Jim, Isobel, and Hank Ford on a Sled.
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- Jim, Isobel, and Hank Ford on a sled at their house on 5th line.
“Growing up on a farm we always had things to do – we learned to skate on a pond or creek, rode horses, had hills to go sleigh riding. In the summer we swam in the creek and made bonfires.” – Isobel Ford.
- The Ford farm was on 5th Line at Lower Base Road, Trafalgar Township.
Information from Isobel Ford:
The house on the Fifth Line was built by my great grandfather James Ford – my grandfather J.A. Ford and family lived here, also my father R.R. Ford and family. Hank, Jim, and myself were all born in this house. We had no indoor plumbing or electricity. We did our homework with a gas or oil lamp. We pumped our drinking water from a well and our wash water from a cistern. The sign on the house says R.R. Ford Insurance Agent.
The basement had mud walls and a mud floor with planks laid out to walk on. When Isobel was small the family did not have a refrigerator, so carrots, potatoes, and other vegetables were kept down there in bags of sand to keep them from rotting. The basement was home to rats, mice and all kinds of other creatures, and the most frightening thing in the world was to be sent down there with just an oil lamp and having to stick your hand in one of those bags of sand.
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Trafalgar Township Historical Society
Trafalgar Township Historical Society Sponsor: Jeff Knoll, Local & Regional Councillor for Oakville Ward 5 – Town of Oakville/Regional Municipality of Halton