JAMES L. VENN.
Among the wideawake and progressive business men of the city of Porterville the name of James L. Venn, manager
of the Porterville branch plant of the W. R. Spalding Lumber Company and one of the most experienced lumbermen
in this section of the state, has come to occupy an important position, for during the nearly twenty years of his
residence in that city he has created a very definite place for himself in the general commercial and industrial
life of the community, one of the helpful men of affairs who has done so much to advance the material interests
of this community during the past two decades. Mr. Venn is a Kentuckian by birth and rearing and had his initial
business training in the city of Cincinnati but has been a resident of California and of Porterville since the
days of his young manhood and has thus been a helpful factor in development work here during what might properly
be regarded as the "modern" period of this wondrous development.
James L. Venn was born May 19, 1884, in Ludlow, a pleasant suburb of the city of Covington, Kenton county, Kentucky,
across the river from Cincinnati, where he was reared and received his education, going on through the high school.
When sixteen years of age he began work on his first formal "job", that of a presser in a Cincinnati
hat factory, and not long afterward became a clerk in the Cincinnati office of the Washburn-Crosby Company, manufacturers
and distributors of flour, and there remained until 1907, when at the age of twenty three he came to California
and became a resident of Porterville. Upon his arrival in Porterville, Mr. Venn became connected with the operations
of the Porterville Lumber Company, founded and at that time operated by H. F. Brey, and for something more than
ten years was thus connected, during that time becoming thoroughly familiar with the details of the lumber business
as related to the fine trade area centering in Porterville. In 1918 he became the assistant manager of the Citrus
City Lumber Company of Porterville, now carrying on its operations as the W. R. Spalding Lumber Company, and in
September, 1924, was promoted to the responsible position of manager of the Porterville branch of that company's
extensive holdings in the lumber trade. It thus will be observed that by years of experience Mr. Venn is a thoroughly
qualified lumberman and since assuming the duties of manager of the business of the Spalding company in Porterville
has done much to advance the local interests of that concern.
On May 4, 1911, in Porterville, James L Venn was united in marriage to Miss Minnie Rheinbold, who was born in Reese,
Michigan, and he and his wife have a pleasant home in Porterville. In addition to his lumber interests Mr. Venn
gives a good citizen's attention to general civic affairs and is known as one of the most effective of the progressive
town "boosters" of Porterville. He is the secretary of the Arboleda Company and is also secretary of
the Home of Peace Cemetery Company. He is an active member of the locally influential Lions Club of Porterville
and is a member of the Masonic order, affiliated with Unity Lodge, F. & A. M., of Ludlow, Kentucky, his old
home town. He is also a member of Porterville Lodge No. 1342, B. P. O. E.
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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