The Lowrie Family - 100 years of Farming

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

A 2020 Century Farm Award for Mountain View County has been presented the Lowrie Family from the Bergen Rural Neighbourhood. 

Ernest and Edith Lowrie were born and grew up in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland. Ernest came to Canada in 1911 returning to Scotland at the beginning of WW1 with the 12th Mounted Rifles out of Calgary; later known as the Lord Strathcona Horse serving in France.

At the end of the war Ernest and Edith married on April 16, 1919 in Scotland leaving for Canada shortly afterward. Ernest was approved for Entry for a Soldier Grant for a property located at NW28-31-4-W5M in November 1919. 

In spring 1920 Ernest and his new bride moved to the, then still under construction, two-story frame house which was their home until 1946. None of the land was broken. Ernest cleared the land with horses; breaking done with the help of neighbours; and brushing by the local Stony Indian Band.

A traditional mixed farm, there was grain, and hay for the cattle, pigs, and later sheep. Some of the large spruce trees were harvested for lumber.  A small sawmill remained on the land for a number of years. The Lowries were also very active in the community helping establish schools and churches.

In WW2 Ernest again served leaving the running of the farm to Edith and the girls, Jean and Edie, and returning home in 1946. Shortly after a new house was built across the road on NE29 which had been purchased several years earlier.

After Ernest’s passing in 1991 the land was transferred to daughter Isobel and her husband Roy Walton, and later to their daughter Linda.  It was farmed under lease by cousin Doug Lewis for many years and is now under lease to Doug’s son-in law, Keith Evans and his wife Marie, a great grand-daughter.

ABOUT THE CENTURY FARM AWARD
Mountain View County recognizes the achievement of century family farms within its boundaries, and endeavours to honour such an achievement by the presentation of a plaque.

To be eligible the land must be continuously owned by the same family, having controlling interest, and/or be actively farmed or ranched for 100 years or more. The applicant also must provide evidence clearly demonstrating the kinship ties between the applicant and the founder of the farm or ranch.

The current homestead size should be at least 160 acres, i.e. a farm, not acreage. Special Council approval will be required for a family farm of less than 160 acres. Find out more online at The Century Farm Award Webpage.


The Lowrie family c. 1942; Left to Right: 
Back - Isobel (Walton); Jean (Schneidmiller); Edie (Lewis).
Front - Gladys; Ernest; Edith 

(Biography and photo supplied by the family)

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