Curtis Packing

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Dried Fruit Packer
Main Location

Los Gatos

1885 - 1917

Grayhound, San Joaquin[1]

Curtis Fruit Packing was a northern California raisin packer operating around the beginning of the 20th century. The company had offices in San Francisco, with a packing house in Fresno in the San Joaquin Valley. (A biography of William Francis Toomey claims Curtis Fruit was based in New York[2].) The company sold 22,000 cases of raisins in 1886[3].

John K. Curtis was the president in 1892. The Vice-President and Superintendent in 1888 was John Wesley North, an 1841 grad of Wellseley and a lawyer[4].

The company was apparently unrelated to H.D. Curtis in Los Gatos.


Location Years Address Details
Fresno 1885[5] Packing house also claimed to be in Oleander, 23 miles southeast of Fresno[6].


  1. Paul E. Vandor, History of Fresno County, 1919.
  2. William Francis Toomey: History of the state of California and biographical record of the San Joaquin Valley, California, Chapman Publishing Company, 1905. "During much of the time for seven years he was interested in fruit-raising, and in packing seasons worked for the Curtis Fruit Company of New York. ".
  3. Steven Stoll, The Fruits of Natural Advantage: Making the Industrial Countryside in California, University of California Press, 1998.
  4. John Wesley North: General Catalog of the Psi Upsilon Fraternity, Comentus Press, Bethlehem PA, 1888.
  5. James Hartigan Biography: History of Fresno County, California, 1919, Historic Record Co. Cites Curtis Fruit packing house in Fresno in 1885.
  6. Paul E. Vandor, History of Fresno County, 1919.