This 1940′s photo shows Mrs. Emma McGuire tending cattle at the Bey Lea farm in then Dover Township. ¬† ¬† ¬†Long before Bey Lea was a county golf course, it was a large working dairy farm. ¬† In 1929, Emma married Benjamin McGuire, president of McGuire Brothers Inc. Bey Lea Farms Dairy. ¬†The farm was opened in 1932.
The family sold the farm to the township in 1965 to be used as a golf course.
In 1966, Mrs. McGuire moved to Maryland where she died at the age of 90 in 1998. ¬† ¬†Her husband Benjamin died in 1983.
Photos courtesy of OCHistory.org.