|Object ID #||2017.045.007ab|
|Year Range from||1885|
|Year Range to||1930|
|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.|
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|
|Dimensions||W-19 L-22 D-5.5 cm|
|Found||Derby Township (formerly), Township of Georgian Bluffs, Grey County|
McKay, Donald Gordon (Doug)
|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.|