F. E. Booth

From Packing Houses of Santa Clara County
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Main Location

San Francisco

Comet, Crescent.
F. E. Booth, Centerville, 1926.[1]

F. E. Booth was a canning company started by Frank E. Booth in 1895. The company had fish, fruit, and vegetable canneries in California. The company initially canned sardines in Monterey[2]. Booth was the first to mechanize the canning project, and first to hire Sicilian fishermen[3]. Frank was the son of Robert Booth, "president of the Sacramento River Packers"[4].

Booth's cannery in Centerville, California primarily canned tomatoes and fruit juices[5]. The cannery was started in 1917[6], with its plant about two miles northeast of Newark on the Western Pacific Railroad[7]. The company also had a plant at Pittsburg, California[8]

In 1920, F. E. Booth was president and general manager, M. S. Eisner, vice president, J. G. Jessie, secretary[9]

The company lasted into the 1930's as a tomato canner[10]. The cannery building itself burned in November 1959.


Location Years Address Details
Centerville 1920
Monterey 1920 Fish cannery
Pittsburg 1920
Reedsport, Oregon 1920 Likely fish cannery?
San Francisco 1920 110 Market Street Head office.


  1. Pacific Service Magazine, October 1926.
  2. F. E. Booth Cannery. California State Library, California History Section Picture catalog. "Frank E. Booth built cannery in 1895, canning salmon and sardines. Founded company, F.E. Booth Co., based in San Francisco.
  3. Cannery Row: Hovden Food Products Corporation. In [1].
  4. Canneries. In Marti Aiello: Pittsburg. Arcadia Publishing.
  5. Canning News: November 1921 Canning Age Company starting canning juices and pulps on November 10.
  6. 1917: Fremont History. Ground broken in April, 1917.
  7. U.S.G.S. benchmark for smokestack of F. E. Booth cannery: geocaching.com Smokestack was 80 feet high; plant burned in November 1959.
  8. Many Canneries Receive Licenses: California Department of Public Health Weekly Bulletin, January 23, 1926
  9. F. E. Booth Co. California Food Products directory. 1920, A. Marks, San Francisco.
  10. History: Early Farmers of Union City: August 27, 2008 Tri-City Voice