Scope and Content
Title: Valley Land and Sugar Company Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1916-1926
Collection number: MS14
Extent: 0.5 linear ft.
San Joaquin County Historical Museum
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[Identification of item], Valley Land and Sugar Company Papers, MS14, San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum, Lodi,
Pacific Sugar Corporation (San Francisco, Calif.)
Tracy Garden Farms (Tracy, Calif.)
Valley Land and Sugar Company (Tracy, Calif.)
Amalgamted Sugar Company (Ogden, Utah)
Sugar beet industry -California -Tracy
Land use, rural -California -Tracy
Agriculture -California -San Joaquin County
Tracy (Calif.) -History -Sources
Following the creation of the Naglee-Burk Irrigation Association (1912) and the West Side Irrigation District (1915), land
north of Tracy became a valuable commodity for those interested in growing sugarbeets. In 1917, the Pacific Sugar Company
opened the first mill in Tracy, but the firm quickly ran into difficulties because government price supports on sugarbeets
ended with World War I and whitefly began to consume the crop. From 1919, sugar refiners experienced difficulties getting
farmers to plant beets. After a few years the company leased the plant to Amalgamated Sugar Company of Ogden, Utah (1920)
and eventually sold it to Holly Sugar Company of Colorado Springs (1925). The Garden Farms Company and its successor, Valley
Land and Sugar, were in the business of leasing and selling land for sugarbeet cultivation along Old River north of Tracy.
These companies flourished between 1919 and 1926.
Scope and Content
The Valley Land and Sugar Company Papers consist chiefly of board of director's minutes, correspondence, receipts, property
records and maps of the Tracy Garden Farms Corporation (1916-1921) and Valley Land and Sugar Company (1921-1926).