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The manufacture of ice cream and butter is conducted now along scientific lines, and there is no man in the business in Northern California who is more progressive or more determined to do the very best in his field of labor that can be done than Clarence M. Griffeth, whose establishment, built up from a small beginning, is located at .No. 2008 N street, Sacramento.

Born in Sacramento July 13, 1884, Mr. Griffeth was educated in the public school and at a modern business college, and then for ten years was employed by his father, M. B. Griffeth, in the latter 's grocery at Seventeenth and M streets. Early in 1910, with his father and mother, he began his present enterprise in a 10x12 room at the rear of his father's store, with no machinery but an ordinary crank freezer which he operated by hand. In three months he had a commercial freezer and a motor, and in April, 1911, moved to his present commodious quarters, where he has the most up-to-date plant of its kind in the city, making and selling on an average four hundred and fifty gallons of ice cream daily.

In October, 1911, Mr. Griffeth began the manufacture of creamery butter. In order to excel in this branch of his enterprise he took a special course in butter-making at the California state dairy farm at Davisville, which included special instruction in the handling of cream. He is now contemplating the enlargement of his place of busi- ness and the introduction of very material improvements, in order to meet the steadily increasing demand for his ice cream and butter. Although he gives the greater part of his time to the manufacturing business, he is also interested in his father's grocery business.

September 17, 1905, Mr. Griffeth married Miss Mabel Lyman of Sacramento. He is a member of the Native Sons of the Golden West. As a business man he is public-spirited and progressive, having at heart the best interests of the community.

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011