This edited segment from the 1951 documentary, "a Fortune in Two Trunks" tells the story of Louis Pellier, the Frenchman who, along with his brother Pierre, brought the Petite Prune d'Agen to California and began an agricultural legacy that made the Santa Clara valley the dominant fruit-producing region in the world. Fifty years since this film's creation, and nearly 150 since Pellier's agricultural influence was felt on the world, his final resting place is dedicated at Calvary Cemetery in San Jose, California. With this film, and an upcoming documentary on Pellier's life and the story of his misplaced grave and gravestone, the In Grave Danger Gang, the Pioneers Film Archive, and Calvary Cemetery celebrate the "Prune King" of California.
Find the full version of this film in the Pioneers Film Archive at youtube.com/sccpioneers and look for more information and films about Pellier in the coming months.
Visit CaliforniaPioneers.com for more information about the California Pioneers of Santa Clara County and their efforts to preserve and promote local history.
©2011 William Foley