This week we welcome Linda Ford to Author Memories.
A Larger Than Life Hero
by Linda Ford
He was the seventh son of the seventh son which was proof enough that he was destined for great things.
All of the children were handsome and smart. He is the younger boy on the lower right. He was born and raised in Ontario, Canada and married a woman from down there.
But during WW l he wanted to sign up and defend his country. His mother absolutely forbid it so to contribute to the war effort, he and a brother moved west to the prairies. They would farm and raise food for the troops. Trouble was, my f-i-l was more of an inventor than a farmer. Which wasn’t always a bad thing. Known to his family as Pop, he came up with a number of innovative ways to make the work easier and bragged he could fix anything with a piece of No. 9 wire and some gum.
His wife died of pneumonia leaving him with 7 youngsters, the youngest not yet out of diapers. Somehow he managed. I’ve lost the picture of him scrubbing diapers in a copper boiler using a scrub board but he did.
He lived through the Depression. They barely survived on the farm but for the price of driving the school bus to pay off back taxes, he became the owner of a bit of land with a big house on it. They grew a big garden, picked wild berries, bagged game in and out of season, and received bundles of clothing from family members back East. But life wasn’t easy. There was seldom enough food and the children wore whatever they had.
The family lexicon abounds with stories of his exploits.
He told a favorite one to illustrate that when he said jump, his boys jumped. He was moving an old granary one day and using a long pole to lever it about. He needed something to wedge it in place and called for one of the boys to run and get something. Unfortunately he didn’t name a boy, simply said, “one of you”. There were 4 or 5 prying on the lever with him and all of them let go and ran to get the object. Pop didn’t weigh enough to keep it pried down and went flying in the air. He broke an arm when he landed.
He learned to overcome insurmountable obstacles in raising a family in hard times. He conquered mechanical challenges. He taught his children to be honorable.
One of my favorite memories of him is when he was much older. My husband and I had taken over the farm and the in-laws had moved to a house in town. They visited often and Pop would always go up to the junk pile that was a graveyard for old trucks, tractors and various other pieces of worn out farm equipment. He’d poke through it by the hour. Sometimes he lamented that someone had thrown the machinery out when he could have fixed it. Other times I think he simply liked to remember the past.
A man who was bigger than life and a legend in his time.
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