Dad worked fall ’til spring cutting logs

From our April 2012 issue

By Lorne Forsythe – Medicine Hat, Alta.

I was born in 1936 at Greenfield, New Brunswick. There were eight children in our family; four girls and four boys – Leona, Arthur, Lorne, Helen, Nellie, Raymond, Merieta, and Donna.

Leona passed away at age 13. She was born with a hole in her heart. Today they could have fixed it. Donna was stillborn. We lived on a 100-acre farm in a two-storey house. There was no insulation in those days so it was cold. We lived on a high hill.

We walked to school over a mile. We had a few cattle, pigs, and hens. Mother and my brother, Arthur, and I would do the chores because dad would go into the woods with his team of horses in early fall.

He’d come home at Christmas for three or four days and went back until spring break. His wage was $1 a day. When they hauled logs with the team of horses he got $1.25 a day.

My wife Doris and I were married in 1959. We came out to Smiley, Sask. and worked on a farm for Rod and Grace Bodey and went back to New Brunswick in the fall.

We have four children – two boys and two girls – Wayne, Bonnie, Rodney, and Laurie, one born in October, one in November, one in December and one in January.

We bought my dad’s farm in 1962 and had cattle and grew potatoes. They sold for 2¢ a pound. It was a lot of hard work for nothing. We sold the farm in 1976 and moved to Medicine Hat. We love living here and never thought of moving back east.