Higgins-Hyde Packing Company

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Dried Fruit Packer
Main Location

San Jose



Dried prunes. Packed as "Sun-Glo"


Location Years Address Details
San Jose 1929-1932 750 West San Carlos Street address according to SP siding list and city directories.


"The Sunsweet Story" describes the Prune Pool as an attempt to reverse the problems of the depression: packers were selling their crops as fast as possible because of fears of lowering prices; to try to keep prices up, the pool was going to take the majority (85%) of the crop to try to regulate the flow of prunes into the market. In the midst of

In existence since at least 1928. July 11 1932 San Jose Evening News":http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1977&dat=19320711&id=ABciAAAAIBAJ&sjid=LaQFAAAAIBAJ&pg=943,917836 quotes Higgins saying they ran a "prune pool" for at least the last four years. Higgin-Hyde appeared to be trying to get part of the market at the same time that the United Prune Growers was trying to get 85% of the crop to try to support prices. "Report Condemns Higgins-Hyde Pool", "July 28, 1932 San Jose Evening News Pools were packers working outside the trade organizations, and some were not being... ethical with the crop, borrowing money on crops the farmer still owned. August 13, 1932 San Jose News "All fruit under the control of Fred Lester and Otto Van Dorsten had been placed in the (United Prune Growers Pool), it having formerly been in the private pool of Higgins-Hyde. It has been explained that a satisfactory adjustment had been made and the Higgins-Hyde contract cancelled. A. A. Higgins announced several weeks ago during the State investigation of the pool that any growers who desired to be released would have their request granted."

They released the growers in their pool in a letter to the San Jose News on August 23, 1932 The attached article suggests this was all for the 1931 crop...

The chattel mortgages were all released in late 19

Leased Hyde cannery as warehouse space according to Thursday, September 14, 1933

Campbell Interurban Press article. "What used to be the canning plant is under lease to the California Prune and Apricot association, which uses the space for warehousing only."

Higgins-Hyde was marked on the sale of land for the San Carlos Street viaduct on 5/29/33 (book 652, page 286) because they got $200 from the sale of the land for moving their garage and scales. H.H. Kooser and his wife owned the land, and had re-mortgaged it in 1927 and 1929 (3/14/27, book 475/220).

Higgins-Hyde declared bankruptcy in June 1933 (case started 6/3/1933, filed in Santa Clara county 7/31/1933, book 661 pg 69). A. A. Higgins and Bea Rae Higgins sold their property near Saratoga to Higgins Hyde on May 29, 1933 (book 683, 558) for transfer to the now-bankrupt company, and their farmland was sold on 5/29/34 (book 688 pg 317).r

May 9, 1934 San Jose News, page 14: "Packing Firm Trustee Loses $2578 Prune Suit" "T. J. Miller, trustee of the Higgins-Hyde Packing Company, lost his $2578 action involving a contract for the purchase of 800 tons of prunes against Nathan L. and William Lester, growers, in Superior Judge William F. James' court yesterday when a jury awarded judgement in favor of the defendants."

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