Solano County

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Ray E. Brooks, owner of the Suisun creamery, was born in Boone, Iowa, on the 21st day of July, 1886, and is the son of Max L. and Rosetta (DeFore) Brooks. The family first came to California in 1905 and in 1912 the father located at Modesto, where he engaged in the real estate business for a number of years. He is now living at Bellflower, California, where he is employed in the water works department. His wife died in 1918. Ray E. Brooks received his elementary education in the public schools, graduating from the high school, and he then entered the Iowa State Agricultural College, at Ames, where he was graduated in 1899. During the ensuing years he was employed in various creameries in his native state, managing several of them, and in 1905 he came to California as manager of the creamery at Point Reyes.

In 1923 Mr. Brooks came to Suisun and bought the business of which he is now the owner and under his able and careful management the business has prospered and grown until now it is one of the most successful and best conducted creameries in this section of the state. Mr. Brooks employs nine people in the handling of the milk, which he buys from local dairymen, shipping much of their product to San Francisco and also supplying a large local demand. He makes the "Solano" brand of butter, which has gained a large and well-deserved popularity. The business has grown to such an extent that Mr. Brooks is now planning for the erection of a new creamery building, which is to be absolutely sanitary in every respect and equipped with a large and up to date refrigerating plant. Mr. Brooks has worked hard and persistently in his chosen calling and the years of labor have been but a preparation for the fine work which he is now doing.

Mr. Brooks married Miss Agnes Marie Nowe, of Tacoma, Washington, and they have a son, Max Rolland Brooks, who is now a student in the Suisun high school. Mr. Brooks gives his support to the republican party and is deeply interested in public affairs, especially those relating to the welfare and prosperity of his own community. He is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, the Royal Arcanum, the Knights of Pythias, the Lions Club and the Community Club.

History of Solano County, California By Marguerite Hunt and Napa County, California By Harry Lawrence Gunn. From Their Earliest Settlement To The Present Time. Chicago. S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. 1926. 883 pages.

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