A 2020 Century Farm Award was presented to the Richards Family of the Coburn District. There was a small family gathering on Sept 27, 2020 to celebrate the occasion!
Here is a little family history:
In the late 1800's and early 1900's, the C&E Trail went through the Richards’ property with a stopping house on the quarter, north of the farm. The C&E Trail can still be seen in the coulee. The Stopping House, where the stagecoach stopped, was called the 53 Mile Creek.
Edward Holton and Elizabeth Richards-Holton purchased the SW13-32-29 W4 and SE14-32-29-W4 in July 1920. The farm had a large house for Elizabeth and her four children: Bill, George, Lillian and Ada.
In 1940 Elizabeth Hodgson (Richards-Holton) traded this land for son Bill Richards and his wife Muriel’s land at Leo, (northeast of Byemoor). Bill and Muriel Richards moved here with their four children: Mel, Ralph, Eileen, and Eleanor. In 1942 their fifth child, Lucille, was born. In 1940 Bill purchased their first tractor, a 1938 Massey Harris Pacemaker. The farm operated as a true mixed farm, with all types of livestock, and grew both hay and grain crops.
In 1947, son Ralph married Jean Notley making the farm their home and farming with his father, Bill. In the 50's, to supplement the farm income, Ralph and Jean started into the chicken/egg business, taking 60-90 dozen eggs to Calgary every two weeks. They also milked cows taking milk to the Olds Creamery in milk cans.
In 1969 Ralph and Jean Richards took possession of the land raising their five children: Terri, Trudy, Debra, Gary and Kelly on this farm. In the late 70's the farm changed to just the cow-calf operation with field crops.
In 1984, son Gary, married Kathy Sisson and moved onto the farm. They began farming with Ralph and Jean, and brother Kelly. The farm remained growing field crops and added a small feedlot. In 2009, the farm moved to strictly field crops.
In 2004, Gary and Kathy Richards took over the farm raising their three children: Eddie, Andrew and Amy.
In 2006 the farm was presented with the Mountain View County Farm Family Award which was a real honour!
Over the past 100 years there has been hard work and many sacrifices to get us where we are today!
We would like to Thank the County for honoring our family!
- The Richards