FC: Our Family History | "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow."
1: Merriman's | Sarah (1851-1932) & George (1844-1928) | Sarah, Lizzie (Jimmy Taylor - Uncle), George Snr, Mary & George
2: Sarah Ann Elizabeth 1893 - 1938 & James Flett Merriman 1889 - 1949
3: Grandparents | Grandpaarents My Grandfather James Merriman left the Orkney Islands when he was 21. He came to Edendale to his Uncle (Leonards). He met Sarah Caldwell and they married in They purchased 134 acres of land aat MenziesFerry
4: Sarah, George, James John, Plyllis, Hazel | Menzies | Phyllis | John, James, George
5: Ferry | Hazel | Plyllis, George, Hazel, John | We lived at Menzies Ferry. Our family had a diary farm. My Dad bought in ewes in the Autumn and sold them all counted after lambing in the Spring, so I was used to having pet lambs. All of the farm work was done by a team of Clydesdale horses. The milk was taken to the factory in what we called a spring cart a lighter breed of horse more like a hack. A hack being a horse you could also ride. The milk was put into cans in those days. They were emptied into a vat then washed at the factory by hand and taken home for the next day I remember Dad had horse clippers to clip the working horses. We used to take our turn turning the handle to make them function. Things were done by manpower in those days. We used to thin the turnips and mangolds with hoes. George worked on the first hay baler that come out. They used to sit on seats at the sides of the bales as they came out and put wires through to make small bales. Grain was grown at lot more in those days. It was harvested by horse driven binders which cut and made sheaves which men then made into stooks. They were left to dry, then put into stacks ready for thrashing. The oats were made into chaff to feed the horses. The chaff cutter and thrashing mill were driven by a traction engine. It required a lot of men to operate them. (Snowy went round the farms working on them in his young days). My Mum used to wash the clothes by hand. She had a boiler which she heated by wood fire. The clothes were boiled in soapy water then taken over to the tubs to rinse. They were put through a wringer which you had to turn by hand into the second tub to be rinsed again then through the wringer again then to the clothes line. She had a black coal range to do her cooking. To do the ironing she used to heat the iron on the range and when one got cold she would put it back and used the other one. She had a clothes airer that had a pulley which she could let down and then pull the clothes back up on so they got properly dry. She had a girl to help in the house. The girl also helped Dad to milk the cows. Each year Dad would yoke the horses to the wagon and go and get a load of fire wood to keep the open fire going. Coal for the range was got the same way. Phyllis Merriman.
6: William Horne 1869 - 1957 Fanny Rachel Wilcox Calder 1985 - 1972 | Horne's
7: Bert, Hazel, Arthur, William, Ernie, Bella, Harold Lesley Bessie, Fannie, William (Snr), Wattie, Fannie | Bella, Fannym Bill, William(Snr) Hazel & Bessie
8: Milk going to Factory | Dad with his animals
9: Horse driven seed drill | Progression - new tractor
12: Alvene 1946 | Dorothy 1947 | Joyce 1950 | 5 Daughters | Pam 1954 | Lynda 1958
15: Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories.