It was 1976 when Odie Fox opened his first storefront in Canyon Country — Fox Feed. Originally from Oklahoma, he went west during the Great Depression and began working in the hay fields of the Imperial Valley. In this photo from the 1940s, Odie (left) and his friend are loading up hay for a delivery. Odie purchased more modern trucks over the years and in the 1960s and ‘70s his son, Jerry Fox, joined him, delivering hay to dairies and later building the store on Sierra Highway.
Read more local history in the book “Canyon Country” by Martha Michael & released by Arcadia Publishing. It is available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Sam’s Club, Costco and ArcadiaPublishing.com.