Established in 1909

Established in 1909

Sort, grade, pack and ship

Established in 1909, the Steuart Fruit Company was the largest independent packing house in Summerland.

Established in 1909, the Steuart Fruit Company was the largest independent packing house in Summerland.

For a time it operated out of the CPR red building on Jubilee Road (where Homeside Video is located) and employed 25 to 30 people at the peak of the fruit season.

Most of the work was done by hand as machinery was expensive and not readily available.

These members of the crew (ca. 1930s) included (from left to right): Billy Haddrell, Doug Steuart, Ed Sayer, Isabel (Steuart) Nelson, Marjorie Tingley, Annie (Steuart) Gowan, Basil Steuart, and Jennie MacDonald. They’d probably be a little overwhelmed by the truckloads of bins that are moving through town today.