F. E. Booth

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Centerville, CA

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

F. E. Booth was a cannery in Centerville, California, primarily canning tomatoes and fruit juices[2]. The company was founded by Frank E. Booth, who had been an early sardine canner in Monterey. The cannery was started in 1917[3], with its plant about two miles northeast of Newark on the Western Pacific Railroad[4]. The company also had a plant at Pittsburg, California[5]

In 1920, F. E. Booth was president and general manager, M. S. Eisner, vice president, J. G. Jessie, secretary[6]

The company lasted into the 1930's as a tomato canner[7]. 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. Canning News: November 1921 Canning Age Company starting canning juices and pulps on November 10.
  3. 1917: Fremont History. Ground broken in April, 1917.
  4. U.S.G.S. benchmark for smokestack of F. E. Booth cannery: geocaching.com Smokestack was 80 feet high; plant burned in November 1959.
  5. Many Canneries Receive Licenses: California Department of Public Health Weekly Bulletin, January 23, 1926
  6. F. E. Booth Co. California Food Products directory. 1920, A. Marks, San Francisco.
  7. History: Early Farmers of Union City: August 27, 2008 Tri-City Voice