Last week’s Remember When “mystery photo" showed the Berverdor Inc. office and packing shed at the corner of MacArthur Drive and 11th Street in the late 1940s. The building was originally home to the Dairymaid Creamery, which opened in 1923 and produced condensed milk, evaporated milk and cottage cheese before closing in 1947. The Berverdor firm, founded by pioneer merchant (and Tracy’s first mayor) Abraham Grunauer, farmed on Fabian Tract north of Tracy and shipped a variety of produce, principally asparagus. Frank Hoyt was longtime manager, followed by Gene Berger, a Grunauer grandson. The Berverdor name, used for the firm and a Tracy street, was formed by using the first names of Grunauer’s three daughters: Bertha, Vera and Doris. Kathryn Martin, whose father, John Martin, was ranch foreman for Berverdor for 40 years, responded, as did Wayne Capps.
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