Isabel Hunter

“When Hydro went through we were only allowed … because it was to figure out what rent and we had never paid rent. We got free rent and this $45 a week and 10% off your groceries and free electricity.

So it was hard to know what they should settle on us and we got 300 and some dollars. That was all we got when Hydro went through.

And in the meantime they were buying out some of the farmers that were going to be flooded when Hoople Creek was enlarged. And this one, Myles went back to this farm on Saturday and came out and said, ‘I bought us a house.’ And I said, ‘With what?’ And he said, ‘With cash!’ And I said, ‘Well, it can’t be much of a house; it must be a chicken house!’ And he said, ‘No, I’m telling you, it’s a farmhouse. I got it for $150.’ And I just couldn’t believe it. We had that much in the bank.

And so, we had to move it. The thing was, where the house sat would be flooded there. So when they had their auction sale and sold their farm, and sold the animals and everything and the buildings. Meant you had only so long to get this house off of the property.

So there was Ardell, the mover, who wasn’t as big as the big ones that were moving the town. We hired him privately. And it cost us, I think, $750 to move the house across the farms. We didn’t go out on the road; we just got permission from all the farmers in between, up to Harold Robinsons who had a farm.

He wanted a colour TV and we needed a lot. So he sold Myles a lot for a colour TV. It was all bartering in those days.”

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