1920 drawing 1

The Keva Mattress Company was founded in 1906 as the Star Mattress Company. The company had 3 main lines: the Keva, the Starflos, and the Morpheus. Charles W. Keiver was the president. 3

In 1910, the factory at 3101 Adeline was destroyed by fire. 2 Beginning in 1919, they had a large factory at Claremont and Clifton. 1,4 The name change from Star to Keva seems to have happened about 1926. The location at Claremont and Clifton was used until 1959; the factory was demolished and a Safeway constructed in 1960. 5

There's a Bay Area and Keva Mattress Company in San Leandro, with a sign that says "Since 1945." It's unclear of the connection between the companies, if any. Charles Keiver died in 1948; ads for the Keva Mattress Company on Claremont disappear after 1958.

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Links and References

1929 ad

  1. ad Oakland Tribune March 31, 1920
  2. Fire Destroys Mattress Factory Oakland Tribune November 28, 1910
  3. Mattress Co. Opens Factory Store Here Oakland Tribune May 12, 1929
  4. Star Mattress Moves to Clifton Oakland Tribune September 28, 1919
  5. Construction of Safeway Store Begins Oakland Tribune November 5, 1960