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The possession of decided business ability is indicated b\' the gratifying degree of success that has rewarded the painstaking efforts of Mr. Latourrette, one of the progressive and prominent business men of Sacramento. From his earliest recollections he has been familiar with this county. Educated in its schools, trained to a knowledge of its conditions, familiar with its possibilities and conversant with its history, he was prepared to enter into its business activities with every hope of success offered by painstaking industry and forceful determination. During young manhood he embarked in business for himself, and his subsequent career has been one of slow but steady advancement in the specialty selected for his life-work. The business established by his energy and pushed forward by his progressive spirit is now incorporated, with himself as secretary, treasurer and the principal owner, while W. D. Scoville fills the office of president and Dr. John L. White serves as vice-president.

Brought to the west during his infancy, John Latourrette is a native of Dayton, Ohio, and was born February 18, 1876, being a son of Paredes and Eliza (Smith) Latourrette, natives respectively of Ohio and Pennsylvania. The father was a tinner by trade, and during early life, while following that occupation, he offered his services to the Union as a soldier, was accepted, sent to the front, assigned to the army of the west with an Ohio regiment under General Grant and for three years remained in active service, eventually receiving an honorable discharge at the expiration of his term of enlistment. During 1876 he brought his family to California and settled at Gait, Sacramento county, where he opened a tin-shop and later developed the business into that of general hardware. During 1890 he was bereaved by the death of his wife, and of recent years he has made his home with his son, John, in Sacramento.

Upon the completion of the regular course of study in the county public schools and a business college of Sacramento, John Latourrette began to learn the trade of a tinner under his father. At the same time he gained a general knowledge of the hardware business and also studied the management of heating apparatus as well as the putting in of plumbing. At the age of eighteen he was able to secure a position with Hallbrock, Merrill & Stetson, and for four years he continued with that firm. Desiring to embark in business for him- self, he resigned his position and rented a shop in Oak Park, where he engaged in sheet-metal work, also in plumbing and heating. For six years he carried on the store alone, after which he was the senior member of the firm of Latourrette & Fical, continuing in that connection until July 18, 1910, when the business was incorporated with the present officers. The house is now one of the largest of its kind in Northern California, and enjoys an enviable reputation for thoroughness of work and honesty in business transactions. Among the recent plumbing and heating contracts awarded the firm may be mentioned those for Hotel Sacramento, the White and Donnelly building. Forum building, Sacramento county courthouse, California National Bank and People's Savings Bank, as well as contracts for various substantial residences in Sacramento and Northern California. In polities Mr. Latourrette always has sustained Republican principles by his ballot. In fraternal relations he holds membership with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Improved Order of Red Men, Eagles, Woodmen and Fraternal Union. On February 24, 1897, he was united in marriage with Miss Etta Larned, whose father settled at Placerville during the early mining era and became a man of prominence among the pioneers of the locality. Two daughters, Jessie and Leona, comprise the family of Mr. and Mrs. Latourrette. 

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