Life in the 1940ies
In the 1940ies and even during the next decade, houses in Quebec where still heated with wood. Every summer, the split wood was stacked in the lean-to.
To tell the truth, to allow easy access, the walls of this structure were often nothing more than a series of open arches. The cows still were feed and milked by hand. Milking a dozen cows took an hour or more.
The milk then was taken to the house or diary to be treated through a centrifuge. In the 1940ies, many youngster5s in eastern Quebec set out every fall to work for the potato growers in New Brunwhick. Obviously, many Quebec producers of potato also hired teenagers.
The demand of the young workers was such that in some regions of Quebec school holydays were scheduled during harvest season.