be the dominant one, for by his practical
experience and the expertness of his methods he has become a leader in that line throughout this section, and calls
for his services come from far and near.
In 1917 Jesse D. Althouse was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Owens of Porterville and they have two children:
A son, Wilbur G. Althouse; and a daughter, Fern E. Mrs. Althouse was born in Porterville and is a daughter of J.
J. Owens, a well known resident of that city.
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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