Garcia and Maggini

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Dried Fruit Packer
Main Location

San Francisco


Bon Ton brand[1]

Garcia and Maggini was a fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, and honey processor in San Francisco, operating from at least 1895[2]. Garcia and Maggini also sold almonds[3] and dried apples[4], and evaporated milk[5]. In 1919, the company sold one million pounds of fruit to the U.S. Government[6]. The company had a warehouse at 128 and 136 King Street, famous as the site of a violent clash during the Maritime Strike of 1934[7].

Garcia and Maggini bought the Castle Brothers packing houses in 1919[8]. Garcia and Maggini was also incorporated in Delaware on April 19, 1923[9]. By 1934, the company was reported as not paying taxes in Delaware[10].


Location Years Address Details
Gold Ridge 1918[11]
San Francisco 1919 128, 136 King St.
San Francisco 1912 306-318 Drumm St. Burned in 1912[12]
Sebastopol Petaluma Ave. at Abbott Ave.[13]
Watsonville 1920 Kearney St.[14]


  1. Garcia & Maggini Co. is Broadening Out: [ October 18, 1919 Chicago Packer
  2. A CORNER IN LIMES: September 7, 1895 San Francisco Call. "All the limes brought to this port are from Acapulco, and the trade is entirely controlled by a few firms: J. Ivancovich & Co., Garcia & Maggini, L. G. Sresovich, Cabrera & Sutter, L. F. Lastreto, A. Levy & Co., and L. Benussi.... Ivancovich & Co. and Garcia & Maggini formed a combination and succeeded in buying out all the other importers excepting Sresovich..."
  3. Letter from Rosenberg Brothers declaring Garcia and Maggini's almond prices suspicious: August-September 1926 Minute Book, published by the California Almond Growers Exchange
  4. Garcia and Maggini fruit display at Apple Show: Sonoma County Library Photograph Collection.
  5. Adulteration and misbranding of evaporated milk: Notices and Judgment Under the Food and Drugs Act. Case filed by U.S. attorney in New Jersey on January 22, 1918.
  6. List of Government Contracts and Purchase Orders: Official U. S. Bulletin By United States. Committee on Public Information, March 31, 1919.
  7. Garcia and Maggini Warehouse: FoundSF.
  8. Garcia & Maggini Co. is Broadening Out: [ October 18, 1919 Chicago Packer
  9. Garcia & Maggini Co. Ltd. Bizapedia
  10. Report from Delaware Tax Commissioner
  11. County to Operate: 1918 Western Canner and Packer. "The plants of the Garcia & Maggini Company at Sebastopol and Gold Ridge will operate this year as usual, packing green and evaporated apples."
  12. DAMAGED BY FIRE: September 14, 1912 California Fruit Grower. "The Garcia & Maggini Company's dried fruit department occupied the upper story of the building on Washington and Drumm streets in San Francisco, and this was entirely burned out.... between twenty and twenty five cars of dried fruits of various kinds and a quantity of walnuts and some almonds, as well as some foreign nuts contained in this part of this building, all of which were destroyed as well as dried fruit packing machinery. The green fruit department, on the lower floor, suffered primarily from water and heat."
  13. Garcia and Maggini packing house near P&SR electric railway in Sebastopol: Photo.
  14. 1920 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map for Watsonville. From U.C. Santa Cruz.