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Archives of the Agricultural Experience: Keith Barker


Keith H. Barker Family


Biographical Sketch

Keith H. Barker was born c. 1920.  After serving in World War II, he returned home to marry his wife, Sadie, in 1945 and they resided in the area of Oakville working for his father, grandfather, and uncle.  In 1948, Mr. Barker purchased a 320 acre farm with the help of neighbours, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Chester, and borrowed machinery from his relatives.  By 1960, he was able to purchase an additional 160 acres and relocated his farmyard to the new property.  Mr. Barker claims that the secret to his survival came from the steady cash flow produced by his livestock, which were cattle and hogs.  Keith and Sadie raised a family of five children: Terry, Arlene, Patricia, Colleen, and Warren.  In 1985, Warren came into partnership with his father and he eventually bought the family farm in 1990.  Mr. and Mrs. Barker now reside in the town of Carman.


Scope and Content

The Barker collection consists of farm account books which detail household and farm receipts, farm expenditures, and a brief family history. The collection's materials date from 1952-1985. No restrictions to access.


Collection Reference: MSS 130
Inclusive Dates: 1952-1985
Collection Contents: .35 meters of textual records
Access Conditions: None


Keith Barker fonds