Simon Koppes holds a prominent place in the business circles of Montague, being the general manager, secretary and treasurer of the Montague Creamery, one of the leading concerns of its kind in this section of the country. Mr. Koppes was born in Holland in 1873 and was reared and educated there. He learned the dairy and creamery business, and in 1892, when nineteen years of age, came to the United States. He located first in Mississippi, where he took charge of a dairy for five years.
In 1897 he came to California, settling in Fresno, where he was employed in dairy and creamery work and was also connected with the San Joaquin Ice Company. At the end of five years, Mr. Koppes went to Ceres, this state, where he worked in a creamery, as he did also in various other places until 1912, when he came to Montague and assisted in the organization of the Montague Creamery, of which he has since been general manager, secretary and treasurer. The president of the creamery is George Haight, a prominent and successful stockman of the Little Shasta valley. The capacity of the Montague Creamery is three thousand pounds a day, though at this time the output is somewhat below that figure. Mr. Koppes is the owner of three hundred and twenty acres of land near Montague, which he is developing into a dairy farm. One hundred acres of the land is under irrigation, eighty acres of it being now in alfalfa, and the remainder of the tract is dry land. Mr. Koppes has been a hard-working man, has been sincere and earnest in everything he has undertaken and the success which is now his is well merited. He is in the best sense of the term a self-made man and as such he is uniformly respected throughout the community in which he lives.
In 1929 Mr. Koppes served as vice president of the California Creamery Operatives Association and in 1930 as a member of the executive committee of said association.
Transcribed by Marie Hassard 02 June 2010.
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