Back in the 1920’s my father had an export business… Russell Vogler Export Co. He exported logs to Japan. He was financially quite well set. He had a new home built at the corner of Angus and Forty fifth in Vancouver, and we moved there when I was three years old. I was a little too young to remember, but I was told!
With his business, he had to “get up with the tides” and go to the booming ground. Mom always got up with him and made sure he had breakfast before he left.
Mom was a morning person. So am I, but not as much as she was. She would have pies, or other baking done before anyone else was up. She looked after the house, with no outside help.
She had some hobbies to keep her busy! One of these was painting on china. She had patterns that she would trace on the china wear, and then paint them. I think this was when I had started school, so that she could work in peace!
Years later, on one of my birthdays, she gave me a whole set of hand painted china! I still have some of it, but it is on a shelf over the stove, and I can’t reach it. Luckily, I have pictures, so I can enjoy them without getting them down from the cupboard.
In 1928, when the stock market crashed, they were caught up in it, too… so dad moved our family up to Beaver Valley, in the Cariboo where we could “live off the land” for a few years, before moving back to Vancouver.