J. J. Shaner

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J. J. Shaner was a Santa Clara Valley fruit dryer, selling fruit primarily to the east coast[1]. Shaner's dryer was a drop-off location for prunes for the California Cured Fruit Association in 1900[2].

Shaner was an early supporter of the California Dried Fruit Association in 1888. Shaner also recommended the use of almonds as root-stock for apricots[3].

Shaner may have been Dr. John Junius Shaner, author of "The Character Builder", a religious tract[4].


Location Years Address Details
Los Gatos 1890, 1900


  1. J. J. Shaner & Co. In E. T. Brown and E. H. Overstreet, The San Jose Daily Herald Souvenir Publication: Horticulture, Viticulture. Published by San Jose Daily Herald, 1890. The puff-piece mentions that Shaner was a drier, and sold fruit branded under his name.
  2. Where Prune-Growers May Deliver Crops: July 29, 1900 San Francisco Call].
  3. Edward James Wickson, The California Fruits and How To Grow Them. p. 250.
  4. Dr. John Junius Shaner, The Character Builder, Melvin and Murgotten Publishers, San Jose.