John Augustus Raffetto Jr.

John Augustus Raffetto Jr. also known as John A. Raffetto and John Raffetto, (1908-1977), was an American entrepreneur and banker who owned the Ivy House Hotel of Placerville, California and co-founded the Placer National Bank of Rocklin, California.[1][2]

John Raffetto
John Augustus Raffetto Jr.

December 27, 1897
DiedMay 21, 1977(1977-05-21) (aged 68)
Other namesJohn A. Raffetto, John Augustus Raffetto
Alma materUniversity of California at Berkeley
OccupationHotel owner, bank founder
Years active1920s-1970s
EmployerIvy House Hotel, Placer National Bank
Known forco-founding Placer National Bank
Spouse(s)Ellen Williamson
Children2 sons
Parent(s)John Augustus Raffetto, Adela Isadeen Creighton
RelativesLloyd Raffetto (brother), Michael Raffetto (brother), Alexander Howison Murray Jr. (brother-in-law)


John Augustus Raffetto Jr. was born on September 1, 1908, in Placerville, California. His parents were John Augustus Raffetto Sr. and Adela Creighton Raffetto. He was the third son of four surviving children, preceded by Lloyd Raffetto and Michael Raffetto and followed by Isadeen Adela Raffetto (future wife of Alexander Howison Murray Jr.). He attended El Dorado High School and the University of California, Berkeley.[1]


Raffetto was the owner and manager of the Ivy House Hotel in Placerville.[1] In 1942, he became president of the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce based in Placerville.[3]

He moved to Auburn, California, where he owned and operated the Ivy motel and the Auburn club. In 1968, he served as president of the Rocklin Bank; at that time, he was also manager of the West Coast Capital, a small business investment company headquartered in Auburn, which he helped found.[1][4]

Raffetto then became a founding director of the Placer National bank.[5] He also served as chairman of the board, president, and chief administrative officer of the Placer National Bank.[2][6]

Personal life and death

Raffetto married Ellen Williamson; they had two sons.[1]

Raffetto served as "exalted ruler" of the Auburn lodge, BPOE; state president of the Elks; and president of the Auburn Rotary Club. He was a member of the Tahoe club of Auburn, the Sutter club of Sacramento, Native Sons of the Golden West, UC Alumni association, and the Auburn Dam committee.[1]

John Augustus Raffetto Jr. died age 69 on May 21, 1977, in Auburn, California.[1]

See also


  1. "John Raffetto". Mountain Democrat. 26 May 1977. p. 24. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  2. "Unusual site for ceremony". Press-Tribune from Roseville, California. 19 November 1971. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  3. Raffety, Michael (29 April 2019). "Belltower: Past chamber presidents reflect local history". Mountain Democrat. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  4. "John Raffetto President Of Rocklin Bank". Placer Herald from Rocklin, California. 18 January 1968. p. 1. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  5. "Roseville Office of the Placer National Bank". Press-Tribune from Roseville, California. 23 July 1970. p. 5. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  6. "Promotions for bank personnel". Press-Tribune from Roseville, California. 22 March 1973. p. 6. Retrieved 31 December 2018.

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