Jan and Ruby purchased this farm from Donald H. McGregor in 1950. They raised two daughters, Janet and Joan.
For the first couple of years, this couple farmed with horses; their first tractor was acquired in 1952. Part of the original barn is still in place and since Lagerwerf`s bought the farm, they have added 2 silos, a silo room and a shed. They milked cows for many years, then switched to cash cropping to make their lives less demanding. Early on, Jan and Ruby chose to diversify by acquiring bees and producing their own honey. For many years, they were active members of the Ontario Bee Keepers Association. Jan and Ruby love a challenge and continued to excel at whatever they chose to do. They won many ribbons for their bee keeping adventures. They also raised and trained grey hound dogs for many years, then moved on to growing pumpkins, entering in the well known Port Elgin Pumpkinfest. In 1990, they placed 4th-quite an achievement, given the huge number of entries this event attracts each year.
For fun, Jan was a member of the Bluewater Shriners, attending several parades with his miniature fire engine! Whenever extra hands are required, help is still given with Shriner events.
Ruby is no slouch either, still remaining active with both Lambton Quilters Guild, as well as Zurich`s guild. Her quilting efforts have won many prizes. The most recent award was winning 4th prize for her “Snowflake” quilt at the Owen Sound Fair. Note that her prize-winning quilt design-”Grandmother`s Flower Garden” is proudly displayed here on the Lagerwerf barn.
This couple have surely lived life to its fullest and are well respected in the community. Kudos to the Lagerwerfs!!
Name of sponsor of Barn Quilt : Jan and Ruby Lagerwerf
Grandmother’s Flower Garden
35667 Bullock Road, Parkhill, ON
Latitude : 43.23204 Longitude : -81.72033