Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


John G. Dietrich, the genial proprietor of the Moss Rose Creamery, at 8 Alisal street, Salinas, is an expert in all matters pertaining to the line of business in which he is engaged. A native of Switzerland, he was born on May 21, 1877. According to the customs of that country, he helped his father in a cheese factory, and also peddled milk while he attended school. When only sixteen years of age he came out to America and made his way west to Oregon, where he worked with his brother-in-law in a creamery near Portland. This was in 1894, and life and business conditions were very primitive in that part of the country as compared to conditions today.

Removing to California, Mr. Dietrich then became associated with John Meyenberg, of Buena Park, Orange county, in building a condensed milk factory and for ten years was construction engineer for Mr. Meyenberg. He helped to erect the Meyenberg plant at Kent, Washington, and the plants at Forest Grove, Oregon, and at Hollister, San Benito county, California. His last work was with the Alpine Company, as construction engineer for the plant at Gonzales, Monterey county.

In November, 1900, Mr. Dietrich came to Salinas, and soon afterward bought the Moss Rose Creamery on East Alisal street, intent on giving it a new record. Since taking over the property, he has more than doubled the volume of business. Some twelve hundred pounds of Moss Rose buter are now churned daily, and eighty gallons of sweet cream are sent out every twenty-four hours from the plant, which is fully equipped with modern machinery. Since he assumed charge, he has installed an automatic filler and also a bottle-washer and has greatly promoted the business. In 1923 he erected another creamery at Los Robles, which makes both butter and ice cream and retails sweet cream and milk-a model establishment, which he also owns, and which is so popular that he largely supplies the trade from Santa Maria to King City. He has remodeled, besides, the plant of the Nestle's Food Company, at Minnville, Oregon, an interesting fact, because the Nestle's Food Company operates over sixty plants throughout the world.

Mr. Dietrich married Miss Lu Ehrlich, a native of Iowa and they have two sons: John G. and Robert E. Mr. Dietrich is a charter member of the Salinas Rotary Club, and is highly esteemed by his fellow members and by his fellow townsmen at large.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.