J. K. Armsby
Wholesale Commision Merchant
before 1896 - 1916
Porter's Best (dried), Tropic Bird, Orange Blossom (dried), Blue Ribbon (dried), Red Bluff, Bordeaux, ...
Merged to form California Packing Corporation, 1916.
|San Jose||1896, 1898||Ryland at San Pedro||From 1898 city directory|
|San Jose||1900, 1904, 1906, 1907||Montgomery at Cinnabar|
|San Jose||1910, 1918||419 North Montgomery Street||Listed as Little Montgomery Street in directory.|
In 1904, Armsby was also considered a fruit broker ("wholesale commission merchant"), and J.K. (based in Chicago) was one of the VPs for the National Canned Foods and Dried Fruit Brokers Association.
March 21, 2008 Berkeley Daily Planet article on Allenoke Manor on Ridge Road in Berkeley says that Armsby controlled the distribution of california canned and dried fruit as well as Alaska salmon. Allen Freeman, owner of the house, was general manager in San Francisco.
Predecessor of California Packing Corp. 1916 ad in California Fruit News shows plants in Fresno, San Jose, Armona, Visalia, Sanger, Suisun, Marysville, Los Angeles, Gilroy, Yuba City, Stockton, Ventura, and Vancouver WA.
"Armsby's From the Land of Sunshine Fruits:" dried fruits, canned goods, salmon, nuts, beans, hawaiian pineapple.
Location in 1913 were Fresno, San Jose, Armona, Visalia, Sanger, Suisun, Marysville, Los Angeles, Gilroy, Yuba City, Stockton, Ventura, Sunnyvale, and Vancouver Wa.
"1915 Sanborn map shows it at end of Montgomery next to Lenzen engine facility. Dried fruit packing, with fruit bins and boxes, and long siding. Castle Bros. next door. Photo in Sunsweet Story p. 31 shows three story packing house in corrugated iron."
August 23, 1902 San Francisco Call noted an addition to the warehouse.