Dan Foley, president of the Maid of California Milk Company of Vallejo, a member of the board of directors of the
California Dairy Council and one of the foremost figures in the great dairy industry in this state, for years one
of the leaders in that line in Solano county, was born at Vallejo and his interests ever have centered in this
community. He was born on September 22, 1885, and is a son of John and Joanna (Denehey) Foley, both of whom were
natives of Ireland. John Foley, who in his generation was one of the substantial ranchmen and landowners in Solano
county and widely known throughout this region, came to California in 1870 and presently became a resident of this
county. He was married at Vallejo and established his home on a farm in the immediate vicinity, where he developed
a good piece of property and where he spent the remainder of his life, his death occurring there in 1908. His widow
survived him for twelve or thirteen years, her death occurring in 1921.
Reared on the home farm in the neighborhood of Vallejo, Dan Foley had his local schooling in the public schools
and supplemented this by a course in a business college. He remained on the farm until he had attained his majority,
when he went to San Francisco and was there employed for three years or until the death of his father in 1908 when
he returned home and as the eldest son of the family took charge of the operations of the home place, he and his
brothers presently giving their chief attention to a development of the already considerable dairy operations that
long had been carried on there. In 1911, under the name of Foley Bros., they extended these operations to include
a general local distribution of milk and other dairy products and as the years passed built up a fine business
along that line. In 1911 they merged their interests with those of two other local dairy concerns, the new enterprise
carrying on operations as the Golden State Dairy Company, which gave particular attention to the manufacture of
a special grade of butter which was marketed under the name of "Maid of California."
The success of this company, based upon the superior quality of its product, was assured from the start and in
time the popularity of the "Maid of California" butter became so widely recognized throughout the fine
trade area covered by the operations of this company that the firm name was changed to that of the Maid of California
Milk Company and the company has since been operating under that name. In this reorganization in 1923 Mr. Foley
was reelected president of the company and is thus continuing to serve in that important executive capacity. The
great dairy plant of this company at Vallejo is conceded to be one of the best and most up to date establishments
for the manufacture of butter in the state of California, all modern machinery having been installed and all processes
carried on with a scrupulous regard for sanitary regulations, spotless cleanliness being the rule about the plant.
Thirty five or forty persons are employed in the operations of the company and no fewer than nine trucks are required
in the distribution of the products of the plant, which also specializes in the distribution of its celebrated
"Maid of California" cottage cream, a product that is in high demand in discriminating circles.
In 1921, at Stockton, California, Dan Foley was united in marriage to Miss Florence Rude, who was born in the state
of Washington, and they have one child, a son, Dan Foley, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Foley are republicans and take a proper
part in the general civic affairs of the community. Mr. Foley has always been an active participant in the upbuilding
process of the county in which he was born, a "booster" in every sense of the term, and is one of the
alert members of the locally influential Vallejo Rotary Club. He also is an active member of the local lodge of
the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. As noted above, he is one of the outstanding figures in the dairy industry
in this state and as a director of the California Dairy Council has done much to promote that industry and to bring
it up to its present gratifying status as one of the basic industries of the state.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Solano County, CA
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