Transcript: People of Ontario: Ed Ziemba & Sons - Holland Marsh | Jan 03, 1990

(music plays)

A clip shows a road, a field, and a cow running in a farm.

A title reads “People of Ontario.”

A clip shows a man in his sixties standing in a farm. He is clean-shaven, has short gray hair, and is wearing a plaid gray and white shirt, and a white and green cap.
A caption reads “Ed Ziemba. Holland Marsh.”

He says MY FATHER STARTED
BACK IN 1934.
THE MARSH WAS ACTUALLY
DEVELOPED, I GUESS,
IN ABOUT 1928 WHEN
THEY PUT THE CANAL
AROUND THE MARSH
DEVELOPING
AND IT STARTED
OPENING FROM THERE.
MY FATHER STARTED IN
1934 IN THE MARSH
SHARECROPPING
UP IN SIMCOE COUNTY.
AND OUR PRESENT PLACE NOW,
WE'VE BEEN HERE 50 YEARS.

Several clips show Ed’s farm, and a sign that reads “T. Ziemba and Sons.”

Ed continues WE BOUGHT THIS PARTICULAR
FARM IN 1939 SO IT'S GOING ON
50 YEARS THAT WE'VE
BEEN IN THIS LOCATION.
SO ANYWAY, MY PARENTS
STARTED IT AND IT'S GONE
FROM FATHER TO SONS,
TO SECOND GENERATION,
TO THIRD GENERATION COMING
UP, AND WE HAVE OUR SONS
IN THE BUSINESS NOW TOO.

(music plays)

A short clip shows two young men working in the farm.

Ed continues OH WELL, IT'S JUST FROM
LITTLE WEE GUYS HERE
USED TO DRIVE AROUND ON
THE TRACTOR WITH US
AND THEY'D GO
FOR A RIDE
AND ALL THE FATHER
AND SON TYPE A THING.
ALWAYS WANTING TO RIDE ON
THE TRACTOR AND HE'S BEEN
LIKE THAT, AND HE'S JUST
BEEN - MY OLDEST GUY TONY,
HE'S 22, HE'S JUST
A PROFESSIONAL.
I CAN SEND HIM TO
DRIVE ANYTHING.
BUT HE WAS BORN
RIGHT WITH IT,
IT'S THE SAME THING WITH
ME WHEN I WAS GROWING UP
AS A TEENAGER.
I RAN THE
MACHINERY AND THAT.
MY FATHER DIDN'T EVEN
ATTEMPT TO DRIVE TRACTORS.
I DID ALL
THE PLANTING.
SO IT'S BEEN IN MY
LIFE ALL MY LIFE
TO JUMP ON ANY PIECE OF
EQUIPMENT AND DRIVE AWAY.
AND SAME WITH MY SONS NOW,
THEY'RE THE SAME THING.

Several clips show Ed and his sons moving equipment, driving tractors and working in the farm.

(music plays)

Ed says WHEN WAS THAT?
OH MY GOODNESS,
I WAS JUST A...
[laughing]
I WAS ABOUT 10 OR
12 YEARS OLD THEN.
THAT WAS THE BIGGEST
THRILL IN MY LIFE.
MY FATHER BOUGHT A BRAND
NEW TRACTOR FOR US
IN THE EARLY '40s,
DURING THE WAR.
INCIDENTALLY, IT WAS
A VERY HARD THING TO GET.
YOU HAD TO GET A SPECIAL
PERMIT AND EVERYTHING ELSE
THAT WE HAD TO HAVE AND
I'LL NEVER FORGET THAT.
DRIVING THAT
BRAND NEW TRACTOR.
I WAS REALLY
PROUD OF THAT.

(music plays)

Several clips show Ed working with his sons.
Then, a clip shows them hauling a cart carrying wooden crates with a tractor.

Ed says OKAY.
READY?
LET'S GO.

(music plays)

[tractor engine rumbles]

End credits roll
Editor, Neill McWilliams
Producer/Director, Inge Johnson

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