Harry L. Warren

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Harry L. Warren
Died December 22, 1920
San Jose, California
Employer Warren Dried Fruit Packing, State of California
Occupation Dried fruit packers, assistant state purchasing agent.

Harry L. Warren was a prominent dried fruit packer in the San Jose area, and responsible for founding Warren Dried Fruit Packing. Warren was already a prominent packer by 1894 when he testified to Congress over tariff issues[1].

Warren apparently sold or handed off his company before 1908[2] That year, Warren is listed as a vice-president of Stanley Paint and Wallpaper, and president of Occidental Gold Mining Co. Occidental may have been a mine in Placer County near Iowa Hill which was privately held[3]

During Hiram Johnson's term as governor (1911-1917), Warren was appointed an assistant state purchasing officer.

Warren died on December 21, 1920 in Saratoga[4][5]. His only living relation at the time was a sister.


  1. H.Q. Warren, testimony to congress over prune tariffs. In U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, Replies to Tariff Inquiries, Schedule G., Agricultural Products and Provisions.
  2. Harry Warren, 1908 San Jose City Directory.
  3. Occidental Gold Mining Co. finding record, California State Library. "The Occidental Gold Mining Company was incorporated in 1877 to mine gold in Grizzly Flat, in the Iowa Hill Mining District, near Colfax, Placer County. The Company was always a closed corporation and its stock was passed to descendants. When the Company's principal place of business was transferred from Sunny South, Placer County, to San Jose, Santa Clara County in 1899, this change, plus frequent assessments, served to "lose" many of the original stockholders. However, when the Company dissolved in 1973, the secretary was Amy June Jorgensen and the vice-president Clifford Smith; both were descendants of John Smith, an early stockholder. Jorgensen donated the corporate records to CSL some years after the dissolution date... There are four periods of mining activity documented in these records. From 1899-1902 the mine was operated by the Company and yielded $4641.12, insufficient justification to continue operation. The principal correspondents during this period were William Cameron, president and superintendent of mining activities, and Niles E. Wretman, secretary."
  4. Harry Warren Is Mourned By Many: December 23, 1920 San Jose Evening News.
  5. Harry L. Warren Dies. In [ https://archive.org/details/buildingengineer21119cont January 1 1921 Building and Engineering News].