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Petaluma Cooperative Creamery records, 1914-1974 (bulk, 1928-1974)
SPC.00026
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Title:

Petaluma Cooperative Creamery records, 1914-1974 (bulk, 1928-1974)

Abstract:

This collection contains business records of the Petaluma Cooperative Creamery, Petaluma, Calif., between 1914 and 1974.

Date:

1914 (issued)

Subject:

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Creameries -- California -- Petaluma
Business enterprises -- California -- Petaluma
Cream industry -- California -- Petaluma
Dairy products -- California -- Petaluma -- Cooperative marketing
Cooperative societies -- California -- Petaluma
Dairying -- California

Note:

Repository: Petaluma History Room, Sonoma County Library, Collection no. SPC.00026.
This collection is unprocessed. Please contact the Petaluma History Room for access; for contact info and current hours, see https://sonomalibrary.org/locations/petaluma-history-room
Access: No restrictions. Available for research during Petaluma History Room business hours (see https://sonomalibrary.org/locations/petaluma-history-room for current hours).
Finding aid available online via the Online Archive of California.
The Petaluma Cooperative Creamery was founded by 33 Petaluma area dairy farmers led by Silvio Gambinoni in 1913 to serve a booming San Francisco butter market. Meanwhile, Sonoma County dairy farmers needed a steady market for the milk and cream they produced. The new co-op built a plant at 619 Western Avenue, in Petaluma. In 1916, the Petaluma Cooperative Creamery began distributing Clover-brand dairy products in the Petaluma area. Soon, Clover products began showing up all over the North Bay. In 1929, the Creamery began bottling milk under the Clover brand, later adding cottage cheese to the brand line and in 1969, adopting Clo the Cow as the Clover mascot. In 1974, the Creamery changed its name to California Cooperative Creamery. A year later, a massive fire destroyed the milk processing and bottling operations, and the cooler; the co-op decided not to immediately rebuild the facility and Gene Benedetti, along with a group of employees, purchased the wholesale operation business from Cal Co-op and Stornetta’s Dairy in Sonoma in August of 1977, forming Clover Stornetta Farms, Inc. The Creamery continued operations as California Gold, producing cheese and butter and processing milk. The plant was closed again in 2004 after being absorbed by Dairy Farmers of America, but Larry Peters, owner of Spring Hill Dairy, purchased the creamery, renamed it the Petaluma Creamery, and added new product lines and a retail operation. (Tesconi, Tim. Petaluma Creamery turns 100 and still keeps churning, Sonoma County Farm Bureau News, Sept. 1, 2013; Espinosa, Dyan. Still churning after all these years, Argus-Courier, Sept. 18, 2013; Clover Heritage, Clover website, retrieved July 10, 2019, https://cloversonoma.com/our-promise/heritage/)
Materials in English.
Gift: donor unknown
[Identification of item], Petaluma Cooperative Creamery records, 1914-1974 (bulk, 1928-1974). SPC.00026, Petaluma History Room, Sonoma County Library, Petaluma, CA.
Collection does not circulate and may be photocopied or photographed by arrangement only.

Type:

Business records.
Ledgers (account books).
Archival materials

Physical Description:

1

Language:

English

Identifier:

https://oac.cdlib.org/search?query=SPC.00026
SPC.00026

Origin:

No place, unknown, or undetermined

Copyright Note:

This collection is unprocessed. Please contact the Petaluma History Room for access; for contact info and current hours, see
Access: No restrictions. Available for research during Petaluma History Room business hours (see https://sonomalibrary.org/locations/petaluma-history-room for current hours).
Collection does not circulate and may be photocopied or photographed by arrangement only.

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