Our old photograph this week shows a new Ford at Fairgrieve’s Garage at Stow captured on September 19, 1933 and it was kindly lent to us by Margaret Dick of Galashiels, whose late husband, John, worked there. Agricultural engineers Thomas Sheriff & Co is now on the site.
Fairgrieves was the main Ford agency for the Borders and had branches in Galashiels and Kelso. It was always family-run and specialised in tractors.
During the Second World War it had the government contract to supply all the local farmers with Fordson tractors with the proviso that if any broke down they would be repaired within 24 hours.
In the back row, from left, are an unknown boy, Tom Hardie, Willie Waddell, George Fairgrieve, David Graham, unknown, Jimmy Cockburn, Alec Fairgrieve, Tom Fairgrieve, Duncan Hardie, John Fairgrieve and George Nicolson at the pump
Front row: unknown, Robert Logan, Betty Fairgrieve, Margaret Fairgrieve and Myra Guthrie.
Perhaps someone knows the identity of the unamed people?
z Last week we published a photo from Yarrow and Ettrick agricultural show taken 1981. Keith Donaldson has been in touch to say the man in the middle of the trio is his great uncle, Walter Jackson, a shepherd at Clerkhill Grains Farm near Eskdalemuir. Keith says Walter worked until he was into his mid-70s and believes he had not long retired when the photo was taken. Walter, he says, was a regular judge at shows across the Borders.
Compiled by Sally Gillespie