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.
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.
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