Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Story of a True Pioneer

Karl, the eldest of eight children left his family at 22 years of age to seek the adventure of his life. He boarded the Thuringia, and left Hamburg, Germany on February 29th, 1928.

You can see him standing in the front row, in the middle.
Once they sailed past the English Channel they came across rough seas and storms for several days, where the force of the waves pushed in the outside deck rail. They slept wearing their life jackets and needless to say the passengers were ill, however the story is told that Karl never missed a meal.

They arrived in Halifax harbour on March 11th, where it was recorded by Immigration Canada Karl had $6.00 in his pocket. The plan was for him to travel by train to Saskatchewan where he would meet up with others he knew and start work as a hired hand. "They" told him he would not be travelling on the same train as the others, and it was not clear if he would ever make it to his destination. Once the train stopped in Manitoba, Karl jumped off it and found his friends on another train bound for Humboldt. He paid his fare and was now assured he would make it to his new home.

After two years he saved enough money to purchase his own land... it was bush and needed to be cleared. He did this by hand with an axe and a grub hoe. It was hard labour, but he was what they call a "Pioneer", a settler... and settle he did.

 

Parts of this story was taken from the Middle Lake "The Vintage Years" book, Copyright 1982.


This story was brought to you by way of Sian's Storytelling Sunday. You can read more stories there, or even join in and link up. Thank you for stopping by!

15 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, what a story. What an adventure. To arrive with $6 and find a way to make a home and a new life - what an amazing man.

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  2. Ginger,
    Those pictures are awesome. Thanks for sharing this wonderful story.
    Rinda

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  3. I loved this! The pictures are amazing! I once asked my grandpa about coming from Poland- I wish I would have recorded it.

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  4. what a great story! So interesting to hear about these true pioneers. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Such an interesting story,Ginger...and the photos really bring it to life.

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  6. Ginger, this is just awesome! I'm blown away by thephotos you have to go with your amazing story and I would love to know the story behind how you got hold of the pictures too. Wow! I'm such a big fan of family history stories, I love it.

    Thank you for joining in Storytelling Sunday today.

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  7. Amazing! Not just the story, but oh those photos :)

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  8. I love the photos! A great story to go with them too :)

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  9. Oh wow, to go so far with so little - that is a pioneer spirit. Thanks for sharing your story.

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  10. Oh Wow Ginger, what a story. I really enjoyed it and the pictures you shared with it. Have you ever checked out Pier 21 in Halifax? We were there in June and were astounded at the info they had on my family.

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  11. I have lots of pioneering stories in my family too Ginger, it comes with the territory of relatively new countries I suppose ... they were certainly brave and adventurous people back then!

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  12. Wow, what an adventure ? I am struck by the so many unknowns on his trip. Our lives now are too well planned.

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  13. Great story and I am so jealous that you have photos of family history of this quality!

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  14. great adventure story. How is Karl related to you?

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  15. What a great story & wonderful old photos.

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