Sunday, September 2, 2012


Pier at Cannery Row, Monterey, California
Photo by Jake Klingler

The next pages in the scrapbook takes my grandmother, Loraine Gunzendorfer, on a field trip to the cannery!

The school went on an excursion out to the cannery and I enjoyed seeing it in operation as I had never been to the cannery before.  Howard took us out in his machine.

Hmmm, wonder who Howard is?  There was a Howard Hatton in her class - wonder if it could have been him?

The machine might have looked something like this.

1914 Model T
Photo by Dave Hamster

The cannery was apparently Pacific Fish Company in Monterey, California as Grandma included this label in her scrapbook.

Pacific Fish Company was the first major cannery in Monterey and was located on Ocean View Avenue, which is now Cannery Row.  The cannery began operation in February, 1908.  Canneries were a booming business during that time - in 1915 all canneries produced about 75,000 cases of sardines and by 1918 they produced 1,400,000 cases. 

Grandma brought home this little souvenir from her excursion.

I'm not sure why it would be better to know more about sardines but I guess this is proof that the more you know, the better.

I love this photo of the girls waiting for some event.  I don't know if they were at the cannery or even if these were her school mates but it was tucked in on this page so I'll just have to guess it was that day.  I find it odd, though, that there are 10 young women and it doesn't look like there are enough places at the table for all of them to sit.  But the table does look lovely!

Loraine Gunzendorfer, seated at head of the table

I love learning about Grandma's adventures!


  1. How interesting to have such an unusual souvenir - I love that she wrote about the cannery visit :-) Jo

  2. Ahh! Monterey! Such a lovely place!

    I love how your grandmother called the car a "machine." And in regards to the table with the too-few place settings for the amount of girls, perhaps there was another table next to that one and they just all gathered around the one table for the photo.

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