WILLIAM H. GILBERT
The success achieved by William H. Gilbert, since identifying himself with the agricultural interests of Merced
County, furnishes another proof of the opportunities offered by this section of California to men of persevering
industry. Since 1907, Mr. Gilbert has been associated with various creameries in this section of California and
for the past three years has been manager of the Gustine Creamery. He is a native of England, born June 4, 1882,
a son of Henry Gilbert, also a native of England who owned and operated a hotel in that country.
William H. Gilbert attended public school in his native country and in 1894 went to Ontario, Canada, where he attended
the Kingston Dairy School; after finishing school he was identified with milk association work in Kingston, Canada,
for eleven years. When he came to California he settled. at Lathrop where, for a time, he was connected with the
Oakwood Stock Farm; he then removed to Ceres and for two years worked in the Ceres Creamery. In February, 1910,
he located in Gustine and for the following eleven years he worked for the Dairy Delivery Company as butter maker
and tester; two years of this time he was manager of the company. In 1921 he became manager of the Gustine Creamery,
which has an output of 1,500,000 pounds of butter in one year. This creamery sells to the San Francisco and Oakland
markets, and is also associated with the Challenge Cream & Butter Company of Los Angeles; they also supply
the local trade of Gustine, Newman and vicinity. There are thirty people employed in this creamery collecting milk
and cream from Stanislaus and Merced Counties.
Mr. Gilbert is associated with Dr. Stagner in a fifty acre peach and walnut orchard near Wheatland, Yuba County.
Fraternally, he is a member of Romero Lodge No. 413, I. O. O. F. in Gustine; he belongs to Leeds Lodge No. 201,
A. F. & A. M.; Leeds Chapter No. 132, R. A. M., both at Gananoque, Canada; is a charter member of Modesto Commandery
No. 57, K. T., and belongs to Aahmes Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S. in Oakland.
History of Merced County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by John Outcalt
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1925
Merced County, CA
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