California Genealogy and History Archives
may be said that the entire life of Louis H. Stewart, the manager of the
Sacramento branch of the Central California canneries, has been passed
in or near a fruit cannery. Born in Healdsburg, Sonoma county, during
the year 1868, he was the son of Joseph E. and Harriette (Fiero)
Stewart, and in this vale of fruitage and bloom known as the Valley of
the Sotoyome, he practically finished his school days and childhood at
seventeen, and was prepared for work. He found his first job in T. S.
Merchant's fruit canneries in that place, and held it for five years, a
portion, or the latter portion of that period being the foreman of the
establishment. In 1890 he was employed with Miller & Hotchkiss,
fruit canners and packers, also in Healdsburg, and he remained in that
place until 1894. His next change was to Geyserville of that county, a
warm-belted fruit region, where he took charge of the Walden & Co.
fruit canneries until 1901. He then removed to Sacramento, became
foreman in the Sacramento branch of the Central California canneries,
and two years after was appointed manager.
Mr. Stewart is as successful as a manager as he was as a foreman. The same care in detail and the same faithfulness in all the obligations that ever burden the business man receive his closest attention. Under his direction are three hundred and fifty people busy handling their part of the great pack of fruit that passes through those canneries every season. He was married in San Francisco February 22, 1893, to Miss Effie Willis, and their children are Freda, Norma, Charlotte and Willis. The family have a pleasant home at No. 1228 street. Fraternally the father is an Odd Fellow and in religion .is a Baptist, two characteristics believed in the west to make for the best citizenship. Also, he is Republican in his politics, but this does not detract from his civic perfections, as he aids all movements for the upbuilding of the city, where his business interests are centered.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011