SR 274 is an interview of Malcolm Arkinstall Conducted by Warren Sommer on November 10, 13, 17, 2014.
Track 1 – Interviewer, Warren Sommer, introduces interviewee, Malcolm Arkinstall. Malcolm gives his family heritage and talks about how his parents ended up in the Fraser Valley.
Track 2 – Malcolm discusses why his father came out to Canada and his first jobs he had when he arrived.
Track 3 – Malcolm discusses his father purchasing land in Lochiel, which was the original Biggar homestead.
Track 4 – Malcolm gives the location of the Biggar property and discusses the land and some of their neighbours.
Track 5 – Malcolm describes the Cameron’s house before it burned down.
Track 6 – Malcolm describes their land and the flooding that commonly occurred on their land.
Track 7 – Malcolm discusses Anderson Creek and how they dealt with their constantly wet soil conditions.
Track 8 – Malcolm tells of how his parents met and his mother’s career as a teacher. Malcolm also discusses Danny and Rizpah Cummings as good friends of the family.
Track 9 – Malcolm talks about the coming of the interurban, and where people had access to alcohol prior to the 1930s.
Track 10 – Malcolm discusses his mother coming out to BC from Prince Edward Island and working as a school teacher in Langley.
Track 11 – Malcolm tells a story about some school boys hiding stumping powder in the school house.
Track 12 – Malcolm discusses farmers ‘working out’, where they would take up seasonal work off their farm.
Track 13 – Malcolm discusses the health benefits of children growing up in the rural farm country.
Track 14 – Malcolm talks about having Scarlet Fever as a child. Malcolm also gives the names of all his siblings and tells of how he got his name.
Track 15 – Malcom describes the house his father built, that he grew up in.
Track 16 – Malcolm describes the plumbing and bathroom they used growing up. Malcolm also talks about getting a telephone.
Track 17 – Malcolm discusses having visitors in their home and their neighbours. Malcolm also talks about getting tramps during the depression.
Track 18 – Malcolm describes their root house and their barn.
Track 19 – Malcolm talks about having horses as opposed to machinery on their farm. He also discusses the types of animals kept on their farm.
Track 20 – Malcolm discusses their diet growing up.
Track 21 – Malcolm talks about their cattle and the process of registering cattle.
Track 22 – Malcolm describes the typical day on the farm growing up.
Track 23 – Malcolm describes milking a cow by hand when he was growing up.
Track 24 – Malcolm discusses his sisters’ duties on the farm. Malcolm also describes working throughout the summer and on Sundays.
Track 25 – Malcolm talks about growing sunflowers for the cattle. Malcolm also talks about what they could grow on their land.
Track 26 – Malcolm discusses the mechanization of their farm. Malcolm also discusses some of the neighbouring properties and when they were sold.
Track 1 – Interviewer, Warren Sommer, introduces the interviewee, Malcolm Arkinstall. Malcolm discusses the wildlife in the area when he was growing up. Malcolm also discusses the weather when he was growing up.
Track 2 – Malcolm talks about how he made an income for himself when he was young.
Track 3 – Malcolm talks about Porter’s General Store and buying himself a chocolate bar for himself once when he was young.
Track 4 – Malcolm talks about being a part of the Fraser Valley Milking Association and selling their milk through them.
Track 5 – Malcolm discusses the logging operations in the area.
Track 6 – Malcolm discusses their neighbours and helping one another out when it was needed. Malcolm also tells about tracking the weather for harvesting.
Track 7 – Malcolm further discusses their neighbours, the Haywards and the Foreland brothers.
Track 8 – Malcolm talks about his free time and toys when he was young.
Track 9 – Malcolm discusses the community hall and the events that were held there.
Track 10 – Malcolm discusses groceries being delivered by Berry’s General store. Malcolm also discusses attending other community halls with his brother.
Track 11 – Malcolm discusses his mother travelling into New Westminster to visit her mother, and visiting Vancouver himself.
Track 12 – Malcolm discusses the commonality of vehicles when he was growing up. Malcolm also discusses their family slaughtering their own animals at the farm.
Track 13 – Malcolm talks about the orchard that was originally on their property and the types of fruit that was grown, as well as the types of vegetables they grew.
Track 14 – Malcolm discusses his memories Mrs. Bilton at Lochiel School.
Track 15 – Malcolm talks about the role education played in his life and when he considered his future.
Track 16 – Malcolm discusses the discussion of World War I in his home growing up and Remembrance Day.
Track 17 – Malcolm discusses the coming of World War II and gives his opinions of the internment of the Japanese-Canadians.
Track 18 – Malcolm discusses the how his family got their news. Malcolm also discusses his brother joining up in the army.
Track 19 – Malcolm discusses being a part of the Cadet Corps.
Track 20 – Malcolm discusses victory bonds and gardens in Langley, and having air raid drills at school.
Track 21 – Malcolm talks about the concern around Japan on the west coast. Malcolm also discusses how kids at school were treated with German surnames.
Track 22 – Malcolm discusses being a part of the Pacific Coast Militia Rangers.
Track 23 – Malcolm discusses the Ross Rifles they used, and the uniforms they wore.
Track 24 – Malcolm lists some of the boys who were in the Pacific Coast Militia Rangers with him.
Track 25 – Malcolm talks about having black outs, the ARP and rationing.
Track 26 – Malcolm talks about his victory garden at school. Malcolm also discusses how Hitler was viewed in the Langley area.
Track 27 – Malcolm talks about his plans to enlist once he finished high school, and those he knew who did enlist.
Track 28 – Malcolm discusses how the different war leaders were viewed.
Track 29 – Malcolm discusses his memories of VE Day and VJ Day and gives his opinion on the nuclear bombings in Japan.
Track 1 – Interviewer, Warren Sommer, introduces the interviewee, Malcolm. Malcolm also discusses the different jobs available for both boys and girls after high school.
Track 2 – Malcolm discusses the influences his parents had on his education. Malcolm also discusses the careers of his siblings.
Track 3 – Malcolm discusses getting a job with BC Electric Company upon graduating high school.
Track 4 – Malcolm continues discussing his career with BC Electric Company.
Track 5 – Malcolm continues discussing his career with BC Electric Company, specifically the changes of the company over the years.
Track 6 – Malcolm lists the different stations that were once part of the interurban. Malcolm also discusses meeting his wife and getting married.
Track 7 – Malcolm talks about living in White Rock and purchasing land in Langley and building their house there.
Track 8 – Malcolm discusses raising his children and the activities they were involved in.
Track 9 – Malcolm discusses his parents acquiring a TV, electricity and plumbing. Malcolm goes into further detail about building his house.
Track 10 – Malcolm discusses the necessity of digging wells in rural Langley. Malcolm also discusses the separation of City of Langley from the Township of Langley.
Track 11 – Malcolm discusses the urban development of Brookswood and Willoughby.
Track 12 – Malcolm discusses his parents selling their farm in the early 1970s and moving into a care home. Malcolm also discusses the creation of Langholm.
Track 13 – Malcolm discusses what has become of his father’s farm since it was sold.
Track 14 – Malcolm discusses the Agricultural Land Commission (Reserve) and gives his opinion on the subject.
Track 15 – Malcolm discusses how he has spent his retired years.
Track 16 – Malcolm talks about the Lochiel School Restoration and the Regional Parks System.
Track 17 – Malcolm discusses further his retired years.