Joan Slote's Wedding
The Staff of Allsop and. Davis on the occasion of the Wedding of Joan Slote.
Fred Smith, Jack Kirby, the Bride and J.F.Davis.
Joan was the Firms’s Secretary.
Jack Kirby came back to Ramsey after WW1 and took up a small holding at a place called Daintree nearby. The County Council rented out these holding to provide work for returning servicemen. Jack was no farmer and soon left the land and, in about 1920, took up employment with Allsop and Davis (Farm Produce) Ltd. They were, in effect, wholesalers and there were many such firms in the Ramsey area. They had extensive contacts and members of the staff spent time in Leicester and Jersey buying and selling fruit and veg mainly, we remember, potatoes.
The firm was based in the Great Whyte in the grounds of Mr Davis’s house “Claremont “. In the thirties the firm was taken over by a large Lincolnshire Agricultural organisation but they kept the name. Jack became the Manager and finally a Director. On his death his Widow received over ninety messages of sympathy from friends, business associates and customers.
Fred Smith was wounded in WW1 and walked with a limp and did many jobs for the firm in addition to being the Van Driver.
Joan Slote was a member of an old Ramsey family and was employed as a Secretary.
Jack kept up the tenancy of the small holding but farmed it with a Partner who did the work with Jack providing the seed and fertiliser. The profits were equally shared and Jack said that it ran his car.