Booba Harowitz: Peddling in Vancouver

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Swartz Bros. Wholesale Fruit and Produce delivery truck
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Interviewee: 
Harowitz, Booba
Location: 
Richmond, BC
Interviewer: 
Berger, Jackie
Date: 
Wednesday, July 17, 2002
ID: 
Digital audio recording #: 20.02-03
 
 
 
 
 
 
JB:          And what did your father do when he got to Vancouver as his occupation?
 
BH:         Well he did what everybody did when they first came, he peddled. Which means he went out, got old, used things and sold them to, by the pound, rags or metals or whatever. But many people, men, who came had no education, at first didn’t have any language, stayed with the junk business, but my father loathed it with a passion, and he was very ambitious, worked very, very hard, and in no time he had graduated from a little push-cart to a horse and wagon, and shortly after that, it wasn’t long before he got rid of the horse and wagon and got a motor flatbed, a little motor truck and that’s when he began to go further afield, and he went into the Okanagan, not the Okanagan Valley, the Chilliwack, you know around the Chilliwack area…
 
JB:          The Lynn Valley?
 
BH:         Oh no, Lynn Valley is on the North Shore.
 
JB:          Fraser Valley?
 
BH:         The Fraser Valley, right. And he principally went to buy sacks, used sacks from feed and grain and so on from the farmers, it’s all farm country, and noticed that an awful lot of them had orchards on their farms and the fruit wasn’t being picked. So he asked around and found out that they couldn’t find pickers, it was too difficult for them. So anyway, he was a very enterprising man, he hired pickers and used his truck and transported cases of fruit, picked fruit, into Vancouver, sold them, and this went on for awhile and then he opened a big fruit and vegetable wholesale. And in the summer he’d haul stuff in from the Fraser Valley, and all year round he would import stuff from the States or from wherever it came. And he had, the rest of his life he had a fruit and vegetable wholesale.

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