Riverdale Fruit Company

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Dried Fruit Packer
Main Location

San Jose

The Riverdale Fruit Company was a dried fruit packer in San Jose in the 1890's. The company was run by Sanford A. Coe. In 1891, the company expected to sell around 60 carloads of dried fruit[1]. The company also exhibited at the Chicago 1893 World's Fair[2].

Coe had been in the wholesale fruit business in Minneapolis. In 1886, he came to Santa Clara county and bought a fruit ranch in the Willow Glen neighborhood[3]. Coe died in 1894[4].

The packing house at Northrup and Paula address was used by the Santa Clara Valley Fruit Company after 1896 and J. W. Chilton Fruit Packing after 1903.


Location Years Address Details
San Jose 1893 Northrup Street and Paula Street 1893 San Jose City Directory.


  1. Agricultural Notes: Santa Clara: July 25, 1891 Pacific Rural Press. Names S.A. Coe as the owner of the company, and mentions his focus on uniform grading.
  2. California State Fair Commission report
  3. S. A. Coe: in H.S. Foote's Pen Pictures from the Garden of the World or Santa Clara County, California, 1888, Lewis Publishing Company. Transcribed in S. A. Coe: Santa Clara County biography project.
  4. Sanford Adelbert Coe: in Sanders history pages, roots web.ancestry.com.