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Letter from James Goldie to "Sirs" [John Edgar McAllister and Ronald Stanhope Dormer], November 28, 1931 Goldie, James Nov 28, 1931

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November 23th. 1931.
Dear Sirs :-
Since last  writtig   ,we have one  letter from Jr.  Me All later
dated  Set),   Oth,
4 statement of this  years  rack is  enclosed. All final
receipts are not  yet   in,   and  some *%£ Homes  and Salome are  still  loose
in arple  boxes at  the Centre. Later we  will send  you a  Statement
of yield  with  detail.
Moisture conditions  turned out nearly as  we had figured
onf  and  the   yield was  very close  to our estimate made  in July.
The   Loss  in  Wealthy was  caused  partly by some of the  trees not sizing
tfce  fruit,   but a  l&t of anples  were  lost  while  picking.       We  were
asked  to  leave our picking until  we could get  colour.  By the  time  we
picked$the apples  were  so loose  that  they dropped  easily.     This   would
have  been all   right  if we had  been able  to get  the advantage of grade,,
by packing  them,   but  in the  end  they were  shipped  in bulk.
Practically the whole Wealthy crop was  sent out  in Bulk this  year.
The aarl^r shipments   were sent out very green,  and  in order to hold  the
market it was  thought neccessarji  to allow them to  ripj^en up andcolour.
The Macintosh exceeded our guess. Throughout  the Valley most  of
the anples  sized better than usual,  but  that  was due largely to a  poor
set of fruit. In our case,the  trees  that had  fruit,set quite heavy
and   were not   thinned hard enm^h  to allow them  to  si?e under the
moisture  conditions. With  sufficient water the yield  would have
been considerably larger.
There was  very little  brown core   this  year but  there  was a great deal
of drought  snot.       On account of drought spot  there was a  lot of fruit
on th*  Romes   ,  Newtown,  Jonathan and Macs,  not picked,
The  picking could have been finished y^f by Oct,21st,     but
to  save  buying boxes  we stopped  the  pickers  for a  few days and did
not  finish until  Oct  the  26th. The  Packing was  finished
on  the  23rd  October. All   was  under cover by Hov.   6th  without
h&tp  from outside  trucks. The  leather was  ideal  for harvesting  the
crop. Chare   fas no  serious  frost  till  well  into ?Jovember,  and of
course  no   rain to bother us.
lagner,   romes  and Salome  were ordered held  loose.   These
were handed  over to   the Vernon Fruit Onion and stored at  the Centre.
The 7.F.U.  have  leased  the Land  Company packing house at  the Centre
for three  years,   and have installed up to  date equipment  for handling
thjfcer own,as  well as  the Company fruit. This house belonging to
the Union places us  in a  much  better position.
111  our handling and  packing costs   $111  sbow^saving over
last  year.        Yages   were  lofer by SOcents   per day on all  operations.
There  was  no  over  time,   ail^jjtha  gang were more  efficient   than usual.
As  soon as  all  accounts  are  In we  will  get out a  ballance  sheet
which  should  show the  costs.
At  the  reak of our financing, the  Demand   Loan from  the  Bank
amounted   to  -522,000.       Two   thousand more  than the  limit. 0 O        < £ J
November 28th.   1931
To   lay the Demand Loan is  |  19,500.
Re have had advances  from  the Union of  |  5,036.
The accounts  payable amount  to about $ 4f000.
It might  be set up in this way,
Lemanl. Loan  from Sank 19,500.
Advances   from V. F.U. 5f036.
Supplies   from V.f.TT. 1,200.
Owing  for box  shook 1,100.
Sundry accounts   payable 2,000.
Estimated  expenses   for Nov,Deo.Jan..Feb. 2t000.
Jrop Returns  will  have  to amount  to 30,336,
to meet Accounts payable.
It  will  be some  time  before anyone  will venture a guess  on
the  final  pool prices. Prices have advanced  lately,   but a good
deal of this  will  be  taken up by storage  charges.       As   I  see it at
the   present  time  we  cannot expect  to  receive more  than |22tQO0.
This  would leave us  nearly in the same position as   fe  wars in last
year. in about a  weeks  time all accounts should  be in and  wo
will  have more market  advice  so   that a  balance  sheet  should   let
us  know where are going to land  at  the etod of our year.
As soon as  the crop was  under cover all  but a couple of men
were laid or^m la are  figuring on doing the minium amount of       .—
pruning,  and  there will  be no spraying until Kerch,  so that our
wage bill  will not  be nearly as much as ordinarly.
I  figure  that at  the end of November our labour account will  be
about  *6,000.   less  than in 1930. And there is very little  in the
way of Capital charges  during the year.
The  fetor question is  still  in the-/Lime  light.       You may
have noticed  in the Vernon Hews that  there^talk of diverting Harris
Creek over into  the  Coldstream which would  fill up Long  Lake.
Unless this  is  '"lone  we will never be allowed  tro  pump out of Long  Lake.
Vernon and  the  '.Vest side of Oyaraa have  been pumping this  year and
the lake is  so low that  unless  there is a good  run off in the Spring
there  will  be no  pumping allowed. 1  am following up this  proposition
but  I  dont see ho* we can afford to put up much money for the  work
of diversion.
Our lator District kent ahead  with the building of a  dam on
crooked Lake. The  cost  will amount  to about  ^13,000.  including
some ditching an d  flume building. This alone  #111  cost  th© Ranch
^200.   for some  yearjto  come.
There have been some  good rains   this  Fall ,  and even no* there
is  a  good   deal  ftf snow in the hills. The  prospects  do  look  batter.
The  condition of  the or^chard  soil  is  much better than last  year at
this   time. Q
{  3rd. )
November 88th. 1931.
I take it that you still receive the Vernon News, the OK bulletin,
and the Crop report issued in Vernon*     If you have looked at these
you will have notice! reports of some of our market difficulties.
Last Fall the t^arketing Act was thrown out.   This Spring the Independents
forme? their own organisation , called the Shippers Council, and got
the Government to set up a Bureau o^ Information.
The idea may be all right if the Shippers would only try to follow up
the idea. Their chief object seems to be to get the big
Co-operative tied up with some agreement regarding prices and rules,
and then hop to it and play the market to suit themselves.
The Associate^ joined up with the Shippers Council, but b$r the time the
Macs, started to move it was seen that they had' made a mistake and
they withdrew.      If the market continues to hold firm the Associated
pool on the late varieties will likely be better than some of the
Independents, but the early pools are bound to be much lower.
The Associated has a large percentage of the Duchess, Wealthy.and
Crabs to handle.  Under any  condition it would be hard for them to
clean up before fifK^jjtjf  or even as soon as the man with a small tonnage
of these varieties.
The old idea of the Associated handling most of the Valley crop
and protecting the Industry seems to be impossible,   It is now a
question of every man for himself.      I have little fault to find with
the Associated. They have made a fair showing on a very  difficult job.
Me  have been looking into the question of operating as individual
Locals on the Hsrfcet.   This might result in the actual returns to
the Valley as a whole being less, but we would at least be getting
nearly the same price.    If something of this kind does not come
about you will hear from me with a suggestion that we go back to the
Nash Mouses through The Landers Co,  Landers is in about the same
position as old Skinner was when we shipped through him.
Before suggesting this however I would like to hear more of this years
market story.
Each week the Associated send out to the Local Managers a circular
letter on conditions.  This letter is forwarded to the growers by our
Union,      I am sending some of these letters on to you. You will
likely find somethings &f interest in them.
Yours truly
James Goldie


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