Fonds CR-110 - Holmes family fonds

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Holmes family fonds

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  • 1906-[ca. 1955] (Creation)
    Holmes (family)

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5 cm of textual records

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William Wanless Holmes (1864-1933) and his brother John Stuart Holmes (1862-1938) moved from Dirleton Ontario to the lower Fraser River in British Columbia in the mid 1890s. John is listed as farming in the Delta in 1899, and by 1901 William joined him. Although William had another farm on Lulu Island (No. 1 Road and Blundell, Richmond), he continued to manage the farm in Delta together with his brother. The brothers' sister Katherine Macintosh Holmes also came west and lived on the Delta farm. In 1907 William married Minnie Amelia Fooks (1875-1966) from Sumas. William and Amelia had one son, John Stuart Locke (1910-1972), who did not marry. The Holmes ran a prosperous dairy and grain farm on Crescent Island on 52nd Avenue (Holmes Road). William actively marketed his produce, working as a dealer for the Crescent Island B. C. Hay and Grain Growers' Association and becoming a member of the Fraser Valley Milk Producers' Association in its first year of operation in 1917. Shortly after the death of the two brothers, Amelia and Locke sold the five tax lots making up the farm to the Nottinghams (1945), and Amelia, Locke and Katherine settled in Ladner at 5058 47A Street (the Fawcett House). Locke worked as a general excavator, eventually owning a gravel pit at the foot of 72nd Avenue in Cougar Canyon. His ability to manipulate tractors, bulldozers and cranes made him a valuable asset to the community. Locke was a member of Delta Lodge No. 21 I.O.O.F. and the Delta Volunteer Fire Department. His mother Amelia travelled a great deal. Locke eventually moved to 1767 57th Street, Beach Grove, where he passed away.

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The fonds consists of records generated by farming operations on the Holmes farm on Crescent Island, Delta, and by Locke Holmes' later activities after the farm was sold. The farm records are largely from the years 1910 to 1921 and include financial records, correspondence, and reference and miscellaneous material. Locke Holmes' records are few and give a general indication of his activities. The records have been arranged in the following series: financial records; Crescent Island B.C. Hay and Grain Growers' Association records; correspondence; reference and miscellaneous material; and Locke Holmes' material.

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BCAUL control number: DMA-347

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