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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