Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


For centuries the Swiss people have been noted for their dairy products, and Swiss cheese is regarded as a luxury the world over. In 1878 John Foletta left his native Switzerland and came to California. Before emigrating he had been married to Miss Savina Dotta, who came with him to aid in building up the new home in America. They first settled in Santa Cruz county, where John worked on ranches, saving his money until an opportunity presented itself for him to go into the dairy business on his own account. In 1902 he rented a large farm near Gonzales and in a few years became one of the largest milk producers in that locality. In 1898 he purchased two hundred acres of the Gonzales estate and built it up by dairying, keeping a herd of two hundred or more cows. Sixteen years later (1914) he bought two hundred acres near Coburn, where he erected a barn sixty-four by two hundred and fourteen feet, one of the largest in the county, and put the greater part of the land under irrigation. The next year he sold his property in Gonzales.

Edwin J. Foletta, a son of this pioneer dairyman, attended the common schools in his boyhood and assisted his father about the dairy. In. this way he learned the business thoroughly and after the Coburn dairy was established he became associated with his father in its management. When the latter retired he turned the property over to his son, who now has full control. He milks one hundred and ten cows and takes pains to keep his dairy up to the highest standards, both as to quality of milk and sanitary conditions.

In 1921 Mr. Foletta was united in marriage to Miss Florence Philipini, and they have a daughter, named Elinor. As a dairyman, Mr. Foletta is regarded as one of the best in the county, and as a citizen he always tries to discharge his duties to the commonwealth. He belongs to the Foresters of America and the Woodmen of the World.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.