The Fred W. Crandall Photographs collection consists of
twenty-nine images that chronicle approximately thirty years of Northern California
agricultural history, from approximately 1883 to 1911. It includes photos of the
Fred W. Crandall and William T. Rice Fruit Drying establishment in Los Gatos and the
Sorosis Fruit farm in Saratoga, as well as several photographs depicting
turn-of-the-century life in Los Gatos.
Fred Warren Crandall was born to George Washington Crandall and Emily (Chaffee)
Crandall on July 28, 1858 in Herrick, Pennsylvania. One of five children, Fred was
raised a farmer’s son; however, from an early age, he aspired to join the clergy,
and in the mid-1870s traveled to Irvington, California to study theology.
Unfortunately, the misfortune of ill health forced him to reconsider his theological
aspirations. After spending a brief time as an educator in Nebraska and Missouri
from 1878 to 1883, Crandall moved to California to pursue a vocation in the ranching
Items: 29 photographs
Selected online items available
Copyright has not been assigned to the Sourisseau Academy. Neither the original
photographs nor the digital images held by the Sourisseau Academy may be
reproduced, published, or used on the Internet without the expressed, written
permission of the Executive Secretary. Permission for publication is given on
behalf of the Sourisseau Academy as the owner of the physical items and is not
intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also
be obtained by the researcher. The credit line, "Courtesy of the Edith C. Smith
Trust Collection, Sourisseau Academy for State and Local History" must accompany
any such use.
Collection is open for research.