A tale of a pig and a panel

The pig and the panel truck

Elida Peers tells the story of a fortunate pig and a not so fortunate truck driver

There is quite a resurgence of interest in local farming these days, and I am reminded of a little story about a pig that happened about 1959.

Friends of ours were living on a farm in Otter Point. Though the man of the house (we’ll call him Lou) drove to work every day at an Esquimalt shipyard, the couple enjoyed the rural life of a small farm.  Lou stocked the place with cattle and pigs.

One day Lou borrowed a panel truck from his friend Larry Sutherland. His own vehicle wasn’t adequate, as he needed to transport his sow pig in to Metchosin for a rendezvous with a boar at another farm that had a large pig herd.

So he brought the truck from Larry’s Saseenos home out to Otter Point and bright and early next morning, loaded in the big heavy sow. Detouring to Metchosin on his way to work at the shipyard, Lou watched the pig happily join the herd. Returning in the evening, he loaded the pig back into the panel truck, got back onto the Sooke Road and headed west.

The pig stood in the panel  truck, contentedly watching over Lou’s shoulder as they made their way home, the route passing through Dewdney Flats, where the market garden fields stood ripe with cabbages.  Suddenly, traffic on the long straight road ahead forced Lou to brake sharply, and the big sow lurched forward, landing on top of Lou, who was flattened.

The sow’s forelegs rammed through the steering wheel, while the panel truck careened forward and Lou was pushed aside.  Imagine the shock of oncoming drivers who found themselves trying to avoid a vehicle charging wildly towards them with a pig at the wheel!

While Lou suffered bruises and Larry’s panel suffered as well, the pig ended up happy enough, for when the truck overturned, she gorged herself munching on cabbages.

Post script: While we have to apologize that the pig shown is not Lou’s, it is indeed a legitimate Otter Point pig, because it was photographed last week on another historic Otter Point farm, now owned by Ed Tuson.

Elida Peers, Historian

Sooke Region Museum

Just Posted

Food service workers at Victoria airport demonstrate for second time in four months

Negotiations continue to drag on with employer Compass Group Canada, VAA refuses to engage

Saanich councillor leads CRD as board chair

Colin Plant vows to seek partial leave from teaching to commit to board

Passenger passes out on a bus in Sooke

Man was revived and was alert and coherent

Active investigation into reported sexual assault at CFB Esquimalt

An Oct. 5 allegation is being investigated by Canadian Forces National Investigation Service

Sooke school district board chair, vice chair acclaimed

Ravi Parmar will serve a second term as chair

People flocking to Vancouver Island city to see hundreds of sea lions

Each year the combination of Steller and California sea lions take over Cowichan Bay

Vancouver Island remembers

Important stories shared as Islanders salute those who made the greatest sacrifice

Supreme Court hears case on migrant detainees’ rights to challenge incarceration

Currently, migrants who do not hold Canadian citizenship can only challenge detention through an immigration tribunal or a judicial review.

Canada Post issues new offer to employees as eBay calls on Ottawa to end strikes

Ebay is calling on the federal government to legislate an end to the Canada Post contract dispute, warning that quick action is needed to ensure retailers don’t lose out on critical Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.

No G20 member has climate plan strong enough to meet Paris targets: report

Canada’s push to be a world leader in the fight against climate change may be hampered by its distinction for producing the most greenhouse gas emissions per person among the world’s 20 largest economies.

Federal and provincial government spend more dough on ecological ‘Timbits’

Ottawa and Victoria spend $14.65 million completing conservation area in southeastern B.C.

Talent show: B.C. girl, 8, memorizes entire periodic table

Grade 4 student Maya Lakhanpal heads to B.C. talent show finals with unique talent

B.C. teacher suspended 5 days for touching colleague’s buttocks

Lancer Kevin Price of Chilliwack has handed the retroactive suspension for 2017 incidents

Commercial trucks banned from left lane of Coquihalla

B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation has introduced a new program that hopes to prevent accidents and closures on the Coquihalla Highway.

Most Read