November 29, 2015
November 29, 1916. This month, Alvin, Texas shipped out its first railroad car load of oranges -- by Wells Fargo, of course. Charles W. Benson served the Express for over 20 years at this town near Houston. With a noted "green thumb," he experimented with marketable plants and vegetables and distributed seeds to promote local agriculture. Thanks to Benson's work, Wells Fargo marketed nationwide Alvin strawberries, figs, jasmine flowers, and other produce.