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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1961-1964
Collection/Fonds
Don McQueen fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
99 photographs + 1 folder of textual records
Storage Location
MSS193
Photo catalogue 588
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of a scrapbook organized by Don McQueen containing photographs, newspaper articles and clippings from the Fraser Valley Milk Producers Association newsletter "Fraser Valley Milk Break". The scrapbook documents and chronologizes the planning, construction and implementation of the Fr…
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1961-1964
Collection/Fonds
Don McQueen fonds
Physical Description
99 photographs + 1 folder of textual records
Description Level
Fonds
Storage Location
MSS193
Photo catalogue 588
Access Restriction
In Archives only
Reproduction Restriction
No reproduction permitted
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of a scrapbook organized by Don McQueen containing photographs, newspaper articles and clippings from the Fraser Valley Milk Producers Association newsletter "Fraser Valley Milk Break". The scrapbook documents and chronologizes the planning, construction and implementation of the Fraser Valley Milk Producers Association Plant located on Lougheed Highway in Burnaby as well as providing some background history on this organization. The Fraser Valley Milk Producers Assocation (FVPMA) was organized by farmers to protect the quality and price of milk. It was granted its charter on June 18th, 1913 and the organization was represented by farmers of every district in the Fraser Valley with 22 locals. In 1919, the Association purchased manufacturing plants and a milk company and in 1920 the firm acquired another milk company and condensery. In 1923, the FVPMA became the first Canadian dairy organization to establish a quality control laboratory and employ a bacteriologist and in 1943 the Association established Dairyland dairies. The original headquarters for the FVMPA was located at 425 W. 8th Avenue in Vancouver and as a result of FVMPA's growing success and need for expansion, a modern plant was opened in Burnaby in 1964. The four million dollar plant was built on a 24 acre site located at Sperling and Lougheed Highway. This location also housed the association's head office, the Dairyland Fluid Milk Division plant and offices, the Arctic Ice Cream Division plant and offices and the Concentrated Milk Division (Pacific Evaporated and Powder) sales and offices. The facility included a processing plant, service block, garage, primary and secondary mechanical and electrical services as well as air conditioned office space. The general contract to build the plant was awarded to John Laing and Son (Canada) Ltd. and was overseen by the FVMPA engineering department, headed by D.R. McQueen, P. Eng.
History/Biography
Don McQueen was born September 7, 1918 in Wilkie Saskatchewan and was the son of Thomas Kerningham McQueen (1873-1948) and Ethel (Badley) McQueen (1889-1981) and brother to Tom Alexander McQueen (1920-1999). In 1924 Don moved with his family from Wilkie, Saskatchewan to North Vancouver until 1930 when they moved to Burnaby. In 1942, Don moved back to North Vancouver and in 1951 he settled in West Vancouver. As a child, Don attended Queen Mary Elementary School in North Vancouver, followed by attending Burnaby North High School and completing a degree in Engineering at University of British Columbia in 1948. Don married Rosina Amelia Hewett in 1942 and together they had four children; Donald James McQueen, Rose Anne McQueen, Robin Elaine McQueen and Robert Douglas McQueen. Following the death of Don's first wife, Rosina in 1966, Don was married three more times, beginning with Laverne Cyr, followed by Marian Schreiber and Gregoria Noble. During World War II, Don worked at Boeing Air Craft building planes and after the war from 1945 until 1948, he worked at the shipyards in North Vancouver. In 1948 he joined Dairyland which was affiliated with the Fraser Valley Milk Association (FVMPA) working as the head of Engineering until his retirement in 1980. Building the Fraser Valley Milk Producers Association plant which opened in 1964 was a highlight of his career where he was employed as the lead Engineer in creating a state of the art plant located at Lougheed Highway and Sperling Avenue in Burnaby. Don spent three years directing research investigations into modern dairies and ice cream plants throughout Canada and the USA. This plant served the Fraser Valley Milk Producers Association for many years to come and his dedication resulted in giving hundreds of hours of overtime for which he was never paid. Don belonged to the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C. (APEGB) from 1948, was a founding member of the Hollyburn Country Club in West Vancouver and between 1950 and the 1960s was a director on the board for the West Vancouver YMCA. Don had many hobbies including Russian ballet, kinesiology, drawing, photography, sailing, canoeing and taught ballroom dancing and downhill skiing. He competed in fencing in the Empire Games in the 1950s and was slated to canoe for Canada in the 1940 Olympics but was prevented by the war. He was a carpenter and handy man beginning with building his first sail boat at 12 years of age and later enjoyed building and restoring furniture.
Media Type
Textual Record
Photograph
Creator
Don McQueen
Notes
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