California Canneries

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< 1895 - 1930's

California Canneries Company

A. Lusk & Company, Payne Cannery, Orchard City Cannery

The California Canneries Corporation was a successor to the A. Lusk & Company cannery in San Francisco, which purchased the Payne Cannery in Campbell, and operated into the 1930's. Its was operated for many years by Isodor Jacobs of San Francisco and primarily sold canned goods to England[1]. A 1929 price list on EBay showed that the company continued to bill themselves as "Successor to A. Lusk & Company".

The company had a San Francisco presence as early as 1895, with a report of a fire that destroyed the cannery that year[2].

California Canneries started production in Campbell in 1917. An article in 1918 refers to the Orchard City Cannery having additions and improvements for the next year, and it would be operated "as last year" by the California Canneries Company, San Francisco[3] The cannery was overhauled again in the spring of 1919, and was planning on canning apricots and tomatoes[4] An ad later that year solicited for workers for bartless pears and later tomatoes. [5]. . A 1922 Canner's directory shows only facilities in San Francisco and Campbell[6].

The company existed at least into the early 1930's, as the name appears on a Southern Pacific list of sidings from 1931. The plant appeared to be just north of the Ainsley cannery.

The company is unrelated to the Central California Canneries which merged into Del Monte, or the California Cooperative Canneries funded by Armour. A 1921 San Francisco City Directory lists California Canneries Co. as owned by Isodor Jacobs and having a plant at 800 Minnesota at 18th in San Francisco[7].


Location Years Address Details
Campbell 1919-1931 Harrison Ave

In part of Ainsley cannery. Phone: Campbell 24.

San Francisco 1917, 1922[8] 600 Minnesota[9], 800 Minnesota


  1. July 21, 1917 California Fruit News
  2. June 28, 1895 -- San Francisco Call?]. Hints that cannery was around Fourth and Townsend.
  3. Coast News In Brief: August 24, 1918 California Fruit News].
  4. May 24, 1919 California Fruit News notes the overhaul. The next paragraph notes that the tomato market is glutted.
  5. September 19, 1919 San Jose Evening News
  6. [1922 Canner's Directory]
  7. [1922 Canner's Directory]. p. 364
  8. [1922 Canner's Directory]
  9. Peach Growers Attention! June 1922 Associated Grower. Lists 600 Minnesota as buyer of fresh peaches.