Photos of large groups are nice to find. Photos of large groups where someone has identified everyone in them like this one are a treasure! People from the Kayville area should be familiar with this 1920 photo as it appears in a number of history books about the area and a copy was also hung on the wall of the community centre. Let's see who's who at the zoo!
Between the years of 1918 and 1919 Canada was swept by an epidemic of Spanish Influenza (Spanish Flu) which was brought into the country by veterans returning from combat at the end of World War I (WWI). Across the country approximately 50000 people died. The people living and farming around Kayville, Saskatchewan were not spared.
My search for family information is quite centred on the small region surrounding Kayville, Saskatchewan. Having such a small region to scour should make things easy but when it comes to determining the truth of a fact the challenge remains. I have compiled a list of 569 dead in the Kayville area between the dates of 1910 and 2015. Some of the information is quite complete while some other only raise more questions!
While a handful of Romanians lived in the area around Regina, Saskatchewan as early as 1891 the larger numbers of immigrants didn't start arriving until after 1905. One of the early families to arrive was the Donisans and in this interesting first-hand account we learn a little bit about their journey to build lives in Canada.
It may not have been completely true but the romance of a widow and eight children abandoned on the side of a desolate prairie gravel road as a cold wind blew and the serendipity of the kind-hearted man who happened by, was smitten and took them in made for a great story. It could happen, right? Maybe not but the tragedy of the circumstance that brought them together was real.
Modern weddings can take so many forms. For the first generation Canadian Romanian families they often continued the old-world traditions practiced by their forefathers.
Each document I uncover is an opportunity to pretend to be a time traveller. Sometimes a single document can paint a vivid picture of the past and bring you a little closer to understanding what life might have been like. Today I time travelled and spent a number of hours visiting with the family of Constantine “Costan” Cojocari in 1940 Detroit, Michigan. Travel back with me thanks to the United States Census which took place in April of that year.
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