John West

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

John West was born in Linlithgow, Scotland back in 1809. Sometime before 1849 he immigrated to Quebec, Canada working as a millwright. In 1849, he left his family and job for the California Gold Rush. A year later with little gold for all of his efforts he again moved to Astoria, Oregon working again as a millwright.

By 1853, his wife had joined him where they bought 640-acres along the lower Columbia River. He built a steam-powered sawmill in the early 1860’s. The Westport Lumber Company remained in operation until 1956. In 1857, he was the first to process salmon, packing them in barrels and transporting them around the world. In 1873, his company packed some 22,000 cases of salmon, winning a gold medal from the Oregon Agricultural Society.

What you may not know about John is that he invented an automated can-filling machine to make use of salmon waste for oil and fishmeal by-products. His company still operates today but in England. John West foods of Liverpool, they now can fish, fruit, vegetables and meat all over the world.

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Comments (15)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray another item we all take for granted.... 

Oct 29, 2018 03:51 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I can taste the coho salmon from that area just reading this.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Oct 29, 2018 04:19 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That is quite the enduring heritage to creat a business lasting that long.

Oct 29, 2018 04:29 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Now I know a bit more of what I use to take for granted! Enjoy your day! 

Oct 29, 2018 04:29 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Great ideas can stand the test of time.

Oct 29, 2018 05:59 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

That's quite the story, James.  This man and his company made the great circle route starting out in Scotland and ending up back in the olde country.

Oct 29, 2018 06:26 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I am astonished of this man’s accomplishments so long ago and that he packed up and moved to England, James...

Oct 29, 2018 07:30 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. I learned a lot with this. I hope you have a great day.

Oct 29, 2018 08:07 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James,  Another winner of a man that did good and started with not much.


Oct 29, 2018 09:33 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, that is definitely interesting, especially since I now like to eat salmon, haha.

Oct 29, 2018 10:10 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - Things like canning we may take for granted, but it took someone with vision to bring it to the world.

Oct 29, 2018 01:39 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a story you shared with us, I love how the business started in Oregon, and back to England.  A

Oct 29, 2018 02:00 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James-it's important for us to read about these people because we it helps us appreciate some of the things that we do take for granted. 

Oct 29, 2018 07:04 PM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Another interesting post of someone I did not know about before James Dray .  Thank you for this on John West and his accomplishments!

Oct 29, 2018 07:13 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Now that is trivial trivia James Dray . I never heard his name before and I bet I never hear his name again.

Oct 30, 2018 02:17 PM