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Prince Edward Island Provincial Heritage Fair
The Tyne Valley Cheese Factory
My project is on the Tyne Valley Cheese Factory. It was a Dairying Company located in Tyne Valley from the early 1900s to 1953. It was also a significant part of the community’s history.
What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?
I thought it was interesting how my small community was a part of something so big. As I said, the cheese factory eventually became a part of A.D.L. Tyne Valley being such a small an rural area, I thought it was great on how much of an impact we had on that company.
What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?
A lesson I have learned is that small businesses and ideas can become huge is you work hard enough at it. The dairying company was just a small way Loman Adams could make a little more money in 1901. His idea grew and grew into a company, and that eventually became a part of A.D.L.
How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?
Our lives today are much easier than the people in my project. In 2017, we have clean working conditions, electricity and advanced technology, work a decent amount of time, and we are paid minimum wage to support ourselves and our families. The people in the early 1900s worked in old, dirty buildings, had no electricity (everything done by hand), worked all day 6 days a week, and they were poorly paid. They were barely paid enough to support themselves and their families.