Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Vintage Wooden Egg Crate

When I was under 6 years old my Aunt Alyce was in charge to the hens and eggs on the ranch. She had egg boxes for moving eggs for storage and to the small village store. The little 'uns were not allowed to go into the hen house so of course we did and we did get pecked when we tried to find eggs.


Below is our home when we lived on the ranch, but a life time later. This was taken in 2010 at a family reunion. You can see the turnstyle my Auntie Lee added to the garden plot. It made for a hands free entry and still kept wandering stock out. Auntie Lee has maintained this ranch house and used it for guests, workers and families who were working on the ranch seasonally.


My Dad built the foundation and had the house moved to the site in about 1946. My Mom had a wonderful flower garden in the yard. I don't know how she did all the work she had to do and then still had time for beauty.

It would have been interesting to understand the division of labour on the ranch, with two ranch houses (Wilf and Dick), and by 1956 Bill and Lee joined in the shared partnership. My Dad left the ranch and the partnership in 1956 and took his family to Saskatchewan where he studied for the Ministry.

I know my Mom worked from first light to dark as did everyone on the ranch. The ranch garden was huge, in its own fenced area. Canning. Freezing. Drying. Enough had to be harvested to last the ranchers, crew and families for the winter. Beef and Pork were also part of the harvesting and storing. I remember being allowed to cut fat off the pieces of meat (with a paring knife) before my Mom froze meal sized packages.

Back to egg boxes. Love this one. I've been storing it for about 7 years and decided it was time to pass it on so I took it to my booth this morning. This box shows evidence of many years of use by various families.



The lid was held on by a piece of Z shaped wire, a turn and pivot latch on both sides.



A small trip down memory lane. I am very grateful that I was able to attend that family reunion. The last one for Auntie Ruth. The last gathering of the family.


Wilf married Alyce, Bill married Lee, Ruth married Wilf, Dick married Ruth and David married Connie. They are the children of the original ranch owners, Harold and Florence. Such history. My dad, Dick, is the last child still living. Aunt Lee and Aunt Connie still live on their 'home ranches' but both of the two ranch lands have been sold and the home area with barns and outbuildings are all that is left of that history.

I find it interesting that an egg crate would bring out so many memories. Different from the adult perspective than the under 6 year old's viewpoint.

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11 comments:

  1. You never know what is going to spark a memory. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

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  2. I would love to have a vintage egg box! How nice that your's brought back such happy memories. Even the getting pecked part is fun to remember! ~ Maureen

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  3. The wooden egg crate, and your childhood memories, remind me of my grandfather who raised chickens, so I understand the "connection". Love the memories of rural farm life.

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  4. Such a simple box to evoke such beautiful memories. Came over from Primp.

    Distressed Donna Down Home

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  5. Joy, thank you for reviving those memories. Of we (us?) kids, only you were old enough to remember life on the ranch.I always loved being there as an adult, though, listening to the aunts and uncles talk and talk and talk.Such a different way of life.I'm glad to have had the opportunity to "interview" Auntie Ruth a couple of years ago, and of course, Dad is a wealth of stories.

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  6. I greatly enjoyed your trip down memory lane. It is good to record and hold on to the memories.

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  7. Hi Joy!

    Sometimes the smallest things trigger memories. Just today I saw a commercial that had draperies in the background. The pinch pleats reminded me of the HEAVY (french vanilla colored with a woven pattern) draperies of my childhood. I sat there thinking what wonderful pillows they would make...

    I am still in the process of going through my mother's and father's childhood pictures. Quite a process.

    I Enjoyed your story today. Thanks for sharing at my party :)

    xoxo Bunny Jean
    Wednesdays Bunny Hop Party!

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  8. Joy, this was a fascinating post. I loved hearing about the history of the ranch and what life was like for everyone. Thank you!

    xo
    Claudia

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  9. I just loved your post and hearing the story of your family members on the farm. I always find other people's memories so interesting and am glad to know someone has them preserved in print. Hard to think about that way of life disappearing and the last of the generation waning. You should pull out some other old stuff and see what memories ensue. I'd love to read them.
    Liz

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  10. Oh wow how neat to have a piece as a reminder. I don't know if I could part with it. Thank you for joining us at Cap Creations. Have a great weekend.

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  11. Thanks for sharing this wonderful story on Simple & Sweet Fridays.

    Jody

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Thanks for visiting. I read and appreciate all your comments. Joy

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