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Letter from James Goldie to "Sirs" [Robert Stanhope Dormer and John Edgar McAllister], August 25, 1931 Goldie, James Aug 25, 1931

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 Rainbow Ranche ,
Qkanasan Centra, B.C. Auk. 25th 1931
Dear Sirs :-
Our last  report  sag  dated April  2£nd.     V7e have a letter ^ram
Mr.   Dormer dated June  B9th.       The last  letter  ^rov; V.r.  McAllister was
da tod  April 16th.
The  enclose 1  statement of 1930 Crop Returns  includes all
adjustments  -;nd  rebates.       It  shows  that  the actual net  returns   for
the  cror   amounted   to  131,419.50    or    ^tl,013.7k, more   than  was  estimated
in our annual statement.       This  increase  in  inventory will  be  shown in
the next   annual  Statement as  earnings  from  the 1930 Crop.
'■Vhen making up the  inventory we did try to guess as closely ■•.s  possible
but  we  still had hones  tin t  the  JUtl*  would  prove   tobe much  too  low.
This  season has been a  most trying one owing to  the uncertainly
of the  water supply. The blossom was never better and at one  time
we looked  for a  bumper crop,   but about  the middle of Jlune  we  began to
wonder if it  would  turn out better than 20,000 boxes. The orchards
went  into .the  Winter very dry and were  dry in the Spring,
ft  concentrated on  the  cultivation and  did our best   to  conserve moisture
as much as  possible. The   rater question has been most  critical all
year ani has given us  lots  to  worry about.     In the  Spring the  lakes   were
at  the lowest level  on record.       The  wjfcer  shed  was  explored  thoroughly
on  foot  and by air. No new water was   found,   but  ditches  were made
to   drain  the  water out o^ some o"0  the upper lakes.       The  ditching an 1
some  fairly goad rains  in the  latter part of June  saved us   from a  real
disaster. Our first  satsi^game on June  the 4th.  and we h d nearly
a  normal  flow up  to  Saturday the^BSnd. •       Today wa are  without  water
and  it  still  looks  as  if it would nnver rain. The orchards are  in
fair state  to  stand  for a  while,   and   there  is  still  a  little   water left
in  the  urrer lakes  which  we might  get  for a  later irrigation on e   part
o'p  the land. The orchards   ?re  so uneven  that  in order to arrive  a
reasonable  estimate o^ the'crop it  is necessary to go over the  trees
one  by one.     This Sam,   the Jap,did about  the middle  of July.  He  trired
to  allow for damage  by drouih spot,  brown core,and   for sick  trees.
The  result   is   shown on the ^enclosed   statement,   34,-300. At  the  present
moment  thi^  as  good a  guess  as  one rni.^ht make  today.       With   favorable
weather conditions  this  estimate  will no  doubt  be  exceedei  consideralf.
The orchards have gone back toadly since  you saw them last
year. They h^ve had  two  dry flitters  In succession.     This  in conjunction
with  the  dry Spring and late Spring irrigation has  developed more  drouth
spot ani  die  back  in all  parts  of the  orchard,   and  there has  been less
growth  thrn usual. There   sas a  poor set  and  the  June  drop w~s much
heavier than ever before.       Some  sections  still  look  sick,   but  since  the
Summer Irrigation and thorough cultivation most af the orchard looks
fairly well,  at least  in comparison with, others  in this  end op the  Valley.
7e have  tried  to hold down expenditure  to  the minium in
every way,   but outside o** labor there has  been fjiMHyi 3-tving overlast  year.
Other than n   couple of hundred  dollars  for flume and  the  same amount on
repairs  to Tractor there has. been no  capital  expenditure,
At  the  end o^ July our labor account showed a  saving over last  vear of o o        ■"
-    ( 2 )
Aug. 25 th. 1931.
o*  $2600.   Last year the gang was kept on nearly full time and they
were paid thirty cants an hour.  This vear they have been laid off when
ever they were not absolutely neccessary and the wage has been tweny
five cents an hour.  The work on the khole has also been more efficient.
In planing the orchard work at a time like -this its is difficult to
decide ecnomic and essential thing to do and what can be safely left undone.
The cultivation and irrigation will cost as much If not more than last
year, but this will be made up, we hope, by the condition of trees by
conserving moisture.   All other operations should show a saving in
cash expended.  The young trees have not been neglected in any way.
The harvesting wages are mostly p%5e work and will be goverened largely
by the method of packing the fruit.    No permanent damage can be done
by not pruning this Winter, and it is planned that we  keep on only the
two boss men  part time.
At the end of July our Bank Loan stood at $11 f500. but the
box shook account of last year amounting tosome |35Q0. had not been paid.
This account is being -paid today, it along with the other accounts payable
which have to be met will bring up our Loan to about $16,500. at the end
o^ the month.      le are bound by resolution not to exceed $22f000.
over draft with the bank,   It is just possible that we may get by
with out going beyond this.   Our regular Bank Manager has just returned
^rom a leave of abs/ence and ts do not know how he will look at an
increase in our line of credit.
The market does not look as if there would be much improvement
in prices over last year, but it is reasonable to expect that prices
should not be lower.   This is a Question that we have very little
control over and at this time of year there is no telling what will happen.
Going back to the orchard.   fatar is our chief worry.
Our water shed is really over recorded f but with more storage dams it
looks as If we might insure ourselves of1 a more regular flow of water.
Personally I have spent a great deal of time on this water question,
and have been back in the hills a good deals  and it seems to me that we
should try out the storing proposition before we resort to pumping.
The negotiations regarding building of a dam are almost completed, and
work should start soon.  The cash will be supplied on long term  loan
^rom  the Goverenment,        A lot o^ improvements have been made in tj- :,
system which will save a lot of water.  With a return of normal weather
conditions we should be in a better condition than for some years back,
We will however never  get the best results out on the orchard untill
we have a sure and unfailing supply of water.
The 164 feet difference in level between Okanagan Lake and Woods Lake
pretty nearly puts pumping ,f"rom Okanagan out of ^he question.
This year we would not have been allowed to take water "rom 7/oods Lake,
but there is a move now being made to divert Harris Creek from the
Shuswap to Coldstream and into Long Lake,    If this diversion la made,
the chances o^ us getting a supply ^rom Wooods Lake are good.
By the time thii diversion is male we will know more about what the storage
and improvements on the gravity system will do "or us.
At the present ti^e the Power Co. want $35. per. horse power per year.
It is possible th t this rate may be reduced to about $£3.00 . o o
imj (3.)
Aug. 25th. 1931.
We expect to stafrt picking Wealthy apples on. the 1st of Sep,
They still-show lack o* Colour, and are not sizing very well, it now
looks as If they might go out in bulk cars.
The Crabs turned out 2995 boxes, which is about 500 boxes less than
our July estimate.
The Power  line "nrom Shuswap Falls is now in the Centre and
we have hooked ur the Packing House where it will solve our lighting
and power difficulties.     The line runs around foods Lake to Petries
Corner and also passes close to our house so that if we wish to Pump,
the rower is right on the spot.
le  will endeavour to keep you advised o^ the yield as the
fruit is peeked.
Yours truly,
To J.  2.  McAllister James Goldie.
R.  3.  Dormer


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