A Heritage of Healing
Allan and Fay Thompson have created a beautiful life on their cattle ranch in Camrose County. The road to "Glenn Chester Highlands", the farm's official title, has held its challenges for Allan Thompson. He first became acquainted with the farm as a hired hand, when he worked for Chester Sayers, a prominent Social Credit Government member of the legislative assembly for Camrose.
Chester Sayers, Fay Thompson's uncle, served the Camrose County constituency from 1941 to 1971. He ran successfully for six undefeated terms until he retired with the dissolution of the government in 1971. (The election advertisement from the '71 election comes courtesy of www.daveberta.ca.)
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The large farmhouse at Glenn Chester Highlands was built in 1914. This beautiful home replaced the original settler's log cabin. Today, the Thompson's keep some horses, but their main focus is on their beautiful cattle. Allan shares, in the recordings below, what drew him to this breed, and how he thinks of their care. Bella, their faithful dog pictured below guards the cattle `They are her cattle, not ours.` Allan stated.
The photo gallery below, believe it or not, holds only a fraction of the photos taken of these beautiful animals! Could there ever be too many? I think not!
In PART 1 of the interview with Allan Thompson, he recalls the first moment that he became interested in Highland Cattle, and the thirty year journey to fulfilling his intentions. You won't want to miss this one!