Stevens Fruit Case Company

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San Francisco, CA

The Stevens Fruit Case Company was a crate maker in California. The company was founded in 1892, and existed at least through 1907[1]. Officers of the company at inception were G. W. van Hovenbergh, F. D. Cottle, George W. Stevens, Frank Frisbee, and W. H. Gilbert. The Stevens crates had a special liner for keeping fruit safe during the long trip to eastern markets, and used inserts to keep fruit separated[2][3].

The company had a plant in San Jose on Bassett Street. A fire behind their factory in 1901 was started in a pile of wood lath.

By 1905, the company was listed in as having its incorporation forfeited or revoked[4]. However, the company still appeared in San Jose city directories as late as 1907[5].


Location Years Address Details
San Francisco 1893 307 Front Street[6][7]
San Francisco 1895 322 Pine St.[8]
San Jose 1896-1907[9] Bassett near North San Pedro Street


  1. April 9, 1892 Sacramento Record-Union.
  2. June 3, 1893 Pacific Rural Press.
  3. John L. Stevens, Fruit Packing Case. U.S. Patent #415074A.
  4. Stevens Fruit Case Company. In California Secretary of State, Certified Copy of Compiled Statement of Domestic Corporations Whose Charters Have Been Forfeited, State of California, December 14, 1905.
  5. Polk's 1907-8 San Jose City Directory. W. W. van Arsdale was manager.
  6. July 22, 1893 Pacific Rural Press. Advertisement describes fruit case features.
  7. Langley's 1893 San Francisco City Directory. George W. Stevens is listed as president.
  8. Crocker's 1895 San Francisco City Directory
  9. Polk's 1907-8 San Jose City Directory.