Arthur Thomas Howe
Arthur Thomas Howe, entrepreneur, orchardist, sportsman (b at Pavenham, Eng 27 Mar 1855; d at Vernon, BC 7 Oct 1947). Howe arrived in Canada at the age of 20; after working in the leather trade in Toronto, he formed his own successful tanning and leather goods business, which became a principal supplier to The T. Eaton Company. In 1913 he moved to Vernon, where he built up holdings of fruit orchards, dairy herds and processing plants, and became one of the largest independent farmers in Canada and the largest grower of McIntosh apples in the British Empire. He was responsible for a number of important measures designed to bring order to the troubled BC fruit industry and to establish it as a strong element of the provincial economy.