DRIFTWOOD PARTNERSHIP WITH LA AREA FOODBANKs
Around the turn of the century, the elder Dolan, a young merchant mariner from County Leitrim, Ireland, had jumped ship in Boston in search of a better life and doggedly worked his way across America to California. While employed in the laundry room of a hospital in Los Angeles, he met his future wife and started a family. Eventually he decided to use the experience he had with cattle on his father's farm in Ireland and bought a few cows in 1918, the year Mike was born, and began his own dairy.
He produced and distributed milk throughout Los Angeles for several years and in 1928 decided to move the growing operation to north El Monte. But in the late 1930s a milk price war broke out, and in 1942 he sold the business.
Still growing, Driftwood Dairy recently modernized its plant and laboratory, thus continuing to service the ever-expanding Southern California market.
Almost 75 years have passed since young Mike started with Driftwood Dairy. He has turned a dream into a major corporation that has helped shape the progressive history of El Monte.