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James Goldie Obituary, June 1971 [unknown] Jun 30, 1971

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 JAMES GOLDIE - Okanagan Centre, B. C. 1877 - 1971
James Goldie was born In Ayr, Ontario on November 4th, 1877* He
was the fifth son and fifth child of ten children. __
His first working years were spent with the family's Milling Company,
chiefly selling flour in the maritimes*
In 1907 he came out to British Columbia and spent a short time in
Prince Rupert* He then went to Penticton where he worked in the office
of Mr. Hugh Leir's lumber mill* His next job was pulling out young peach
trees that had died as a result of a hard winter and which had to be
disposed of as soon as possible so that the land on which they had been
planted could be readily sold* From Penticton he also rode briefly for
Val Haines on one of the last cattle drives to the mining towns in the
Boundary country.
It was in Greenwood that he renewed his acquaintance with a Toronto
J* E* McAllister, —ol^aaj^w^ c^xta.^^^su^ol^,
business man/who commissionedhim to report on his investment in the
Eainbow Ranche at Okanagan Centre. The ranch at that time was jointly
owned by McAllister, F* Hewer and R*~Dormer, Hewer being the resident manager*
The outcome of this investigation was that in 1908 F* Hewer sold his share
in the Rainbow Ranche to Ja_Ses Goldie, who became the resident manager*and
who continued in that capacity until 1948 when the ranch was subdivided*
James Goldie became much involved with the fruit industry, being one
of those who worked so hard for the central selling concept* For many
years he served on the Boards of The Vernon Fruit Union, The B* C. Fruit
Growers Association, The B* C. Tree Fruits and The Winfield Okanagan
Centre Irrigation District* In the early days he was also a school trustee
and a member of the cemetery board*
In 1913 he married Jessie M* Ross of Toronto and for the next
fifty-seven years they lived together in the house on the lakeshore,
at the bottom of the Rainbow hill*
He died in June 1971, having been pre-deceased by his wife the
previous summer*

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