El Dorado County








John A. Raffetto, who retired after thirty-five years of active service as a hotel proprietor in Placerville, still retains his interest in both the Ivy House and the Raffles Hotel but leaves the duties of management to his sons. He was born on a farm in El Dorado County, California, March 1, 1864, his parents being the late Dominico and Anna Raffetto. The father came to California by way of the Isthmus of Panama in 1859, and the mother joined him later. After mining for a time, Dominico Raffetto purchased land and began raising vegetables, also continuing mining to some extent. He remained on his farm until the later years of his life and spent his last days in the home of his son, John A., passing away at the advanced age of eighty-eight. His wife died when eighty-six years of age. They were among the most substantial of the early California pioneers, and were the parents of ten children.

John A. Raffetto attended the rural schools of El Dorado County, and at the same time helped at home and worked at odd jobs. After attaining the age of twenty years he spent two summers in the hay fields of Nevada and then for three years followed mining, working for wages. On February 4, 1895, he bought the Ivy House at Placerville, which he conducted with notable success until his retirement, for he spared neither trouble nor expense in meeting the wishes and promoting the comfort of his guests. The Ivy House, which contains fifty guest rooms and a capacious dining hall, was formerly Conklin Academy, one of the first boarding schools in the state. In 1908 Mr. Raffetto purchased the old Cary House at Placerville, demolished the structure in 1915 and erected on its site what is now known as the Raffles Hotel, which was opened for business in March, 1916, and has become the leading hostelry of El Dorado County. It is most modern in every respect, is a three-story structure containing fifty-four rooms, including fifteen with bath, and offers its patrons the service of an excellent coffee shop and fine dining room. L. A. Raffetto, son of John A. Raffetto, is lessee-operator of the Raffles Hotel, which caters to both the commercial and tourist trade. He and his brothers have relieved their father of the responsibilities of active management of both the Ivy House and the Raffles Hotel and have already become widely known as popular and successful hotel proprietors. John A. Raffetto is a director of the First National Bank of Placerville and ranks among the prominent, representative and respected citizens of the community.

In early manhood Mr. Raffetto was united in marriage to Miss Adela I. Creighton, also a native of California, and they became the parents of four children, as follows: Lloyd A., Elwyn C., John A., Jr., and Isadeen I. There are now two grandchildren. Mrs. Adela Raffetto passed away February 9, 1927, her loss bringing a sense of deep bereavement to her many friends as well as to the members of her immediate family.

In his political views Mr. Raffetto is a Democrat, while fraternally he is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He also has membership with the Native Sons of the Golden West, for he was born in the Golden State. His labors have been rewarded with a measure of prosperity that now enables him to spend the evening of life in honorable retirement.



Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 2 Pages 419-420. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.

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