Stewart Fruit Company
Dried Fruit Packer
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. 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.
Stewart Fruit Company went into receivership around 1930.
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. 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.
|Hayward||1925||Built for packing cherries.|
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.
Group Photo of Employees at Stewart Fruit Company, San Jose: panoramic photo from John C. Gordon collection, San Jose State Library.
- Santa Fe Joins With Fruit Men: Stewart Packing Strongly Suspected of Being Part of Plan for Competition: May 26, 1904 San Francisco Call
- R.E. Lyons, of the Stewart Fruit Company, Meets Accidental Death: January 1, 1921 California Fruit News
- Advertisement: July 23, 1916 California Fruit News.
- Alexander Matracia: In Eugene T. Sawyer, History of Santa Clara County,California 1922, Historic Record Co., p. 1547
- 1920s corporate information
- Notice of Sale of Real Property: August 5, 1930 San Jose Evening News
- land description : groundwater pollution deed restrictions on FMC land.
- August 5, 1930 San Jose Evening News
- Building complete, used for cherries: April 23, 1925 Hayward Review