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Letter from James Goldie to Bob [Robert Stanhope Dormer], February 13, 1932 Goldie, James Feb 13, 1932

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■Feb. i3th. 193k.
^ear Bob;-
Very gla • to have your letter of Jan. £3ri.
The Perkins letters are interesting.   The next time I am in Vernon
ill see Chambers and quote him some of the contents, and will
write you afterwards.      I understand that George Barrat is back
from  England.   fh*n I get the Chance will talk to him of the
aifferent points you bring up.        It is true,as Perkins says,
that we did not have enough small si^es this year to ship as much
as we would have liked to the Old Country.   I understand that
every box of suitable slae was exported, And larger si^es than
usual were sent over. For some reason the Valley as a whole'
produced a greater proportion of large sizes than it has done for
years.  The kron was also lighter.   In 1930 we, personally,shipped''
20 c rs of Jonathan , Inl931 we shipped 9 cars of Jonathan.
Our yield in 1930 was 17435 boxes including Bulk
..  *, 1931  ..  9270  ..
The Jonathan pool has just closed and the small Slaas { 175 s.and smaller
net us ten cents more than the larger slaes, most af which were shipped
to our home market.   Our Account Sales for Jonathan, after full
amount of deductions have been taken off, some of which will be rebated,
net us on the average 79 cents per  packed box.  This means about one
cent a pound.
The following are the noo) prices
S3- / for XFI*. |    |li©S% for XF3.
78i $     .. PM.  j       *•§§   ..  IS*
53" i    f-2 QXttf*j      .08^  .. 0SX*3.     .51/ for Household.
From what I can learn our deal through the'Perkins Co. is
going to turn out much better than the FOB* or cosignment to Auction
proposition which the Independent use*  I mean for the 1931 crop.
Chambers is convinced that a deal such as we have with Perkins is
better than sending the fruit over to the Auction.
Jithout a definite and regular supply of fruit I can see where Farkind
could not work up a staedy business with accounts such as you speak
of in Newbury.   About eight or nine years ago a fellow came out to
the Associated with a proposition to handle the deal by Truck out
of Stafford, Park but nothing came of it.    This last year or two
the regular channels of fruit trade has been badly up set by this
Trucking business in the United states.   There is no doubt that
the motor truck and Ohato Stores are going to make a big change in
the present method of distributing all kinds of merchandise.
If one had arrangements for storage and handling at the Fort it seems to
me  that a trucking business could be worked, but of course there
is always the uncertainty of supplies.
I its sorry that the Macintosh did not arrive in better shape.
I have no record of when they wars pickedfbut after they were packed
they lay around the packing house for about a week before thay were
taken to Vernon to be put in Hold Storage,  Thay seemed to be in good
condition when shipped.   Bob f ant worth sent some over from the same
lot, and we will have a report on them before long.
The Macs, held in cold storage in the Valley and also in the eastern
paints have remained in good condition.   There is Still a lot of
"acs unsold, but they are going on the market in i . I shape. o
(   *«   )
R^S.D.   Feb 13th. 193E.
It now looks as if we would have some preference on the British
market.  There will however he aerious opposition to it from, the
Jew fruit dealer in Britain aided by the support of the American
fruit grower and dealer.      A reasonably safe- market in Britain
would insure a much larger shipment from Canada than has ever been made
in the past.   from the Okanagan anyway there would certainly be
much more shirred. This wdmld relieve our home market and give us a
chance to make a living.
Your suggestion of me  going over to Sngland is much approved of
by Jess.  I doubt if the Banker would look at it in the same way.
Jess says that she hopes you keep on suggesting this trip, as she
thinks that it is the only way that she will ever get to England.
The Aga Cooker sounds most interesting, and might prove to be
more servlcable than gas or  power.    I think that I told you in
one of my letters that we had had a real blow out last Spring after
the Power Line came through.   Va now do all the cooking on an
electric stove, and have la keep a small stove in the kitchen for
heating the room and the hot water tank.  Last Summer we did not
light a fire as the water is also heated by the power.
The kitchen also contains a refrigerator which seems to keep things
indafinitly.    The above as well as pumping water and sweeping etc.
costs about eight dollars on the average per month.   I figured that
the old kelco plant was costing us nearly seven dollars a month.
The rower has male the house work very much easier far Jess to handle.
I have not. hear1 Trom  McAllister since Js.nm  7th until just now
a letter has arrival in regard to the Company reorganisation.
His oldest boy has been quite ill , an d will be an invalid for some
time.  I gather also that he has fieen hit hard by the stock market.
He has sent you a cony of his letter in regard to the forming of a
new Sompany 4s a Family corporation.  I hail this in mind after we
wound ur the present Company.   Our first proposition,as i figured,
was to get rid o^ the SuAus and advances to Shareholders.  I think
that this can not be done without winding-up process.  I am writing
to him about this.
for about ten days we had soma cold weather but for the last two weeks
it has been bright and fine, just about the free^inf point,  le ^re staying
very close to our own ^ire si !a this Winter, only going to Town on
business.   Eoney is very tight in the Valley and a great number of the
farmers are right up against it#   I do not. know how some of them will
be able to carry on unless conditions change so that the Banks feel
that there is a chance o^ than making some money this year.
In Washington the conditions are much worse than with us.
I hore that if your brother comes this w^y that he will have time
to stop o^f to see us.
Ilth best wishes from US both.
Yours sinceraly,

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