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Antioch in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Cannery Lady

 
 
The Cannery Lady Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, April 21, 2009
1. The Cannery Lady Marker
Inscription. In the early 19th century many canneries operated throughout California. The rich agricultural and fishing areas of east Contra Costa County hosted a number of canneries and packing sheds. The picturesque Antioch waterfront was home to two canneries and one packing shed.
Hickmott Canning Company, also known as Hickmott Foods, was on the river on the East side of town. Western California Canners, later known as Tullie Lewis Foods, occupied the waterfront on the West side of town. Between the two, located adjacent to the railroad, was the Sante Fe Packing Shed where asparagus was packed and shipped to all areas of the country by the Sante Fe Railroad.
The community of Pittsburgh was home to fish canneries, the most renowned being F.E. Booth Canning Company, also established in Monterey, California.
The cannery workers were primarily women that sought seasonal employment. To preserve the history of our canneries, our communities, and to honor the hard working people of East County, the theme of a woman cannery worker was selected.
It is hoped that, through the use of art, we will bind our community together. The Cannery Lady Statue demonstrates our pride in, and recognition of, the contributions made by our earlier residents, the workers of East County.
1996
Friends of the Cannery Worker

Board
The Cannery Lady Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, April 21, 2009
2. The Cannery Lady Monument
of Directors;

James G. Boccio, Chairman
Jim Davi, Vice Chair
Helen Bates, Treasurer
Susan Roberts, Secretary
Faye Curtis
Karen Galway
Helen Meagher
Bruna O’Berry
Elizabeth Rimbault
Renwick Russell

Committee:
Eddie Beaudin
Phyllis Boccio
George Curtis
Earl Hohlmayer
Jill Joseph

Assisted By:
Stanford Davis, City Engineer

 
Erected 1996 by Friends of the Cannery Worker.
 
Location. 38° 1.061′ N, 121° 49.001′ W. Marker is in Antioch, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker is on West First Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located just west of the AMTRAK Station. Marker is at or near this postal address: 800 West First Street, Antioch CA 94509, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. City of Antioch War Dog Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); F & AM - Antioch-Brentwood Lodge #175 Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Birthplace of Antioch (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Woman's Club of Antioch (approx. 0.3 miles away); The McCoy Cook House
The Cannery Lady Monument (Facing East) Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, April 21, 2009
3. The Cannery Lady Monument (Facing East)
Plaque reads:
Antioch Civic Arts Commission
A Program of the City of Antioch
1996
Commissioners
Faye Curtis, Chairwoman
Helen Meagher, Vice Chairwoman
Ramiro Arosemena
Margaret Susan Lowell
Gloria Navarrette
Shirley Smith
Margaret Wilcox
(approx. half a mile away); Antioch High School Cupola (approx. half a mile away); Riverview Union High School (approx. 0.6 miles away); July 4, Anno Domini, 1951 (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Antioch.
 
Also see . . .  Cannery Lady Restoration. A mini-rededication was held recently for the Cannery Lady Statue on First Street in Antioch. The event celebrated repairs completed after the theft of brass plaques in May of 2007. The Antioch Historical Society stepped in to raise part of the money to repair the statue and oversee the design changes and the engraving of all the original names from the stolen plaques. (Submitted on April 26, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
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The Cannery Lady Monument (Facing North) Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, April 21, 2009
4. The Cannery Lady Monument (Facing North)
A list of contributing businesses and individuals are engraved on the back of the monument.
The Cannery Lady Monument (Facing West) Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, April 21, 2009
5. The Cannery Lady Monument (Facing West)
Benefactors, Patrons and Sponsors of the statue are listed.
The Cannery Lady Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, April 21, 2009
6. The Cannery Lady Monument
Red fund raiser tiles make up the foundation of the monument. The sculptor of the statue is named in a plaque at the foot of the statue base.
The Cannery Lady Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, April 21, 2009
7. The Cannery Lady
By
Elizabeth MacQueen
San Luis Obispo, CA
1995
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,739 times since then and 187 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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