Lena and Al had the only electric lights for miles around… even in the barn!. Al had a delco system and had the creek diverted with a water wheel that he used to charge the batteries. It seemed to me that Al could do anything… and he could!
He had a complete irrigation system set up… just by moving a few rocks he’d change the course of the creek and water the garden or the meadow. The creek also ran through the pasture and the corral in front of the barn to water stock that happened to be in there. The ones out on the range would periodically head home and into the big corral for the salt block. This gave Al a chance to see that they were in good condition.
Their house was one main room, kitchen and sitting room together, a large pantry and a bedroom on the main floor. Very steep steps to the upstairs where it was divided into two bedrooms.. You had to go through the one at the top of the stairs to get to the other one. I slept up there, in a feather bed! That was really great, but you had to fluff it up every day when you made the bed.
There was a covered over porch with a washing machine out there.
They had this great root cellar. It was dug into the side of the hill and the roof was all sodded over. It kept really cool in the summer and kept the vegetables from freezing in the winter. There were big bins full of vegetables in the fall, but by the time winter was over and fresh produce was available from the garden, the supply in the root house had dwindled considerably.
They had a grainery for storing wheat, etc.. They also used it to store case lots of canned goods that Al brought in from Williams Lake…. Enough to last them through the winter. There was a garage of sorts added to the side of the grainery.
I don’t remember why it was the last time… maybe Mom and dad needed me at home… maybe Lena just had too much to do after the kids started coming. Anyway, it was a very special part of my life, and I am ever grateful to Lena and Al for their kindness to me.
They had three children, Elsie, Allan and Leslie. I’m including photos of hem, taken many years ago.