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Letter from J.E. [John Edgar] McAllister to James Goldie, September 9, 1931 McAllister, J.E. Sep 9, 1931

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68  KING   STREET  EAST
Toronto, 2 September 9th, 1931*
Mr. James Ooldie,
Manager,
Rainbow Ranch,
Okonagan Centre, B*C
Dear Mr* Goldie:
Your letter of August 25th has bees* received
with final statements of 1930 and estimate of 34*300 boies for the current
year*
fhe text of your letter deals generally with
the water situation and it is evident this is our most serious problem* I
quite agree that we should await the result of additional storage facilities
before abondcning the gravity water but unless this is ample so that in future
there is no dagger of shortage, there is only one course open to us provided
we are to continue maintaining our orchard. We must also realise that this
gravity system has not been effectually maintained and some day there is going
to occur the serious breakdown whdch would mean disaster to us.
I think you should, as soon as you can, work out
a definite layout for pumping our irrigation water and get prices on the necessary
plant and installation*
3?he statements of 1930 crop returns show a result
which should make us pause and think seriously of future operations* You give
one figure "Actual Loss for 1930 crop year $12f415*81lt* (Phis is more than any
organization could stand if there is any danger of it continuing. One realizes
from your letter that you hate given serious consideration to this and have no
doubt reduced our outlay to the full extent you consider feasible but I think
you should face the probability that for years to come every business which
succeeds is going to be carried on upon an entirely different and more economical
basis than in the past* It is greatly to be regretted that we could not have had
a meeting this year on the property with Capt* Dormer because the situation is so
serious that it will take the best ideas of all of to carry us through without
disaster.
I note that you will keep us posted in regard to the
current yearfs position from time to time*
Please note change of address.
Yours v^ary truly,
JEMcA*R

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