Solano County

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Frank A. Butterfield enjoys distinctive prestige among the fruit growers and packers of central California, for he has demonstrated extraordinary skill in the handling and packing of fresh and dried fruits and has for many years held responsible positions among the leading packing companies. He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on the 22d of July, 1876, and secured his education in the public schools. He then went to work in a grocery store at Milford, Michigan, where he remained until 1903, when he came to California. Coming at once to Suisun, he secured work on the Haile ranch and afterward was employed in Connolly's livery stable. Later he went to the Napa valley, where he obtained employment in the bottling department of the Samuel mineral springs, owned by John Morris.

Returning subsequently to Suisun, Mr. Butterfield entered the dried fruit industry, securing work as a general roustabout and weigher in the Alden-Anderson Fruit Company's plant. Later he was put in charge of the facing room and four years after beginning work was made foreman of the plant. Mr. Butterfield next became foreman for The J. K. Armsby Fruit Company, with which he remained for about four years, and then, when the Armsby Company and the California Packing Corporation were consolidated, he was appointed superintendent which position he still holds. This is known as their packing plant No. 60, located at Fairfield, and packs an average of from five thousand to six thousand tons of dried fruit annually, comprising mainly peaches, prunes, pears, apricots and plums. During the busy season about seventy-five men and fifty women are given employment here, and it is one of the best equipped and best managed of all the company's packing plants. Mr. Butterfield has devoted very serious and thoughtful study to the handling of fruit and is considered one of the best informed men in the business. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Daughters of Rebekah, holding membership in the lodges in Suisun. Mr. Butterfield was married to a Miss King, and to this union was born a daughter, Helen, who is a student in the Armijo union high school. His career has been a busy and useful one, for he has endeavored to do well whatever he has undertaken, and because of his thoroughness and painstaking care he has been honored with the confidence of his employers and the respect and esteem of all who have been associated with him.

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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