Doug, the oldest brother, Lloyd, then Larry and Ken, the youngest, were all born between 1918 and 1923 in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan, a small town of 2,000 people, located 80 miles south of Moose Jaw. Their parents Mark and Ruth raised them through those awful “Dirty Thirties” when dust was plenty and money was scarce. How did they do it? A backyard vegetable garden, if you could call it such, a cow borrowed from a good farmer friend, and a few chickens. Boy, when that big red cow shook her stake chain, it rattled the teeth of any brother on the other end!
Near the end of the thirties, Mark drove four young men to Trail, BC, where they were able to find work. Ruth followed soon after with the four boys and their baby sister Delores.
Doug had just finished high school in Assiniboia, and he soon started his apprenticeship at the Consolidated Mining and Smelting plant in the plumbing and steam fitting shop. Lloyd and Larry finished high school in Trail, and thereafter Lloyd apprenticed as a painter and sign writer, while Larry apprenticed as a leadburner, with the C M & S, of course.
Then came World War II, and the older brothers served their hitch – Doug in the air force, Lloyd and Larry in the army. Ken finished high school in Trail and entered UBC. Once the war ended and with the help of the Veterans’ Assistance Program, the three older brothers enrolled as freshmen in the Department of Food and Dairy Science where they joined Ken, now a senior in his last year in that department. “Hah, vengeance is mine, thought the lofty senior students.” Can you just imagine a bunch of wet-behind-the-ears seniors trying to “haze” those hard-bitten returning veterans?
Lloyd and Larry took the 5-year course in Food Science offered for the first time in 1945, and both worked at summer sessions and were able to complete the 5-year course in 4 years. The “Vets” were anxious to make up for lost time, so they graduated with brother Doug in 1949 with the BSA degree.
On retirement, both Lloyd and Larry returned to North Vancouver to be near their children. Larry and his wife Isobel have four daughters. Early after his retirement, Larry completed three short projects in Malaysia and India, giving training and managerial instruction in food inspection and food regulations. Understandably, these countries were keen to find out what our major concerns were and how we protected the public’s health.
“Not bad eh, for four depression kids from Saskatchewan who to this day hate macaroni in any shape or form!”
“TIME, YOU OLD GYPSY MAN, WILL YOU NOT STAY, PUT UP YOUR CARAVAN JUST FOR ONE DAY?” R. Hodgson