One of the leading industries of Calistoga is the Calistoga Creamery, which was established here in the spring
of 1920 by the present owner, Ross R. Reeder, who purchased the property at No. 231 Lincoln avenue and remodeled
it to suit the requirements of the new business. The products of the creamery found a ready sale from the beginning
and the volume of business increased to such an extent that it was found necessary to provide for enlarged facilities,
so in March, 1925, Mr. Reeder erected a fine, modern, reinforced concrete building, one hundred and eight by thirty
feet in size, thoroughly up to date in its equipment and absolutely sanitary in all respects, and the concern is
now prepared to meet promptly any demands that may be made upon it. The popular "Geyser" brand of ice
cream and butter is manufactured here, and both products have gained a wide reputation throughout this section
of the state. They are made under the personal supervision of Ross B. Reeder, who is a son of the proprietor and
is an experienced creamery man, having previously been employed in other good creameries. In the first summer after
the establishment of the plant twenty five gallons of ice cream were sold daily, while in 1925 the average daily
sale of ice cream amounted to one hundred gallons. Seventy five gallons of milk are also handled daily and an average
of nine hundred pounds of butter are produced weekly. None but the best of ingredients is used in any of the products,
the high quality of which has earned for them their present and rapidly increasing popularity.
Ross R. Reeder is a native of Louisa county, Iowa, and he was born on the 28th of May, 1859. His early years were
spent on his father's farm, and in the public schools of that neighborhood he received a good education. He then
learned the trades of carpenter and millwright, and he worked at various places in Iowa, Kansas, Colorado and Idaho.
In the '90s he was employed on the construction of many of the large buildings in Denver, where he resided for
thirteen years. Mr. Reeder then moved to Boulder, Colorado, where he remained for six years, at the end of which
time he came to California, of which state he has been a resident continuously since. He is a member of the Woodmen
of the World and the Napa County Grange.
In 1892 Mr. Reeder was married to Miss Anna Bemrod, a native of Lorraine, France, and to them have been born four
children, namely: Ross B., who is his father's assistant in the operation of the creamery; John C., who is employed
as a chemical engineer with the Union Oil Company at Long Beach, California; Bertha M., who is a teacher in the
high school at Lompoc, California; and Lorraine, who is a student in the public schools of Calistoga.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Napa County, CA
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