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A group of pioneers are standing in front of a large pile of hay. Horses with wagons full of loose hay are waiting to be unloaded. There are four large poles with ropes that are lifting the loose hay onto the hay stack.

Harvesting hay early 1900’s

With abundant fields of native Timothy grass and rich loamy soil, Lumby was an ideal place for farming and growing crops. 

But farming was hard work.  Work days were long and often very little money was earned for the hard work done.  Many of the farm tasks were done by hand.  Horses or mules were used to plow the land and harvest the crops. Every member of the farm family had chores to do and work revolved around the seasons.

A soldier is sitting on a wagon loaded with hay bales. The wagon is being pulled by four horses. A small boy is sitting on the wagon with the soldier and a young girl is standing beside the wagon.

Farming with horses 1914

Harvesting the crops was often achieved by workers from neighboring farms travelling farm-to-farm to lend a helping hand. Each family farm strived to be self sufficient.  Despite having no electricity, refrigerators, indoor plumbing, appliances or any of today’s modern conveniences, Lumby’s pioneer farmers stayed on the land and made a living.  Farm families looked forward to an occasional trip to town for church gatherings and other social events.

A man is smiling and hugging a large dairy cow. It is winter and the trees are covered in snow. There is a wooden fence and barn close by.

PC Inglis with “Martha” his favorite dairy cow 1940

Vernon was the nearest distribution center for farm goods.  In the 1930’s, the annual shipment of hay from Lumby was 5,000 tons.

It was hard in the pioneer days to get farm products to market because dirt roads were almost impassable.  Sometimes ten or twelve teams of horses would set out for Vernon together.  Can you imagine what a sight it was to see herds of deer following the wagons to pick up the loose hay that fell!

Several men and a small boy are using a threshing machine to harvest grain. A large pile of straw is on each side of the threshing machine. There is a large pile of bagged grain near the threshing machine.

Threshing machine early 1900’s