The Valley of Heart's Delight


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  as described in 1922.......
 fifteen  years old, was built on what was once a grain field.  It is eight miles west of 
San Jose and is on the main line of the Southern Pacific Railway.  Today, there 
is a bustling, wide-awake town which is growing by leaps and bounds.  There are 
factories, canneries, splendid business houses, a first class grammar school, a 
bank, several churches, two lumber yards, two garages, and a live Chamber of 
Commerce.  The manufacturing industries represent an outlay
of over 
$1,000,000.  It was incorporated December 24, 1912.  Among the industries are 
the following:

            The Joshua Hendy Iron Works 
is the pioneer foundry of California, the launching of 
which dates back to 1856.  It was not, however, until 1906 that operations were 
begun in Sunnyvale.  So extensive have these operations 
been that scores of men are given year-round employment.  Mining machinery is 
one of the chief outputs, although they are making marine steam engines, 
steering engines, warping engines, and ship fittings for the Government.  All 
kinds of cast iron castings and all types of machine work are also ably cared 
for.  The daily casting capacity of the foundry is thirty tons.  Orders from 
India, China, South America, and many other foreign ports have been filled.  It 
was indeed a lucky day for Sunnyvale when the Hendy Iron Works located here.  It 
was equally fortunate for the iron works to find, near San Francisco, so 
desirable a location.  Sunnyvale pulls for and gets the big things that are to 
be passed out.  

            The firm of Libby, McNeil & Libby, well known throughout 
the United States, operates the year round, and has perhaps the most extensive 
plant on the coast.  They employ a large number of helpers, many of whom own 
their homes and are getting real enjoyment out of life.

Jubilee Incubator Company is the pioneer manufacturing plant of Sunnyvale, it 
having been established some sixteen years ago, although for forty years 
incubator construction has been Mr. Besse's favorite pastime.  The Jubilee 
Incubator and the Jubilee Brooder have been made famous because of their 
hot-water system, and they are not only shipped into every state in the Union, 
but Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Africa, China and other foreign countries 
have ordered liberally.

            With a season beginning early in May 
and running until nearly the close of the year, the Sunnyvale Canneries give 
employment to from 200 to 250 persons.  The season of 1922 is looked forward to 
as the banner season, and to that end extensive planning has been 

            The Three Leaf Cot Manufacturing Company is one of the 
interesting manufacturing companies of the Pacific Coast, giving delightful 
employment to a large number of people, and turning out a finished product that 
is eagerly sought far and wide-that of a bed, a chair, a table, and a settee, 
all in one, combined with a collapsible folding tent, thus making camp life a 
pleasure, picnicing a dream, and an overland trip an ideal outing.  A girl can 
set up the entire outfit unaided.  
 Patent Filing and Drawings For the Three Leaf Cot by Alfred and Charles Clough

            Ninety-five per cent of 
the output of the Hydro-Carbon Companies is exported, paint oil and mineral 
turpentine being the chief products.  Added to this is the famous rubber oil 
waterproofing for auto tops-a commodity that is winning favor wherever 

            The Rumely Products Company operates twenty-six 
branches in the United States and many in foreign countries.  The one in 
Sunnyvale furnishes a distributing point for California, Arizona, Nevada, and 
New Mexico, and is caring for the business in a highly creditable manner. Mr. W. 
Reineke, the superintendent, has been well schooled in Rumely Products, which 
fact can be duly attested by the increased business. The claim of the company is 
that "20,000 farmers save all their grain by using Rumely Ideal 

            There is one of a chain of many of the 
California Packing Corporation's plants located in Sunnyvale, and so strongly is 
it officered and financed that it is always regarded as a real contender in the 
race for supremacy.  The products of this plant wherever introduced, have, by 
popular vote, been placed among the foremost in their line.

A man once said:  "I know there's money, and plenty of it, in poultry, for I have 
put lots of it in, and as I never got it out, I know it's still there."  Mr. E. 
A. Lodge, manager and owner of the Pebble Side Poultry Farm, knows, too, that 
there is plenty of money in poultry, for he is getting it out every day, and 
seeing is believing. Perhaps there is no greater section in California for 
successful poultry raising than in and around Sunnyvale. 

J.Fred Holthouse, a life-time resident of Sunnyvale, and whose study has ever been 
along the line of improved pumping methods, is the builder of the most complete 
pumping plant systems that are in use today.

            To meet demands 
of a rapidly growing community, men with keen vision have launched into the dry 
goods business, clothing business, grocery business, meat business, hotel and 
rooming business, restaurant business, hardware business, drug business, as well 
as furniture, electrical supplies, feed and fuel, bicycle, plumbing, 
blacksmithing-in short, Sunnyvale is a veritable bee hive of 

            In the matter of churches Sunnyvale is represented 
by the Baptists, Congregationalists, Catholics, Episcopalians and Methodists. A 
free municipal library was established by the good women of the W. C. T. U. soon 
after Sunnyvale sprang into existence, and was taken over by the own after an 
organization was perfected.  A very large selection of choice books are at the 
disposal of the residents, including the country circulating library.  Nearly 
every known order is represented here, and the individual who bears the proud 
distinction of being a "jiner," can have some place to go every night in the 
week, where he finds divertisement from his daily grind at the old tread mill.  
The movies, too, contribute their full quota in the way of entertainment, the 
best and up-to-minute reels alone being shown.  The show house is a good one, 
well ventilated, ably managed, and a real oasis in the desert to many. Sunnyvale 
has one newspaper, the Standard, published by A. T. Fetter. The town's latest 
improvement is a new packing house built by the California Prune and Apricot 
Growers, Inc.  It is one the line of Southern Pacific Railroad.  

            In 1920 the South Shore Port Company, with eighty directors 
in Santa Clara County, made ready to finance and engineer the project of 
obtaining a direct waterway for the transportation of the products raised in the 
valley.  Several sites were examined and selection was finally made of Jagel's 
Landing, a few miles north of Sunnyvale.  Work was begun in July, 1920, and will 
be completed this year (1922).  An immense dredger was procured and a canal two 
miles long with a basin 300x600 feet at the landing was started and is now 
nearly completed. Boats of 500 tons will operate in the port and will act as 
feeders of large boats which sail from San Francisco.  This waterway will 
connect three of the richest valley in the State-the Sacramento, San Joaquin and 
Santa Clara.  The officers of the company are: Paul H. Fretz, president; R. B. 
Roll, George Jagel, Jr.; secretary, C. L. Stowell; treasurer, W. 

Transcribed by 
Linda Grettty, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara 
County,California,  published by Historic Record Co. , 1922

Visit the Sunnyvale Heriage Park Museum

Canneries Hold Important Place in Sunnyvale History

F. E. Cornell-first postmaster
Niels Nickolas Nielson-owner of the Sunnyvale Garage
W. K. Roberts-Newspaperman and Justice of the Peace
Granville Savage
Hon C. C. Spalding 

other Santa Clara County Biographies
The First Eichlers-----Sunnyvale Manor


July 16, 2005