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Interview with Maureen Olofson by Kathy Bossort October 14, 2015 - Track 2

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview is about Maureen Olofson’s description of the operation and location of the Olofson’s mink ranch, the challenges of raising mink, and when the family gave up the farm in 1950/51. She describes how she and her sister Anita Lea used a bicycle to go to school.
Date Range
1942-1952
Length
0:14:54
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview is about Maureen Olofson’s description of the operation and location of the Olofson’s mink ranch, the challenges of raising mink, and when the family gave up the farm in 1950/51. She describes how she and her sister Anita Lea used a bicycle to go to school.
Date Range
1942-1952
Length
0:14:54
Name
Olofson, Axel
GAK Fur Farm
Sperling Avenue School
Subject
Agriculture
Industries - Fur Trade
Occupations - Farmers
Transportation
Persons - Children
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Burnaby Mountain
Historic Neighbourhood
Lochdale (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Westridge Area
Interviewer
Bossort, Kathy
Interview Date
October 14, 2015
Scope and Content
Recording is of an interview with Maureen Olofson conducted by Kathy Bossort. Maureen Olofson was one of 23 participants interviewed as part of the Community Heritage Commission’s Burnaby Mountain Oral History Project. The interview is mainly about Maureen Olofson’s memories of growing up on her parent’s Burnaby Mountain mink ranch between 1942 and 1950 and about the operation of the farm. She also talks about her parents’ history, her teaching career, and her thoughts about the beauty and value of Burnaby Mountain’s natural area.
Biographical Notes
Maureen Olofson was born 1938 in Glote, Harjedalen, Sweden, to Axel (1906-1998) and Kerstin Margareta (1906-1980). Axel and Kerstin Olofson, who had separately immigrated to Canada in 1928 and 1913 respectively, married in Canada and then returned to Sweden where Maureen was born. They moved to Burnaby in 1942 with their daughters Maureen and Anita Lea, and bought land and a mink ranch on Burnaby Mountain with their partners Gus Skofteby and Karin Ericksson (Kerstin’s sister). The GAK Fur Farm, located in the old Hastings Grove subdivision on 4th Avenue near Curtis Street, was one of the largest mink ranches in BC, an award winning operation with over 1200 mink animals. In 1950 the partners sold the land and the Olofson family moved to rented homes on Sperling Avenue. In 1952 Axel sold the last of his minks and opened a sporting goods store on Hastings Street. In 1954 the family moved to North Vancouver where Axel Olofson reestablished his sports business. Maureen attended Sperling Avenue School from Gr. 1 to Gr. 8 and Burnaby North High School to Gr. 11, completing school in North Vancouver, before going to UBC where she trained as a teacher. She returned to Burnaby in 1977 to teach, retiring in 1997. She is a volunteer with the Swedish Canadian Rest Home Association and the Dania Homes Society. Maureen continues to enjoy activities on Burnaby Mountain and works toward preserving the natural beauty of the mountain.
Total Tracks
8
Total Length
1:19:04
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Interviewee Name
Olofson, B. Maureen
Interview Location
Maureen Olofson's home in Burnaby
Interviewer Bio
Kathy Bossort is a retired archivist living in Ladner, BC. She worked at the Delta Museum and Archives after graduating from SLAIS (UBC) in 2001 with Masters degrees in library science and archival studies. Kathy grew up in Calgary, Alberta, and, prior to this career change, she lived in the West Kootenays, earning her living as a cook for BC tourist lodges and work camps. She continues to be interested in oral histories as a way to fill the gaps in the written record and bring richer meaning to history.
Collection/Fonds
Community Heritage Commission Special Projects fonds
Series
Burnaby Mountain Oral History Project series
Item No.
MSS196-004_Track_2
Media Type
Sound Recording
Audio Tracks

Track two of interview with Maureen Olofson

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1905]
Collection/Fonds
Peers Family and Hill Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : sepia ; 3 x 10 cm on page 14 x 17.5 cm (pasted in album)
Item No.
477-178
Storage Location
AV Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of a farmer in a field gathering hay and loading it on a wagon being pulled by a horse. A label in the photograph album indicates that the horse's name is Tom. This photograph appears to have been taken at the home of Claude Hill in the Burnaby Lake area.
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1905]
Collection/Fonds
Peers Family and Hill Family fonds
Series
Kitty Hill Peers Family Photographs
Description Level
Item
Item No.
477-178
Accession Number
2007-12
Storage Location
AV Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : sepia ; 3 x 10 cm on page 14 x 17.5 cm (pasted in album)
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of a farmer in a field gathering hay and loading it on a wagon being pulled by a horse. A label in the photograph album indicates that the horse's name is Tom. This photograph appears to have been taken at the home of Claude Hill in the Burnaby Lake area.
Subjects
Agriculture - Crops
Animals - Horses
Occupations - Farmers
Transportation - Wagons
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 6501 Deer Lake Avenue
Burnaby - Deer Lake Avenue
Burnaby - Douglas Road
Historic Neighbourhood
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Morley-Buckingham Area
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Haying on the Hill farm

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto38861
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1905]
Collection/Fonds
Peers Family and Hill Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : sepia ; 5.7 x 10.5 cm on page 14 x 17.5 cm (pasted in album)
Item No.
477-180
Storage Location
AV Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of two farmers loading hay into a horse-drawn wagon at the home of Claude Hill, in the Burnaby Lake area. The horse's name is Tom.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1905]
Collection/Fonds
Peers Family and Hill Family fonds
Series
Kitty Hill Peers Family Photographs
Description Level
Item
Item No.
477-180
Accession Number
2007-12
Storage Location
AV Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : sepia ; 5.7 x 10.5 cm on page 14 x 17.5 cm (pasted in album)
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of two farmers loading hay into a horse-drawn wagon at the home of Claude Hill, in the Burnaby Lake area. The horse's name is Tom.
Subjects
Agriculture - Crops
Animals - Horses
Occupations - Farmers
Transportation - Wagons
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 6501 Deer Lake Avenue
Burnaby - Deer Lake Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Morley-Buckingham Area
Images
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1905]
Collection/Fonds
Peers Family and Hill Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : sepia ; 8 x 5.5 cm on page 14 x 17.5 cm (pasted in album)
Item No.
477-183
Storage Location
AV Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of Claude Hill on a hay rake being pulled by the workhorse, "Tom." His daughter, Kitty, wrote the caption "Dad at Deer Lake" next to this photograph.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1905]
Collection/Fonds
Peers Family and Hill Family fonds
Series
Kitty Hill Peers Family Photographs
Description Level
Item
Item No.
477-183
Accession Number
2007-12
Storage Location
AV Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : sepia ; 8 x 5.5 cm on page 14 x 17.5 cm (pasted in album)
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of Claude Hill on a hay rake being pulled by the workhorse, "Tom." His daughter, Kitty, wrote the caption "Dad at Deer Lake" next to this photograph.
Subjects
Agriculture - Crops
Animals - Horses
Occupations - Farmers
Agricultural Tools and Equipment
Names
Hill Family
Hill, Louis Claude "Claude"
Notes
Title based on caption accompanying photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 6501 Deer Lake Avenue
Burnaby - Deer Lake Avenue
Burnaby - Douglas Road
Historic Neighbourhood
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Morley-Buckingham Area
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Mowing at Gaines' Farm, Burnaby

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto39548
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1906]
Collection/Fonds
Peers Family and Hill Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12 x 17 cm on page 21.5 x 28 cm (pasted in album)
Item No.
477-867
Storage Location
AV Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of a farmer driving a team of two horses mowing hay in a field. The photograph bears the caption "Mowing at Gaines' farm" and is accompanied by a notation in the album indicating that the field was across Douglas Road from Brookfield, the home of Claude Hill. This property belonged to …
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1906]
Collection/Fonds
Peers Family and Hill Family fonds
Series
Kitty Hill Peers Family Photographs
Description Level
Item
Item No.
477-867
Accession Number
2007-12
Storage Location
AV Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12 x 17 cm on page 21.5 x 28 cm (pasted in album)
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of a farmer driving a team of two horses mowing hay in a field. The photograph bears the caption "Mowing at Gaines' farm" and is accompanied by a notation in the album indicating that the field was across Douglas Road from Brookfield, the home of Claude Hill. This property belonged to Claude's brother Bernard Hill and was later known as 4990 Canada Way. The man is unidentified. In the background to the west can be seen Burnaby Lake and to the left the Pole Line Road (later Sperling Avenue) and to the right, Douglas Road and an unidentified house. This is the current location of the Kensington Avenue freeway interchange.
Photographer
Cooksley, W.T.
Subjects
Agriculture - Crops
Agricultural Tools and Equipment
Animals - Horses
Occupations - Farmers
Notes
Title based on caption accompanying photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Deer Lake Avenue
Burnaby - Douglas Road
Burnaby - Canada Way
Burnaby - 4990 Canada Way
Historic Neighbourhood
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Douglas-Gilpin Area
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Louis Claude Hill's Farm, Burnaby, BC

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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[1909]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12.2 x 17.6 cm mounted on cardboard 22.7 x 27.4 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of a farm with men, a horse and wagon, and children in a field. An annotation on the back of one of the photos reads, "The foreground farm property stood at the corner of Sperling Avenue (formerly known as the Pole Line Road) and Buckingham. The white house in the left centre was the …
  1 Image  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12.2 x 17.6 cm mounted on cardboard 22.7 x 27.4 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of a farm with men, a horse and wagon, and children in a field. An annotation on the back of one of the photos reads, "The foreground farm property stood at the corner of Sperling Avenue (formerly known as the Pole Line Road) and Buckingham. The white house in the left centre was the residence of Miss Woodward, her mother and sister. It was the first post office at 'Burnaby Lake' and the site of the kindergarten school of Miss Harriet Woodward. It later became the United Church. / The open field in the distance above the horse's head and people in the field is the field in front of the 'Manor House' which was built by Mr. Bateman in the 1920's. To the right of and beyond the white house partly hidden by the trees can be seen some of the buildings associated with the Hill farm on Deer Lake Ave. which by the date (1909) of this photo had been sold. The distant tall trees (center) stand on the site of the Municipal Buildings (DesBirsays Woods)." An annotation on the back of the other photograph reads, "Formerly belonging to Malcom Nicolson / App. 1908." Annotations at the bottom front of the photograph read, "L. Claude Hill's Farm, Burnaby, BC."
Subjects
Agriculture - Crops
Agricultural Tools and Equipment
Animals - Horses
Occupations - Farmers
Agriculture - Farms
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 6501 Deer Lake Avenue
Burnaby - Deer Lake Avenue
Burnaby - 5141 Sperling Avenue
Burnaby - Buckingham Avenue
Burnaby - 5730 Buckingham Avenue
Burnaby - Pole Line Road
Burnaby - Sperling Avenue
Accession Code
HV973.40.4
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Date
[1909]
Media Type
Photograph
Historic Neighbourhood
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Morley-Buckingham Area
Scan Resolution
600
Scan Date
15-Aug-06
Scale
100
Photographer
unknown
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
1 b&w duplicate photograph accompanying
Text on first image "L Claude Hill's Farm, Burnaby B C", incorporated into the image at the bottom edge of the photograph. "app 1909" pencilled in following above on the bottom edge of the image "L. Claude / Hill / Broadview", pencilled on the matt below the image. "The foreground farm property stood at the / Corner of Sperling Ave. (formerly known as Pole Line Road) / and Buckingham. The white house in the left / centre was the residence of Miss Woodward, her mother / and sister. It was the first post ofice at "Burnaby Lake" / and the site of the kindergarten school of Miss / Harriet Woodward. It later became the United / Church. / The open field in the distance above / the horses head and people in the field is / the field in front of the "Manse House" which / was built by Mr. Bateman in the 1920's. To the / right of and beyond the white house partly hidden / by the trees can be seen some of the buildings / associated with the Hill farm on Deer Lake Ave. / which by the date (1909) of this photo had been / sold. The distant tall trees (center) stand on the site of / the Municipal Buildings (DesBirsays Woods)", hand written in blue ink on the reverse side of the matt. It is not indicated who wrote the note. "OR MASTER / 973.40.4", pencilled in the lower right corner of reverse side of matt. "W. T. COOKSLEY / NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C."printed with very little contrast on the gray mattboard, below the lower right corner of the photograph Text on second image. "L Claude Hill's Farm, Burnaby B C", incorporated into the image at the bottom edge of the photograph. "Claude surveying the haying", pencilled on the reverse side of the matt. "Formerly belonging to Malcolm Nicholson / app 1908", hand writen in blue ink on the reverse side of the matt. "H.V.973.40.4. OR. MASTER", hand printed on the bottom left corner of the reverse side of the matt. "W. T. COOKSLEY / NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C."printed with very little contrast on the gray mattboard, below the lower right corner of the photograph
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