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Group Photo of Employees at Stewart Fruit Company, San Jose: [http://digitalcollections.sjlibrary.org/u?/jcgpanorama,491 panoramic photo] from John C. Gordon collection, San Jose State Library.
in city directory) (Guggenhime?)

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Dried Fruit Packer
Main Location

San Francisco, CA

1904 - 1930

Stewart Fruit Co

Stewart Packing Company was a California-based dried-fruit packer in the early part of the 20th century. The company was founded in 1904 with $100,000 capital. There were hints that Stewart was a front for the Santa Fe's efforts to compete with the SP to get fruit shipments from Northern California[1]. W. H. Stewart and R. E. Lyons were both connected with SP's Southern California representative for their fruit agency, and the VP was connected with the distributor's combine, both closely allied with the SP, but Santa Fe's refrigerator manager hinted that Stewart was being inspired by Santa Fe's new push. Both principals were also former employees of Earl Fruit. Lyons had been Alden Anderson's personal assistant while Anderson was general manager of the California Fruit Distributors and Earl Fruit Company, then left Earl in 1904 to start his own company. Stewart had been at Earl Fruit as well[2].

The company had offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles[3]]. The company's San Jose plant was run by Alexander Matracia[4].

Stewart Fruit Company went into receivership around 1930[5].

Stewart Packing Company in San Jose

Stewart Packing Company had several buildings in the Bassett Street area of San Jose. The land was bought by Stewart in 1918[6]. A 1931 SP Valuation Map shows them at Pleasant and Bassett, next to the railroad tracks, as does 1932 Sanborn map. When the company went into receivership, E.G. Potter, receiver for the Stewart Fruit Company, was selling the lot west of Terraine Street and north of Bassett/South of the railroad tracks. The lot was ~160x860 feet, and included land in reciprocal leases for use with Anderson-Barngrover[7].


Location Years Address Details
Hayward 1925 Built for packing cherries[8].
Martinez 1923

Oakland Trib article from 1914 comments on pear harvest.

San Jose 1911 Pleasant Street at Julian Street
San Jose 1916 New Street at corner of Pleasant Street
San Jose 1931 Pleasant Street at Bassett Street

On SP, Sanborn map.

Vicksburg 1923


Group Photo of Employees at Stewart Fruit Company, San Jose: panoramic photo from John C. Gordon collection, San Jose State Library.