We had about ten acres in oats… the threshing outfit was to come, and neighbours would come and help. The day the man that owned the thresher called to say he was coming that day, Dad had gone to New Westminster… so it was up to me.I went and rounded up a crew, and when the threshing machine was all set up, it was me that was positioned on the stack. I forked all of the bundles into the machine, and the men looked after the rest of it. When dad got home it was all finished and cleaned up. I was pretty tired, but proud of myself for handling the situation as well as I did. I was 17!
Bill Rowse drove the 4X bakery truck that delivered bread to us on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Yes, they delivered bread to your door, and still did in the 50’s when my kids were little. He always had coffee and cake at our place. Sometimes we would do a little target shooting with the 22 rifle… like plugging a nickel at thirty feet!.. or lighting a match! Bill was never too happy about it as I usually beat him at shooting!
Before Christmas they held a turkey shoot at Otter. No, you didn’t shoot the turkey… you shot at a paper target, and the best shot won the turkey. Dad and I went …I was the only female shooting, and the youngest person competing. There were ten men shooting against me… all of them laid out flat on the ground to steady their aim to shoot. I stood… and they laughed and sneered at me…but I had the last laugh… I won the turkey! Dad shot with another group and he won a live goose. Not a bad haul for the two of us!We had a bit of trouble with the goose, and had to lock it up in the woodshed for a couple of days.I spent a week of the summer holidays with Mary Rowse at White Rock. She and the three kids, Jack, Arthur and Joyce, had a cabin, and Bill came down on weekends.
Another summer Ethel Trefry and Isabelle Taylor were staying at our place. Harry and Mary Hipwell, mom’s cousins, came down from Chilliwack to take me back to spend a week at their cabin at Cultus Lake with Rosemary, Bill and Jack. Rather than have me miss out they took Ethel and Isabelle as well. The cabin was right on the Lake so we could go swimming right out the front door. There was a roller skating rink there as well, and we really enjoyed ourselves.
Our next door neighbour, Mrs. Bernstein, organized a Girl Guide Troop. I can remember Joan Flowerdew and I cooking dinner for twelve people at Flowerdew’s in order to get our cooking badges. I also got badges for homemaker, sewing, artist, farmer and horsemanship. We had to pass tests for each category and it was a real challenge working to get each badge.
I remember making Christmas cards and selling them for $1.25 a dozen! I sold eight dozen (96 cards). They were all hand drawn and painted with watercolour.