Fonds - R. Turner and Sons fonds

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R. Turner and Sons fonds

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  • 1935 - 1961 (Creation)
    R. Turner and Sons
    Salmon Arm

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10 cm of textual records

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Robert Turner was born in Ireland in 1868, immigrating to Canada in 1888. He apprenticed as a blacksmith in Ontario. Turner later took on work with the CPR as a second cook in the dining car. He came to Salmon Arm and bought 70 acres from Alex Paul just east of 8th Ave. NE. By 1906 the orchard was thriving, growing Red Astrachans, Duchess Kings, Golden Russets, Northern Spy, Peewaukee, and Seek-No-Further apples. Turner name his operation "Coraghwood Orchard".

Robert married Maude Louise in 1907, youngest daughter of Alexander and Agnes McGuire. Maude arrived with her family in 1890. The couple had four children: Edward Charles, Marjorie Eglah, Ronald Hudson and Alexander Robert (Sandy).

Robert joined the Salmon Arm Farmers' Exchange in 1907, but for reasons of economy resumed packing his apples at the farm. In 1935 Turner purchased the E.A. Palmer warehouse and used the Turner label on all his boxes. The limited corporation R. Turner and Sons was formed in 1936 and the Turner label was used on fruit boxes after that time. Correspondence from the mid 1930s bears the name R. Turner & Sons. The packing house was enlarged, adding a cost storage plant in 1938. Further expansions took place in1940 and 1948.

During the peak years, Turner's packing business shipped 66 car loads of apples nationally and internationally. R. Turner died in 1950 during the "Big Freeze" which eliminated many of Salmon Arm's orchards. His son Eddie C. Turner succeeded as President of the R. Turner and Sons Ltd, while Eddie's wife Eileen M. Turner was Secretary and Eddie's brother, Ronald H. Turner, remained as a Director. Other family members held shares in the company. Many land transactions and mortages were conducted by this company, mostly from the original piece of land in the hospital area. Eddie Turner became Reeve of the District of Salmon Arm and served for almost ten years in the 1950s. After Eddie's death, brother Ronald Turner succeeded Eddie in the business.

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The fonds consists of personal records of Robert Turner; business records including correspondence, shipping forms, receipts, labels, account sales, cancelled cheques, shipping agreements, licences and related documetns, papers on orchard analysis, a grower's account, an insurance form, blank forms, and unused stationery; memoirs of Ronald Turner.

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  • English

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BCAUL control number: SAM-375

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