Fonds - C.R. Bull fonds

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C.R. Bull fonds

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  • 1937-1977 (Creation)
    Bull, C.R., d. 1975

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64 cm of textual records;1 photograph : b&w

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Captain C.R. (Cecil Robert) Bull was born in British India in an area which became first East Pakistan and then Bangladesh. His father was a tea planter and his great grandfather was with the East India Company. Captain Bull was sent back to Scotland (with his two brothers) when he was about five years old and grew up in Paisley, a suburb of Glasgow. A Canadian Pacific Railway poster lured him to Canada in 1911. He settled in Montreal, also working for an insurance company. He had learned to speak French during the seven months he spent in France at the age of 16.;In 1912 his young brother Lovelace enticed him to join him in Kelowna. The day after he arrived, C.R. Bull got a job digging dirt out of an irrigation ditch and was paid $3 per day. The following day he got a permanent job as a teamster with Lynn Harvey who ran two big orchards in East Kelowna. He had joined the Glasgow Yomanry in 1908 and could handle any team of horses. After six months in East Kelowna, he cut wood for Mr. Stirling in Belgo making about $2.50/day. He then got a job as a teamster with the Belgo-Canadian Company.;In 1913 he decided to go to Vancouver and got a job delivering milk in Kitsilano. He subsequently worked for the the Bank of Commerce on the corner of Granville and Hasting Street in Vancouver. He went to Europe to fight in the First World War, where he served with the Royal Irish Fusiliers. He lost his left arm and a kidney during the war and secured 100 percent disability. After the war, he returned to Kelowna. His brother Lovelace had died in the war and left Captain Bull his orchard. Captain Bull was one of the first orchardists in the Belgo, a fruit district adjoing Rutland on the south in Kelowna. In 1945, he sold his orchard in the Belgo to George Whittaker and moved to Okanagan Mission. His property in the Okanagan Mission was known as "Lotus." C.R. Bull had a daughter Mary Bull Rowat (who later became a well known local artist) . His first wife died and C.R. Bull married Frances Joyce Harvey in 1925. She was the daughter of Oliver Harvey of Ascroft. C.R. Bull and Frances Joyce had a child, Tony (Colin Anthony) Bull. Tony Bull married Gillian Larratt.;Captain Bull began representing growers at shippers meetings in 1920. He became a trustee of the Black Mountain Irrigation District in 1922 holding the position for 15 years. He represented irrigation districts at meetings with provincial officials and was vice chairman of the BC Irrigation District for several years. In the mid 1940s he was one of the driving forces in raising money to build the first swimming pool in Rutland (a pool later replaced by the Athans Pool). In 1925 he became director of the Kelowna Growers Exchange, four months later he became chairman keeping that role for 8 years. At the same time, he was a director of the Associated Growers. He worked very hard to obtain central selling for the fruit industry. His lobbying brought him to the attention of Liberal Premier T.D. Pattullo who asked him to run for election as an MLA. He had only attended two political meetings in his life and was not particularly interested but he agreed to stand and was in the BC legislature for four years 1937 to 1940. Captain Bull lost out in 1941 to W.A.C. Bennett.;Captain Bull's disability pension from the first world war prevented enlistment in 1939 so he became Lieutenant in charge of the Pacific Coast Military Rangers at Rutland. He headed the Red Cross and Victory Loan drives during the war serving as chairman of the War Finance Committee. In 1945, he was president and campaign manager of the Kelowna Branch of the Canadian Cancer Society. In 1948, he was campaign manager of the Fraser Relief Fund and directory of the Kelowna General Hospital. Between 1950 and 1954 he was a director of the Canadian Cancer Foundation. He was campaign manager of the Kelowna branch of the Canadian Arthritic and Rheumatism Society from 1947 to 1961. He was a director of the Okanagan Regional Library for many years and manager of a relief campaign for the people affected by the 1948 Fraser River flooding. He was an honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the British Columbia Dragoons. He was also director of Civil Defense Welfare Services. Bull was a dedicated Rotarian who from 1956 to 1958 was a founding director of the Pleasantvale Homes Society. In 1958 Bull was presented with a scroll by Lieutenant-Governor Frank M. Ross for outstanding service to the community during the official opening of the Kelowna Museum. In 1975 Captain Bull died in Kelowna General Hospital at the age of 87.

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The C.R. Bull records were donated by the creator's son, Tony Bull in 2005.

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Fonds consists of the personal records and documents of Captain C.R. Bull from 1937-1977. Fonds includes family history, insurance records, passports, correspondence, speeches, and ephemera. Correspondence and speeches document C.R. Bull's views concerning foreign affairs, post-war reconstruction, and community issues.

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BCAUL control number: KEL-894

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