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March 13 , 2009

The White House on The Hill


The early 1900’s were an exciting time for the prairies of Canada. Immigrants poured in from countries all around the world looking for an opportunity to begin a new life in the colonies. It was no walk in the park for these settlers; they faced a violent climate that spent six months of the year doing its best to kill everything. During the other 6 months the settlers were forced to endure drought, hordes of insects, heat, and extreme lightning storms. Not to mention language barriers between the various fellow settlers.
However the virgin land produced, boy did it produce when things were right. The settlers refined their agricultural skills to complement the land, further enhancing the yields and their profits. The Canadian prairies were indeed the “melting pot” for all of the settlers. The very character and makeup of the current residents of the prairies is a reflection composed of the cumulative results of the original settlers and their particular traditions, customs, foods and habits. There were no racial or ethnic issues to speak of; there simply wasn’t enough time or energy to waste hating your neighbor. And with everyone being in the same boat just attempting to survive circumvented any trivial segregation efforts. Having neighbors and friends were critical to everyone’s success. The following manuscript speaks to the memories of one particular family in the late nineteen hundreds and what it was like to live on the Saskatchewan prairies.

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