Fanshawe Township 1880 - 1910 - During these three decades farming becomes the economic engine which drives development in London and Middlesex County.
Farm families remain almost self sufficient in food production yet rural communities and towns and villages become more interdependent. Surging farm production surpluses are shipped locally and around the world generating incomes to purchase a growing industry of agricultural implements, finished clothing and household items often from catalogues and specialized stores and businesses.
Farming is still hard and hazardous work. Crop failures, barn fires, bad weather, illness, injury and death often lead to the loss of the farm.