Re: 1938 Idaho reefer traffic

John Barry

Potatoes were indeed a significant San Joaquin crop.  In 1943 and 1942 the agencies at Stockton originated 2054 carloads of potatoes out of 9661 total originating carloads, Holt 254/805, Middle River 2451/2602, Orwood 447/553.  Even larger numbers originated in the South Valley at Wasco, Shafter and Edison.
John Barry
ATSF North Bay Lines 
Golden Gates & Fast Freights 
Lovettsville, VA


PO Box 44736 
Washington, DC 20026-4736


From: "'Dave Nelson' Lake_Muskoka@... [STMFC]"
To: STMFC@...
Sent: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 9:26 PM
Subject: RE: [STMFC] 1938 Idaho reefer traffic

Hi Don,

But it could also be read as everything came off the SP which could mean those Idahos were Russets from California or Oregon. A lot of potatoes were grown in the ultra soft soil of the Sacramento delta (huge amt of Asparagus farming there too), largely on Japanese-American farms.

Dave Nelson

From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...]
Sent: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 12:34 PM

I came across this random item about refrigerator traffic through Ogden, Utah, in 1938. It appears that the Idaho traffic is likely bound for California over the SP, or over the LA&SL, since eastbound traffic on the OSL would be routed via Montpelier, Idaho, and Granger, Wyoming, and not through Ogden.

August 21, 1938

"Refrigerator Traffic" "Pacific Fruit Express reports about 300 refrigerator cars of fruit moving into Ogden on the Southern Pacific daily. This figure, 10 per cent above the similar period last year, is expected to continue into the last of September, when it will increase to around 500 per day." "At present, about 50 of the daily 300 are grapes. Idaho potatoes make up 100 cars, and onions, green peas, and other products bring the Idaho movements to 135 cars daily." (Ogden Standard Examiner, August 21, 1938)

Don Strack

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