Ed and Marion Lightfoot moved on to the 30 acre Lightfoot Farm on Balfour Road (232nd Street) on December 18, 1937. The couple had moved here from Vancouver because Ed had always wanted to run a poultry farm, and was suffering from poor health due to childhood illness and from years of working in garages and gas stations. Their purchase of the farm included a house already on the property, including a horse and a few chickens. In 1938, the first batch of 500 chicks were born in the attic of this house, and their first child was born. Until the hatchery business supported itself, pheasants were raised on the property for three or four years. In the same year, 18 acres of the property were cleared. Ed raised mink from 1937 - 1939, but the government put an end to this type of farming in 1939, as it was viewed as "luxury" when the war began. In the 1940s ten acres of land adjacent to the property on the north-west border were purchased. Three wells on the property supplied the water for the flourishing business, and eventually there were 12000 laying birds in five large laying pens. In 1964 the old farm house and some land were expropriated due to the construction of No. 10 Highway. The Lightfoots were given the (north side) adjacent neighbours five acres, including a small house, as part of the expropriation settlement. This house was renovated and became the new family home at 7081 232 Street. Later, when the road system grew and changed, the farms address became 23154 70A Avenue.
See Also: Lightfoot, Ed
Term Source: Birth and Death of a Farm" by Eileen Callanan (Lightfoot Family History)
Albert Edward (Ed) Lightfoot was born February 12, 1882. In 1921, at the age of 14, Ed quit school and went to work for "A. E. Short Real Estate and Insurance" in the Wrinch Building in Vancouver doing office work. He then worked for a wholesale dry goods outfit, "McKay Smith, Gilbert, Blair and Co.," before working at Clamans Department Store and Buckerfields. Between these last two jobs, in 1928, Ed took and eight week course in poultry management at UBC and wanted his own farm. After this, he worked as a mechanic at garages and gas stations, and married Marion Everett in 1935. Ed was in poor health, both because of systematic tuberculosis he'd suffered from as a child and due to his work at the gas station. The couple moved to a farm in Langley in 1937 (see LIGHTFOOT FARM). In the spring of 1938 the had their first child, Eileen Margaret, and their first batch of 500 chicks. Six other children followed: Sylvia June, Patricia Eleanor, Edward (Ted) William, David Everett, Donna Louise, and Diane Marion. Ed died on April 27, 1966, at the age of 84.
See Also: Lightfoot Farm
Term Source: "Birth and Death of a Farm" by Eileen Callanan (Lightfoot Family History).
Marion Everett was born July 29, 1909 in Vancouver to parents Victor Rupert Everett and Elizabeth (Jennie) Jean McMullen, the third of nine children. Marion graduated from Grade 12 and went to work for the Capilano Timber Co. as a secretary from 1928-1930. After this, she worked for the lumber company Goodwin and Johnson in Vancouver until 1935, when she married Ed Lightfoot. Due to Ed's poor health, Marion pushed for a move to a farm where Ed could pursue his dream of running a poultry business. The couple purchased a 30 acre farm on Balfour Road (232nd Street) and moved there December 18, 1937 (see LIGHTFOOT FARM). In the spring they had their first child, Eileen Margaret, and had their first batch of 500 chicks. Six other children followed: Sylvia June, Patricia Eleanor, Edward (Ted) William, David Everett, Donna Louise, and Diane Marion. Ed died on April 27, 1966, at the age of 84. Marion died December 3, 2000, in Vancouver.
See Also: Lightfoot Farm
Term Source: "Birth and Death of a Farm" by Eileen Callanan (Lightfoot Family History)