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EDMUND NUTTING RICHMOND
FRUIT INDUSTRY PIONEER
 
SURNAMES:McPHAIL, BROUGHTON, 

HISTORY OF SANTA CLARA COUNTY   553
A Pioneer in the fruit industry of Santa Clara County who is also a native son, is E. N. Richmond of San Jose, where he was born on July 14, 1878. 
His father was George Richmond, born in England, but wwo became a resident of Canada and in 1864 came to California and engaged in the stock business in the northern part of the state and became a well known rancher in the Sacramento Valley. Upon locating in Santa Clara County he interested himself in the fruit canning industry with the San Jose Cannery, continuing this line of work as the manager of the dried fruit department of the Santa Clara County branch of the J. K. Armbsy Company until his retirement in 1903. He had married Rosalie McPhail, born in San Francisco, the daughter of Andrew McPhail, a prominent business man of that city and one of the pioneers of California. Mrs. Richmond is still living in San Jose, Mr. Richmond having passed away on December 5, 1918.


   Edmund Nutting Richmond attended the public schools of San Jose, but before completing his high school course he left his books in 1896, and entered the employ of J. K. Armsby where he became thoroughly conversant with every branch of the fruit industry, even from preparing the land for palnting, to preparing the crop for the markets, both canned and dried. This experience was most valuable to Mr. Richmond, so much so, that in 1916 he was able to embark in business for himself under the name of E. N. Richmond, continuing with marked success until 1919, when the business was incorporated under the name of Richmond-Chase Company, with Mr. Richmond as president, and E. E. Chase, vice-president. This concern own and operate four large packing and canning plants in this county and a very modern cannery at Stockton, where their San Joaquin Valley business is handled. During the busy seasons the Richmond-Chase Company employ from 1,500 to 2,000 people in the various departments. It is generally conceded that their new concrete packing plant and cannery in San Jose are models of their kind in the entire state. This company also own a number of orchards in the county, although the larger part of their fruit is purchased from the producers. Their output is well and favorably known throughout  the United States for its standard of quality and commands a stable price in the markets of the world.


   The marriage od E. N. Richmond on April 27, 1904, united him with Miss Marie DeEtte Broughton, who was born in Illinois, and they are parents of two sons, Burnell Edmund and Richard Broughton. Mr. Richmond is vice-president of the Bean Spray Pump Company, and a director of the San Jose Building and Loan Association, which has aided very materially in making San Jose a city of homes. He belongs to the Sainte Claire, the Commercial and the Country clubs of San Jose; also the Chamber of Commerce, of which he served as president in 1912-1913; for two years he served as the president of the Board of Edu-
Education. Fraternally he is a Mason and in politics is a Republican in national affairs, but strictly non-partisan in local matters. At all times he is ready to do his part in aiding those measures that have for their aim the upbuilding as well as teh buiding up of town, county and state. It is, however, in the fruit industry where he is best known and counted one of the pioneers in the Santa Clara Valley.

Transcribed by Marie Clayton, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,  published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 553

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