Lögberg-Heimskringla - 01.08.1981, Blaðsíða 12

Lögberg-Heimskringla - 01.08.1981, Blaðsíða 12
12-WINNIPEG, HÁTÍÐARBLAÐ 1981 Icelanders - Ukrainians Continued from page 8 myself, had the good fortune to be born in Canada. I in Winnipeg, and he at Rivers, Manitoba. This had given us command of the English language, we were bi-cultural, he could fit into the Ukrainian background and I could revert to the Icelandic culture and yet both of us could move freely in the larger English speaking community, wheré our future lay, and which we recognized as the path to higher rungs that make up the ladder to greater and better things. These op- portunities were not open to our fellow workers on the gang, they had to be content with their lot. They were locked in because of language and cultural backgrounds foreign to the Canadian ways, which was common to other nationals that immigrated from non-English speak- ing countries. The years ahead of- fered little encouragement, mainly strenuous physical labour for meagre earnings that were carefully accounted for and sent home to families or to see them through the winter until the following year, when they hoped to once again ob- tain a labouring job on an Extra Gang. In due course the gang arrived for lunch. As the hand cars rolled in I kept an eye open for Mike, he was smiling as he informed me that I had a job. When the foreman learned that Mike was leaving and re- quested that I have his job, he said, "You both need jobs to help you at University, tell your friend to report for work after lunch". This man was a section foreman from Port Ar- thur, now Thunder Bay. He was Ukrainian and like so many of his countrymen appreciated the value of higher education. His kind favour has always made me feel grateful. After lunch we lifted the hand cars onto the tracks and heaved in unison as ten of us on each car pro- vided the muscular power that pro- pelled the car on its way to where the gang had left off from work. The routine was simple, half hour for lunch, half hour for supper, a total of 13 hours of work each day including Sundays and holidays. The pay was 25 cents per hour with nothing extra for overtime, holidays or the Sabbath and the meals cost 75 cents each day. Our home was bunk cars, converted from run down freight cars. The bunks were wooden, with no springs, mat- tresses, pillows or blankets. There were no showers, washroom, laun- dry or toilet facilities. The numerous lakes in the Precambrian Shield prqvided the facilities that our National Railway failed to render. The Extra Gangs were headed by foremen who were usually Ukrai- nian. The pressure of their ethnic background compelled them to favour their people when hiring for the gang. This left the rest of us as a small minority, which always frustrated a renowned extra gang foreman named John Babiak. His English was limited but that did not prevent him from making himself understood. Naturally he preferred Ukrainian help, they understood him and he understood them. John Continued on page 19 COMPLIMENTS OF . . . Johnson & Sons Arborg Ltd. Your Home — Auto and Farm Supply Store Phone 376-2972 ARBORG MANITOBA HAMINGJUÓSKIR . . . MUIR'S DRUG STORE JOHN CLUBB & ROY BREED FAMILY DRUGGISTS HOME ar>d ELUCE 774-4412 "The Chapel founded by A.S. Bardal to provide warmth, understanding and personal service within the means of all." SINCE 1894 BARDAL FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM 843 SHERBROOK STREET, WINNIPEG, MANITOBA 774-7474 The people of Icelandic extraction and friends in Canada and the United States hold the Annual Icelandic Festival on which occasion they pay tribute in speech and. verse to the land of their origin, to the icelandic pioneers and thc land that is now their own. a * iHOWS) SÍ0*** •'-** ^*^ SAN?S rHTLDBHN?A^vlC£ EVENIN^ GIMUFOLKFESTIVAL Sunday evening, August 2 — Featuring •ír TomJackson > BrentParkin ¦ó- DanDonahue * RlckNeufeld ¦ír Len Udow ¦sV Dave McLean it Kozubs ¦ír Marla Guberman * Len & Karen Thanks to the Department of Cultural Affairs and Historical Resources and The Music Performance Trust Fund. MONDAY, AUGUST3rd, 1981 lcelandic Festival Parade Featuring Khartum Temple Shrine Units (10:00 a.m.) ¦ radítional Festival Program - 2:00 p.m. * & Fjallkona (Maid of the Mountain) Mrs. Marjorie Arnason Hr Toast to Canada Mr. Helgi Bergs (Mayor of Akureyri) •& Toast to Iceland Mr- John J. Arnason Attend the Festival Dances in the Park Pa villion Saturday, August 1 - Wee Willy Music Services Monday, August 3 -Johnny and His Musical Mates FREE ADMISSION TO GIMLI PARK GROUNDS This Viking Long Ship "Vikingur" was presented to the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba by James Richard- son & Sons Ltd., to com- memorate the lOOth An- niversary of the arrival of the lcelanders to Mantioba. Icelanders settled in Manitoba in 1875. THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE ICELANDIC FESTIVAL reserves the right to alter any portion of Ihe progrom if necessary. .

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