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Object ID # 2017.045.007ab
Object Name Poke
Title Goat Poke
Year Range from 1885
Year Range to 1930
Made McKay, Hugh?
Place of Origin Sydenham Township (formerly), Municipality of Meaford, Grey County
Description Goat poke. The yoke portion (a) is made of one piece of shaped bentwood, with two holes at the end. The crosspiece (b) is hand-carved with a couple shaped areas and a primitive grip at one end. There is an intentional hole (about the size for a nail to fit). No maker's mark, it is a home-made item. There is a light finish on the wood.
Provenance Belonged to the Hugh and Jeanette (Jane) May have been made by Hugh McKay. The McKay family who farmed in the Annan/Leith area of Sydenham Township, Grey County. The McKay family farm was located about one mile north of Leith.

The next owners, Donald Gordon (Doug) McKay, and his wife Olive (née Beattie), also farmed there in Sydenham Township, until 1940, when they moved to Derby Township to another farm (Lot 9, along Highway 21).

The item was last kept by their daughter, Donna McKay-Mills of Owen Sound, Grey County.


Donald Gordon (Doug) McKay b. Feb. 1, 1899-d.2000, age 101) likely used it the most.
Collection Agricultural Tools & Equipment Collection
Material Wood/Finish
Dimensions W-19 L-22 D-5.5 cm
Found Derby Township (formerly), Township of Georgian Bluffs, Grey County
People McKay, Donald Gordon (Doug)
McKay, Olive
McKay, Hugh
Subjects Animals
Animal treatment
Goats
Livestock
Fences
Escapes
Search Terms Sydenham Township
Derby Township
Function Farmers made pokes of various sizes to keep animals from either jumping over or escaping through fences. A wooden device used around the neck of a goat to allow it to graze, but to help prevent it from jumping over a fence or escaping through a fence.