Pap and his son, Orville (aka Ozie), packed and marketed their fruit grown on the first 40-acre parcel purchased by Pap, also known as “The North 40”. That packing shed, in use today, stands with much of the original equipment in place near Orville’s farmhouse, which is still surrounded by orchards.
For decades packing and shipping fruit was time-intensive and challenging. Fruit was hauled from many orchard sites in flatbed semi-trucks to packing sheds located on the rail spur in Austin, Colorado. Wooden apple boxes were hand-made on site using tomahawks. The fruit was cleaned, individually wrapped in paper, and carefully packed in the hand-made wooden boxes; each box was loaded on to a rail car, sent from Grand Junction with huge blocks of ice, for distribution.
Beginning with Pap, every generation of the Williams family has been integrally involved in the packing and shipping of fruit out of Surface Creek Valley. Always mindful of the needs of the local farming community, in any given time period, the family established or helped establish packing companies, partnerships and grower collectives.