California Canneries

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Business Details
Primary Business Cannery
Dates ~1890 - 1930's


May have succeeded A. Lusk and Company


Location Years Address Details
Campbell 1919, 1931 Harrison Ave
Modesto 1922 ???
San Francisco 1897 425-441 Brannan
San Francisco 1915, 1921 800 Minnesota at 18th Street (1915, 1921)
San Francisco 1922 503 Market Street
San Francisco 1924 600 Minnesota Street
San Jose 1922 ???
Visalia 1922 ???


May have been owned / controlled by Armour. Brands: Westmade, Naturmade, Calamade, Dewtaste, Taste o' the West, Cock o' the Walk Seen on SP switchlist from 1931. In Campbell, in one of the Ainsley/Drew buildings. (Also seen as California Canneries. Same as [California Cooperative Canneries]?) Either a subsidiary or tied very closely to Armour.

Lawsuit demanding breakup in 1932. July 2, 1921 San Jose Evening News notes U.S. Government is offering $2,000,000 loan to [California Cooperative Canneries] because of problems getting loans. The Co-operative cannery was built by Armour money. Armour advanced $250,000 and had first call on the pack. He paid the growers for their canned stuff whatever prices were set each year by the CPC.

Then there came the ruling from Washington that the meat packers must discard their auxilliary corporations, and Armour under this ruling had to withdraw from the Cooperative Cannery. President was Alber Haentze, manager Vernon Campbell.

Also appeared to have borrowed money from the War Finance Corporation for building 1919 letter to the editor complaining about personal attacks after speaking out against Armour.

Ad in San Jose Evening News 1919 bartlett pears, and tomatoes. "Car books furnished". Another ad said they're ready to contract for bartlett pears, apricots, and tomatoes.

1919 apricots and tomatoes according to California Fruit News May 24, 1919 1921: starting with gooseberries according to June 1921 Canning Age "Company dates to 1893?":"

Sold in 1898 acc. to April 10, 1898 New York Times: "San Francisco, April 9: A Syndicate has purchased for $175,000 the canneries controlled by the California canneries companies. The new company has been capitalized for $250,000 and it will make an effort to control the British market for California canned fruits.

1915 History of the Canning Industry includes article by Isidor Jacobs, President of the California Canneries Company.

1922 California Fruit News notes "Mr. Isidor Jacobs who is now residing permanently abroad but was well known for so many years in San Francisco in canning circles, resigned last summer as president of the California Canneries Company which he was the head of here for so many years. We are now advised that Isidor Jacobs is not at present connected with the California Canneries Company in any way and is no longer a stockholder." Residence was 2018 Webster in 1897 and 1909. He was son of a manager of the A. Lusk & Co company, became president of that company in 1897. Organized the Traffic Association of California in 1894 according to San Francisco: its builders, past and present 1922 Canner's directory shows only facilities in San Francisco and Campbell.

February 1923 Western Canner and Packer notes that they have four canneries: two in San Jose, one in Modesto, one in Visalia. Article gives more details about what they canned and their organization.

San Francisco From city directory Attempt to burn cannery by IWW on July 24 1915 acc to San Jose Evening News