Video recorded by the Lake Country Museum & Archives, November 13th, 2015, Kelowna, BC.
Featured photo: Ivy Malpass Fallow
Location: Okanagan Centre, British Columbia
Credits: Photo courtesy of Herb Fallow
Ivy Malpass Fallow
Photo montage. Narrated by Herb Fallow, November 13th, 2015
Ivy Malpass was born in 1907 in Lansdowne, BC. As a teenager, she worked at the East Kelowna packinghouse where she met and married Cliff Fallow. They moved to Okanagan Centre and Cliff managed the Winoka packinghouse.
When the Woodsdale packinghouse opened in 1936, Cliff moved to the manager position there. A few years later, Ivy began working at the Woodsdale as a packer.
She was well known for her sense of fun and practical jokes.
Black and white photos of Ivy Fallow. Ivy is standing demurely with the lake behind her, 1930s. The photo expands to fill the screen. Followed by a photo of Ivy several years younger standing in front of a loading dock with several men and women. This merges to a photo of Ivy seated on a porch, head resting on one hand, 1930s.
Herb Fallow: You know in that era it was hard work but they had a lot of fun. You can see by the pictures.
Black and white photo of the Woodsdale packinghouse, 1940s.
That’s the mouse.
Colour photo of an old toy mouse with grey fur and a red nose.
That mouse would go into, as one of the girls was packing, she put it into the pack.
Black and white photo of Ivy in a vest and cowboy hat, hamming it up for the camera, 1950s.
The girl would turn around and then, whoever it may be – I suspect Lena Gunn or one of those ‘cause she was always, they were messing around together.
Black and white photo of Ivy and Cliff Fallow, mid-1930s.
All of a sudden there would be this great scream in the packing room.
Black and white photo of Ivy and Cliff Fallow, 1950s.
And my dad was the manager, and this, I think, well mom told, was telling Dawn [Fallow] the story.
Black and white photo of a group of women horsing around on a packinghouse deck, 1940s.
She put the mouse in there.
Black and white photo of Ivy dressed in a suit and smiling as she walks by, 1950s.
Whoever it was that screamed their head off, or two or three of them would start yelling ‘cause the mouse was running around loose. And then dad would come out of his office to come around and see what the commotion was, and mom would run and hide.
Black and white photo of the Woodsdale packinghouse staff, 1957. Ivy is sitting cross-legged on the grass at the front.