Deas, John Sullivan


DEAS, John Sullivan, salmon canner (b circa 1838, Charleston, SC; d 22 July 1880, Portland, OR). Trained as a tinsmith, he travelled west to the California gold rush, then moved north to VICTORIA in 1862. He was at YALE from 1866 to 1868, and began canning SALMON in 1871 on the FRASER R at Sapperton for Edward STAMP. In 1873 he built his own cannery on what was named DEAS ISLAND. It was the pioneer phase of SALMON CANNING and Deas was an industry leader, the only BLACK man working as a canner...

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