The Odyssey of Our Ancestors
Emigrants from Eastern Europe (1908)
You arrive in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and board a crowded passenger train headed for Winnipeg, Manitoba. When you reach Winnipeg, Manitoba, you discover that there are lots of Ukrainians. You stay at the Immigration Hall for a week until you find work at a local newspaper office. You find a place to stay in a boarding house owned by a Ukrainian family who once lived in a town near your own in Russia. Continue
After your arrival in Halifax, you are taken to a train station where you soon begin your week-long journey to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Once in Saskatoon, you buy a horse and wagon to take you the rest of the way to your allotted 64 hectares of land. Once there, your family builds a temporary house. Continue
You like Winnipeg, and decide to live in the city rather than on the farm. You find a job in a newspaper office. You marry, have two children and start your own newspaper in Winnipeg. You do all you can to be a spokesperson for Ukrainian people.
You homestead some land outside Winnipeg. Your neighbours come and help you get started. Your farm in not doing as well as you had wished. You move back to Winnipeg and find a job in one of the new factories.
Family members become hired hands on other farms to make extra money and to learn how to grow crops in Canada. Your family learns excellent farming techniques from your neighbours and after a few years, all members of your family are able to quit their jobs and stay at home on your prospering farm.
You plant your crops and wait for the harvest. A drought ruins your crops. You decide to leave the farm and move to Saskatoon, where family members can find work in a factory. Your children are growing up quickly. One works in a bank, two are employed in a factory, and another is a police officer. Your fourth child marries and moves to Edmonton, Alberta.