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Old Time Apple Growers Collection

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041 ext. 17

239 WFCHS 

Finding aid created by Archives Staff 08/98. Last Revised 05/17. 

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS: Collection is open to all researchers. 

USE RESTRICTIONS: Restrictions may apply concerning the use, photoduplications, or publication of items in this collection. Consult a member of the archives staff for information concerning these restrictions. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright.   

EXTENT: 0.97  linear feet. 

DATES:  1760-1989. 

SCOPE AND CONTENT: This collection contains minutes, photos, papers, reports. The Old Time Apple Growers were formed to preserve the history of fruit orchards and processing of apples in Frederick Co., Virginia. 

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: The Old Time Apple Growers is a group of orchardists devoted to preserving the history of the apple industry in the Shenandoah Valley. 

CITE AS: Old Time Apple Growers Collection, 239 WFCHS, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA. 



BOX 1 

Apple Growers of Winchester and Vicinity, 1926 (2 copies), 1977, 3 items, printed 

Apple Packing Corporation, rough draft of organization, March 5, 1960, 4 items;

17 leaves, typescript (copy); 2 leaves, typescript; 1 leaf, manuscript 

Butler, H.W. and Co., checks, 1946, 13 leaves, manuscript on printed form 

Byrd, Harry F., 2 leaves, typescript; 3 items, printed 

C&S Fruit Company history, 6 leaves, manuscript (photocopy) 

Cather, Wilbur E.—Affidavit—May 9 1933—orchard values for establishment of Shenandoah National Park 

Certificates of War Necessity (WWII), 3 leaves, manuscript on printed form; 1 envelope, printed 

Crawford, C. G. – Correspondence from George Harnden, October 11, 1928, 9 leaves, typescript 

Diseases and pest control, 19 items, 6 leaves, typescript; 17 items printed; 1 bound item, printed; 1 page printed 

Equipment for production, 3 items, printed 

Fairfax (Lord) requiring the planting of apple trees, c. 1760, 2 leaves, typescript; 1 leaf, printed (photocopy) 

“Financing the Apple Industry in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia,” by John C. Blackburn (June 1953), written for Rutgers University as a thesis for The Graduate School of Banking; 135 leaves, typescript 

General fruit production, 11 items printed; 8 leaves printed (photocopy) 

Grape and cherry growing, 2 pages printed; 3 items, printed 

Histories of fruit growing in Virginia, 10 items; 1 printed (2 copies); 22 leaves, manuscript (photocopy); 20 leaves typescript; 22 leaves printed (photocopy) 

Horticulture Society, State and local records, 6 items; 7 pages, typescript (photocopy); 1 page, printed; 3 pamphlets, printed 

Housekeeper’s Apple Book – “197 Delicious Health Giving Apple Recipes…” issued by Advertising Committee, International Apple Shippers Association, Baltimore, MD, n.d., c. 1930’s, printed 

Magazine articles, 2 items, printed (including the following):
-- “Apples, the new crop heavy on the old orchard trees,” photographs by Bradley Smith, article in Life, unknown date, 4 pages, printed
-- “Dr. Thomas Walker: Frontier Explorer” by Freeman H. Hart, article in The Commonwealth, October 1960, 4 leaves, printed (photocopy) 

Mattus, George, news clippings, 5 leaves, printed (photocopy) 

Miscellaneous, 3 items, printed 

Motz, Frederick A., correspondence, March 29, 1984, 3 leaves, typescript; 4 leaves typescript transcript, 1 envelope, typescript 

National Apple Institute (including the following):
-- Apple Marketing Conference, May 3 and 4, 1960, 1 item, printed
--  32nd Annual Meeting Program, June 11-13, 1967, 1 item, printed

National Fruit Product Company, 1 item, printed

News clippings, 3 items, printed, 1 item, printed (photocopy) 

Preparation of Barreled Apples, Farmer’s Bulletin 1080, U. S. Department of Agriculture, September, 1919, 22 pages, printed 

BOX 2 

Old Time Apple Growers Association meeting reports, 10 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

Peach Growing, 9 items; 6 booklets, printed; 11 leaves, typescript 

Piedmont Virginia Fruit Growers Association, 1 item, printed 

POW camp religious services, 2 leaves, typescript 

Railway Express Agency Dock Book, 1 item, manuscript on printed form 

Rappahannock Co-op Fruit Growers, Inc., letterhead stationary, 3 leaves, printed 

Recipes, 2 pages, printed; 5 booklets, printed 

Recipes, 6 items, printed 

Rodent Control, 8 items, 6 booklets, printed; 6 leaves, typescript; 7 pages, typescript                                

Shenandoah Apple Cooperative Annual Reports, 1982, 1984, 1985, 4 items; 3 booklets, printed; 1 leaf, printed 

“Standard Barrel and Grades for Apples,” U.S. Congress, House of Representatives Hearings, April 1912, 1 booklet, printed

Survey – Frederick County Commercial Orchard Survey, September, 1937, 1 page, typescript 

USDA publications (include the following):
-- “Apple and Peach Industries of VA,” 1926
-- Handling Apples From Tree to Table,” 1942
-- Incomes from Farming and Cost of Apple Production in the Shenandoah Valley, Frederick County, VA,” 1927, 3 items, printed; 4 leaves, printed (photocopy) 

Virginia Cavalcade article 1960, “Big Business from Little Apples,” 1 item printed; 6 leaves, typescript 

“Virginia Fruit,” published by VA Horticultural Society, 1928, 1929, 1985, 3 items, printed 

Virginia Fruit Marketers Cooperative – includes 1959 By-Laws, 1 manuscript on printed form; 2 postcards; 1 booklet, printed; 4 leaves, printed; 45 leaves, typescript (copy) 

Winchester Apple Growers Assn., Inc. Records, 1960-1962, 1 leaf, manuscript; 18 leaves, typescript; 21 leaves, typescript (copy) 


Labels for Products of National Fruit Production Company Inc. (Cans, Jars, Barrels, and Boxes) (includes the following): 

-- Capital Brand – National Fruit, Box Label, 7 items
-- Memorial Brand – National Fruit, Box Labels, 2 items
-- Mt. Vernon – National Fruit, 1 Barrel Label, 2 Box Labels, 3 items
-- Suntint – National Fruit, 2 Jar Labels, 2 Box Labels, 4 items
-- White House- National Fruit, 7 Jar Labels, 4 Can Labels, 3 Barrel Labels, 14 items 

Labels for Products of Various Other Fruit Production Companies ( include the following): 

-- Apple Manor – oil paper wraps, 2 items, leaves printed
-- Apple Pie Ridge – Bond Bro; King Brand – C.W. Ridgeway; Gold Medal Brand; Rothwell--- ---- Gatrell Fruit Co., Box Labels, 3 items
-- B & B Apples H.W. Butler & Bro., Winchester, VA; Box Labels, 4 items
-- Blue Goose, Rumsey, Shepherdstown, WV; Jar Label, 1 item
-- Byrd – Rosemount; Box Labels, 10 items
-- Eagle Brand Apples – Dr. A.B. Eagle, Martinsburg, WV; Jar Label, 1 item
-- Hearty Brand Apples - Hearty-Virginia, Inc.; Barrel Labels, 2 items
-- Hunger-Kill – James E. McDonald, Martinsburg, WV; Jar Label, 1 item
-- La Perla – G. Linder & Co. – USA; Barrel Label, 1 item
-- Orchard Boy, Box labels, 6 items
-- Princess Lodge orchard – Dr. P.W. Boyd, Winchester, VA, USA; Box Labels, 3 items
-- Shenandoah Apple Co.-Op, Inc.; Various labels, 56 items
-- Snap-Son, Plastic Bag, 1 item 

Miscellaneous Apple Items (includes the following): 

-- “Apples” – Promotional Material, Large folder, 2 items
-- “Apples” – Promotional Material, Small folder, 21 items
-- Ideal – Universal Fountain Brush Co., 1 item
-- Instructions for tray packing apples in bushel boxes, 1 item
-- Pickers tickets and Tally Book, 11 items
-- Price List for Apples – Sept. 4, 1912, 1 item
-- Virginia State Horticultural Society – Membership button and ribbon, Jan 13-14, 1915, 1 item 

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