Her Father, the Farmer
Laurie's father was a famer who raised pigs and chickens and farmed for other neighbours. He deemed pigs are smart animals. He grew most of what the family needed: carrots, potatoes, and corn. The only things the family needed from town were common staples such as flour. Neighbours would help each other with cropping, and women would make lunches for all the farmhands. The emphasis was on collective effort and community. In his later years, Laurie's father, Bert Carothers, tapped beer in bars and hotels.