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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Valley Land and Sugar Company Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1916-1926
    Collection number: MS14
    Extent: 0.5 linear ft.
    Repository: San Joaquin County Historical Museum
    Lodi, CA 95241
    Language: English

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research by appointment only.

    Publication Rights

    The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Valley Land and Sugar Company Papers, MS14, San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum, Lodi, California.

    Access Points

    Corporate Names

    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).