R. L. NIEMANN
R. L. Niemann, manager of the Winters Dried Fruit Company, and a leading spirit in movements looking toward the development and progress of the Sacramento valley, has been a lifelong resident of the state. He was born in San Francisco, June 30, 1875, and attended the public schools of Oakland, afterward studying telegraphy in a business college. At the age of eighteen he became a telegraph operator for the Southern Pacific Railroad and a year later was made station agent at Guinda, in the Capay Valley of Yolo County. For nine years he held that position and then embarked in business at Guinda as a partner in the firm of Sitt, Dutton & Niemann, fruit packers and shippers. In 1912 he sold his interest in the organization and removed to Winters in order to give his children better school facilities. Here he purchased land, which he has since cultivated and improved, specializing in the growing of fruit, and has developed one of the finest ranches in the county. Owing to his experience, ability and business capacity he was chosen manager of the Winters Dried Fruit Company and has materially furthered its interests, amply justifying the confidence reposed in him. The association has fifty stockholders, composed of fruit growers in this district, and the plant has a capacity of four thousand tons of fruits and almonds. The organization has prospered under the efficient management of Mr. Niemann, who also has important financial interests, serving on the board of directors and as the secretary of the Winters National Bank, which has likewise benefited by his keen powers of discernment and his earnest cooperation.
Mr. Niemann was united in marriage to Miss Lulu Mae Drever, who was born in Santa Rosa, California, and their family numbers seven children: Robert Leland, owner and manager of Hotel Land, of Sacramento; Craig S.; Gertrude; Eunice, the wife of Vernon Herold; and Carmen, Lavina and Evelyn, who are at home.
In fraternal circles Mr. Niemann is well known through his identification with the Masonic order and Woodland Lodge, No. 1299, B. P. O. E. He is a past president of the Winters Exchange Club and also belongs to the Winters Golf Club. For some time he has been secretary of the board of trustees of the Winters high school and recently he tendered his resignation as mayor as he had moved out o the city limits. At all times he has worked for the best interests of the community, stimulating its advancement along many lines, and measures up to a high standard of manhood and citizenship.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
Source: Wooldridge, J. W. Major, History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 2 Pages 322-323. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.
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