Family-owned ranch added to century list

August 22, 2016 8:41 A.M.
Archibald Hunter at Scotty Creek Ranch. (Elsie Hunter/Virtual Museum of Canada)

As you travel on Hwy. 97, or the Cariboo Highway as it is known near Cache Creek, one of the local homesteads has a longstanding history along B.C.’s longest highway.

On behalf of Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick, Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart visited Scotty Creek Ranch Saturday, Aug. 20, and presenting the family-run operation with a Century Farm Award.

“Our family is very proud to accept the Century Farm Award," said Marilyn Campbell, ranch co-owner. "Our grandparents and parents made a huge commitment to ranch and farm back when life was not easy. We appreciate all their efforts so now the third and fourth generation has the opportunity to run this family farm 100 years later.”

In January 1916, Archibald G. Hunter obtained about 59 hectares of land near Cache Creek and it was recorded with the Department of the Interior. Thirty years later, Archibald’s son Michie Thomas Hunter had just finished serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force in the Second World War. Michie applied for a veteran’s loan and purchased the property from his father. Michie owned the land until his death in 1990. The property went to his wife Elsie Louise Hunter.

In 2009, another generation was added to the Scotty Creek Ranch ownership history as Elsie added her two daughters, Marilyn and Iva, to the title. When Elsie passed away in 2010, the property went to her daughters, who continue the proud family tradition today. The ranch has been raising beef and contributing to British Columbia’s agricultural history and the provincial economy for the past 100 years.    

Century Farm Awards honour agricultural organizations that have been active for 100 years. Each Century Farm Award celebrates the rich heritage of farming and ranching families and organizations in B.C. The Century Farm award program was created in 1994 to mark the centennial of the Ministry of Agriculture.

 

Glen Bishop says:
August 26, 2016 02:58pm

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE HUNTERS & CLAN ON THE CELEBRATION OF THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF SCOTTY CREEK RANCHES.

STAN SCHMENGE C/O Glen & Lorraine Bishop at Kamloops BC

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Lawrence Beaton says:
August 23, 2016 08:01am

With the new BC Curriculum coming in and affecting social studies, places like this ranch with a story and communities along the highway from Kamloops to Cache Creek, it would fantastic to take students to see them and get a taste of local history.

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