Fonds - George Fleming Wilcox fonds

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George Fleming Wilcox fonds

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  • 1888 (Creation)
    George Fleming Wilcox
    Salmon Arm

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66 prints, postcards
4 prints, photographic
3 cm of textual records

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George Fleming Wilcox (b. 1888 - d. 1978) was born March 21 in Virden, Manitoba. He moved to Salmon Arm with his family in 1907 and established the Wilcox Nurseries.

Wilcox homesteaded the E 1/2 of the NE Quarter of Section 25 T 20 R10 W6, and completed his letters patent September 19, 1908. He was listed in the UBC Special Collections Directories as a farmer in 1910.

He married Estelle Leafy Groat in 1914 with whom he adopted one daughter, Betty. Estelle died in 1933 and George remarried in 1947. He wed Edith Scott, who brought two sons into the marriage, Sydney and Cecil.

According to Mary Wetherill (nee Ritchie) George approached her parents for a loan in the 1930s as he was unable to pay his taxes. As such he was $100 short of keeping the farm. The Ritchie’s offered their savings for their winter supply of wood heat ($50) and asked that he make up the difference. Unfortunately, he failed to do so and lost the farm. The Peterson Brothers then acquired the property in a tax sale. After losing the farm, Wilcox moved to Oliver and established a nursery branch there.

Wilcox was widely known for his abilities as a horticulturalist, with a specialty in tulip varieties. He was also a successful teacher of the orchard technique of budding. Other organizations that he was involved in included the Broadview Ski Club and the Social and Dramatic Club (also known as the Dancer Club).

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The fonds is divided into two series and consists of 66 postcards and 4 photographic postcards. All postcards feature correspondence addressed to Wilcox from various people when he resided in Virden, Manitoba and Salmon Arm, B.C.

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