King-Morse Canning Company

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San Francisco, CA

Charles J. King Company

San Jose Fruit Packing, California Fruit Canners Association, California Packing Corporation

King-Morse Canning Company was an early San Francisco-based canner operated by by Charles J. King "of William" and Issac Harrison Morse. King had operated the Charles J. King Company (Williams & Co?), an early canner founded in San Francisco in the 1870's; Morse appears to have been a wholesaler[1].

The company was sold to the San Jose Fruit Packing Company in 1885[2], and later folded into the California Fruit Canners Association in July 1899[3]. Local growers were particularly incensed at King-Morse's inclusion in the CFCA after their efforts and inducements to get the company to open the cannery[4].


Location Years Address Details
San Francisco 1901
San Leandro 1899-1973 Site of San Leandro BART station. Became Del Monte Plant #8[5].


  1. Isidor Jacobs, "The Rise and Progress of the Canning Industry In California". In "A History of the Canning Industry by its Most Prominent Men". Souvenir of the 7th Annual Convention of the National Canners' and Allied Associations, Baltimore MD, February 2-7, 1914.
  2. Issac H. Morse Scrapbook: San Francisco, 1870-1915: Bancroft library. Index entry mentions that Morse saved May 16, 1885 announcement that his company had been acquired by the San Jose Fruit Packing Company. Morse had been working for King-Morse in 1883.
  3. King-Morse Cannery Transferred: July 19, 1899 San Francisco Call. Cannery valued at $50,000.
  4. Fruit Growers About to Combine: May 17, 1900 San Francisco Call.
  5. History Files: Del Monte Cannery: [San Leandro Patch].