Barron-Gray Packing Company
Barron Gray, Grey Baron, Toyon, Santavalley
The Barron-Gray Packing Company was a long-time canner in the San Jose area. Formed in 1922 by Ernest S. Barron and Herbert Gray, the principals bought the the J.F. Pyle Cannery at Fourth and Keyes Street that year. Barron was a recent immigrant, arriving from England in 1915 on the Lusitania, and had been the sales manager for the Ainsley Cannery in Campbell. The company was also involved in growing fruit, buying orchards in Lodi area around 1944.
|San Jose||1922 - 1948||825 South Fifth Street|
video of plant in operation from 1950's.
- Bruce Barron interview. In The Lure of the Forests: Oral Histories from the National Forests in California. USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region, Jul 1, 2005
- May 1948 Pine Parade. (Dole's employee newsletter).