Annual agricultural reports and reports of the experiment station of a sugar beet refiner formerly located in Salinas, California.
Also includes United States Sugar Manufacturers' Association leaflets and reports; USDA reports on the beet-sugar industry;
and one twentieth-century pamphlet on the beet sugar industry.
In 1881, businessman Claus Spreckels (1828-1908) founded Spreckels Sugar Company in California's San Joaquin Valley. Spreckels
had already been involved in sugar refining for some years; his California Sugar Refinery processed sugar cane imported from
Hawaii, the Philippines, China, Java. The company he founded in the San Joaquin Valley, however, focused on refining sugar
beets. Claus Spreckels founded the company town of Spreckels just south of Salinas, California, where the company's factory
was located. At first, many of the sugar beets came from farms in Woodland, California, but later came from company-founded
farms in King City, Soledad, and Hollister.
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