J.Z. and George H. Anderson

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Dried Fruit Packer
Main Location

San Jose, CA

J.Z. and George H. Anderson was a San Jose dried fruit packer and shipper. The company was listed as a fruit shipper in 1896, and as a fruit packer in other years.


Location Years Address Details
San Jose 1890
San Jose 1891, 1896, 1904 509 Cinnabar Street
San Jose 1896 Cinnabar near Autumn
San Jose 1904 509 Cinnabar Street
San Jose 1906 First near Bassett




According to Sawyer's 1922 county history J.Z. Anderson was a freight teamster who made a living hauling supplies to mining camps in Nevada. He relocated to San Jose in 1865 and got interested in the fruit business first as a grower and then as a shipper. He shipped the first fresh cherries from San Jose to the East Coast, was responsible for the standard cherry box, and first to use women for packing. Also President of California Fruit Union. "His nature was a buoyant one and he never allowed himself to be discouraged by failure or defeat." George H. was his son, as was Alden Anderson (in Sacramento as of 1916)

Obit in California Fruit News John Z. Anderson in 1916 at the age of 87 according to 1922 "county history:"http://www.mariposaresearch.net/santaclararesearch/SCBIOS/jzanderson.html

Not listed in 1911, 1912 city directory.

1896: http://books.google.com/books?id=mBY1AQAAMAAJ&lpg=PA210&ots=mmH32hq9oX&dq=%22j.z.%20anderson%22%20san%20jose&pg=PA210#v=onepage&q=%22j.z.%20anderson%22%20san%20jose&f=false packing house (Cinnabar at Autumn) 1895-1905: http://content.scu.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/svhocdm/id/2312/rec/2 House on Cinnabar St

http://books.google.com/books?id=B6pKAQAAIAAJ&lpg=PA186&ots=mYARUE0D_6&dq=%22j.z.%20anderson%22%20san%20jose&pg=PA64#v=onepage&q=%22j.z.%20anderson%22%20san%20jose&f=false 1896 City Directory says it was at Cinnabar and Senter.

Cinnabar Street

   Packing plant at Cinnabar and the railroad tracks (next to
   Dawson's canning plant), with drier on blcok around Lenzen,
   Montgomery, Senter, and Cinnabar. Packing plant has 'no fire.'
   1891 Sanborn map at UCSC. Photos in Sunshine Fruit and Flowers.