Having celebrated my 77th birthday and our 50th wedding anniversary, here it seemed like a good time to complete a project I have thought about â€“ and worked on â€“ for quite a long time. Itâ€™s about recalling things that have happened during my lifetime and the many changes that have taken place since the early 1930s. I am talking about farming and the way rural life on the prairies has changed so much over the last 100 years. I have lived through many of these changes.
Few are still alive who remember harvesting back then â€“ the cutting, pilule stooking and threshing of Manitobaâ€™s grain crops before 1950. These memoirs descibe that era. It has, perhaps unfortunately, turned into an autobiography of sorts. But as well as chronicling my own life, I really did want to tell something about the â€˜early daysâ€™ on the farm.
Robert Keith Smith
Qualicum Beach, BC