Thomas-Body Company

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The Thomas-Body Company was a canner operating in Fruitvale in 1921[2]. Thomas-Body had been operating in San Francisco, but moved to a new 30,000 square foot plant in Fruitvale in mid-1921.

In 1920, the company was canning tomatoes, pears, peaches, berries, apricots, and crushed tomatoes[3].

Officers in 1927 included Benjamin H. Body (secretary), Ralph E. Cotter (vice-president), and William E. Thomas (president, residence on Shepard Canyon Road)[4]. Thomas patented a process for canning spinach in 1928[5].

The company was in operation as late as 1937[6].


Location Years Address Details
Fruitvale 1917, 1920, 1923 900 19th Ave. On Western Pacific railroad
San Francisco 1001 Sansome[7]
San Francisco 1001 Battery Street[8]


  1. Advertisement: 1922 International Trade Developer directory.
  2. California Canneries: August 1921 Western Canner and Packer.
  3. 1920 Canners Directory.
  4. Polk's 1927 Oakland City Directory.
  5. Process for Preparing Spinach and the Like for Canning. U.S. Patent 1,685,511.. Granted September 25, 1928.
  6. Regular Meeting of the Board of Port Commissioners of the Port of Oakland, January 4, 1937. "It was reported that the State Relief Emergency Administration was taking over the sublease of the Works Progress Administration on a portion of the Thomas Body warehouse located on the leasehold claimed by the Pacific Steel & Wire Co."
  7. 1917 Crocker-Langley San Francisco Directory.
  8. Thomas-Body To Make Extensions to San Francisco Cannery. September 1919 Western Canner and Packer. " The Thomas-Body Company is planning extensions to its cannery at 1001 Battery St., San Francisco.""