My Great Grandfather Claude Stout operated a canning factory in the 1930s to the mid-1940s. My Grandmother, Gwendolyn (Stout) Thompson helped him at the factory by keeping the books. She told me that the factory was shut down after the war because of new regulations that would have required new equipment and expenses that were too much for them to keep operating and the factory had to be closed.
The following photo is of my Great Grandfather Claude James Stout with a group of men who I believe worked at the factory with him.
The following is a letter from the Canner’s exchange that is addressed to the Stout Canning Factory.