Among Yuba City’s self-made men is numbered Claude Triplett, who began life in a humble capacity and has steadily risen through the medium of his own efforts until he is now at the head of a prosperous business, built up through untiring effort, intelligently directed.  He was born at Avola, Vernon County, Mo., August 16, 1885, and was reared on a farm, early becoming familiar with the work of plowing, planting and harvesting.  As a boy he worked as a farm hand in Vernon County, receiving a wage of sixteen dollars a month.  Later he went to Kansas City, Mo., where he became connected with the well-known packing firm of Armour & Company, and later with Swift & Company.  He also clerked in a grocery store in that city.  From three he made his way to California, arriving at Oakland in 1904.  He experienced considerable difficulty in finding work, but a month later obtained a position as clerk in a grocery store at a salary of four dollars per week.  He was next with the Tillman & Bendel Company, wholesale grocers of San Francisco, and afterward acted as delivery clerk for the Goldburg-Bowen Company and the firm of Cummings & Woodworth, both of Oakland.  Later he was Cottolene demonstrator for the N. K. Fairbanks Company, with headquarters in San Francisco, and subsequently filled a clerical position in the store of Lynn & O’Neil, in Sacramento.

            Mr. Triplett came to Marysville on September 13, 1914, and became clerk for the firm of Kelly & Brown, remaining with the until July 1, 1919.  The next six months were spent as automobile salesman for Arthur Gorwood; and on January 5, 1920, he embarked in the grocery business in Yuba City, opening a small store with a floor space of 1700 square feet.  His trade has grown rapidly; and he recently completed an addition to his store, which now affords him a floor space of 4000 square feet. He carries a large stock of the best quality groceries, fresh and salted meats, vegetables, fruits and feed, in his establishment, which is located at No. 106 Reeves Avenue.  Mr. Triplett is known as one of the most reliable and enterprising dealers in the city.

            In Oakland, Claude Triplett was married to Miss Norma Blankenship, a native of Brentwood, Cal.; and they now have two children, Robert C. and Jean Marie.  Mr. Triplett is well-known in local fraternal circles, belonging to Yuba Lodge No. 104, K. of P.; Yuba City Lodge No. 85, I.O.O.F.; and Enterprise Lodge No. 70, F.&A.M., Yuba City.  In the parlance of the day, he has “made good.”  He has a thorough understanding of the business in which he is engaged, has always found time to cooperate in movements seeking the improvement and upbuilding of his community, and is highly esteemed by all with whom business or social relations have brought him in contact.


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            A rancher whose success may be accepted as typical of that which the intelligent, industrious farmer is sure to attain in Northern California, is G. William Summy, who has a trim tract about three miles to the northeast of Meridian, near which town, on the old Summy rancho, he was born on April 6, 1873, the son of Leonidas and Sidnia J. (Wood) Summy, who are mentioned more fully in the sketch of Charles Summy, in this volume.

            Mr. Summy attended the Slough school and the Stockton Business College, and when twenty-four years of age started to farm for himself.  He rented a ranch of 240 acres near Meridian, devoted to grain-farming, taking a two-year lease of the place.  He then bought a ranch of 120 acres three miles to the northeast of Meridian, laid out for general farming.  This he later sold; and then he bought his present home ranch of eighty acres.  Besides his own land, he leases 265 acres, all in grain and alfalfa.

            At Yuba City, on December 2, 1896, Mr. Summy was married to Miss Carrie Stohlmann, who was born four and one-half miles east of Meridian, on the old Stohlmann ranch, the daughter of Henry and Minna Stohlmann, who are mentioned elsewhere in this history.  She, too, was trained at the Slough school.  Mr. and Mrs. Summy are the parents of four children:  Ruth, Mrs. Burtis, of Meridian; Virginia Fay, now Mrs. E. E. McPherrin; and Leonidas Verne and William Alexander.


History of Yuba and Sutter Counties, Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, 1924

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