E. B. Howard & Company

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Dried Fruit Packer
Main Location

San Jose

E. B. Howard & Company was a dried fruit brokerage run by E. B. Howard, with ties to the Armour meat-backing company. The San Francisco Call complained about them as a "plunger and gambler in fruit[1]. Wright "does not deny that he owes the bank a large sum of money but said that it was borrowed in a legitimate way, and that when is affairs are tied up that institution will be repaid its advances, as will other creditors."[2]

The company collapsed in 1899 owing $300,000 to the Union Savings Bank, which also went bankrupt. The collapse was mentioned in "The Sunsweet Story" as one of the formative episodes for Judge Welch and the Welch-Coykendall fight. (Listed as $100,000 owed to the bank, with outstanding checks to other banks and Howard saying he owed $250,000 total.) "Only partially secured by warehouse receipts"[3]. The San Jose warehouse was later occupied by Castle Brothers.


Location Years Address Details
San Jose 1900 Ryland St.

Next to Inderrieden. Fire in 1899[4].


  1. February 4, 1899 San Francisco Call.
  2. To Return Union Bank Property: February 2, 1899 San Jose Evening News.
  3. San Jose Bank Failure: Liberal Advances to a Merchant The Cause of the Trouble: February 2, 1899 New York Times
  4. Prunes May Go Up: The Big Fire Yesterday Complicates the Fruit Situation: August 1, 1899 San Jose Evening News. "the empty warehouse of Castle Brothers... that was also destroyed. ... it was formerly the warehouse of E. B. Howard & Co.