Thomas Gardner Earl (1829-1925)
A '49er who left New Jersey for San Francisco for the gold rush, and then headed up the fraser in 1858 for gold but turned to horticulture. Earl lived in lytton from 1864 till 1912 managing award winning Apple and Pear orchards becoming the first Apple grower in BC of any magnitude with about 300 acres in fruit trees.
|1912 to 1959
David Spencer - R.V. Winch
David Spencer (1837-1920) of Spencer Department store fame (Subsequently bought by T. Eaton) continued orcharding about 17,000 trees until the late 1940's when a spring freeze killed many blossoms and the harvest outlook was grim. David's son, Colonol Victor Spencer (who was in the ranching business and owned a number of ranches including the Douglas Lake Ranch) took the opportunity to remove the apple trees and started a herd "with the prime objective of helping to improve the cattle in British Columbia.". He bred Hazlett bulls and imported stock from England to produce Tone and Lionheart cows.
Winch was a relative of Spencers and owned a parcel upon which he began construction of the Earlscourt mansion in 1912. He employed the notable Maclure & Fox Architects for several projects at Earlscourt. Other notable endeavors of his included building the Winch building in Vancouver from which he ran Winch insurance and other businesses. Winch Grocery existed in 1888 and was famous for it's system of conveying meat.
|1959 to 1962
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