Oct 23, 2006
Katherine Schellenberg was born in 1932, to second generation
emigrant farmers in Aberdeen, Saskatchewan, Canada.
To Katherine the iconic images of the great depression are more
than just old black and white photographs of men waiting in bread
lines, working in relief camps and protesting against their
She remembers the poverty and great dust storms sweeping across the
Western prairies, making it impossible for her family to feed
themselves, these are real memories for her not just something you
read about in history books.
Extracts from e-mail's from Kathy, talking about living in
Saskatchewan Canada, as a young girl.
"I also realize
people do not understand how new this area was to the pioneers.
There had just been Indian wars with Louis Reil a few years before
and there was nothing but open prairies. You cannot imagine
standing in the middle of a field and looking from horizon to
horizon and not seeing a tree or hill for a hundred
brought up in country that has been civilized for hundreds of years
as you have, it is hard to understand that people my age and just a
few years older, were the first people in these parts of the
country; and the only people there were, were people from all the
grew up with people from Germany, Russia, Holland, France and the
Slavic countries. You see when I talk about the old days to my kids
they laugh and say, "Yes mother we know the sun never shone and the
snow drifts were six feet high." When we lived in the house
by the river and when the real cold weather came we had to go to my
older sisters house and sleep in their attic as we could not afford
fuel. Her husband had a steady job in the flourmill so they had a
fairly good income. Their house though was very small. And in the
summer time people used to hang their milk and meat etc., in the
well to keep it cool."