Born - 1915
Married - Anne(nee:Dzioba) 1938
Children - Judy(Hlewka), Sylvia(Stephansen), and John
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In 1913 grandfather Daniel(Donald) married Doris(nee:Bodnarchuk). Two years later a son, Edward was born, a daughter Helen in 1917, and James in 1922. The family took up residence in Auburn New York where Dan worked in a button factory. Edward was nine at the time and remembers for a dime he could see a movie. He had the misfortune of being hit in the leg with a stray bullet while playing outside there. After four years Mom became ill with pleurisy and under doctor's orders moved back to Hafford. She was later hospitalized in the Prince Albert Sanatorium and died in 1935 of tuberculosis (consumption).
Edward lost his mother at a early age - 7 years old. When he cried at his mother's funeral - he remembers his father - Dan hitting him and telling him not to cry - Dan had slapped Edward on the face and scolded him for crying and missing his mother Dora. Dora Left behind 3 young children who were apparently abandoned by their father Dan at a New York train station where Edward, his younger brother Jimmy and his younger sister Helen made it back to Hafford via trains, hunger, cold, and fear of getting picked up to be put into an orphanage miles away from home. This abandonment that Dan committed by leaving his children at the train station - would foster a hatred and resentment between Edward and his father Dan - till the day Dan died.
Many years have passed since Edward came back to Saskatchewan - his aunty in Hafford - took the three children in but they were never afforded the opportunity to attend university like their relatives. Although Edward was very intellectual - he never had to opportunity to certify his intelligence via a degree so he became a carpenter and farmer who had three children - Judy, Sylvia and John.
Helen was a free spirit - beautiful - but free and adventurous, Jimmy played it cool and became a mail man and Edward established himself as the head millwright at the old coop lumber yard/store and farmed wheat, rape seed or whatever he thought he could do good at considering the Saskatchewan wheat pool was sucking the life out of most farmers by controlling the grain the farmers sold.
The next year, 1936 Don purchased a half section of land in the Clouston area. This was in what was considered the 'green zone' during the drought years. According to the neighbors it had been owned by a Russian doctor who fled to Canada to escape the Russian revolution. The land was much better than at Hafford, no rocks. Dad could plow all day without being jolted off once. The first few years during the depression and drought were difficult. Edward was batching and doing most all of the farming, as Dan was working as a carpenter. In 1938 Edward met and married Anne Dzioba. Anne and her parents, John and Mary, brother William and sister Joyce, emigrated in 1935 from the town of Tarnopol in Halychyna Ottoman Empire later Western Ukraine. Anne recalled the massive troop movements sometime lasting a whole day through her village.
Ed and Anne farmed in the Clouston-MacDowell area for 12 years and for Judy, their first born there was no other place. In 1951 Edward moved the family to the Prince Albert Riverside area. A second daughter Sylvia was three years old at the time and son John born in July 1951. Ed purchased the old Oliver Farm where the district's dairymen would gather and hold their annual picnic. Son John recalls that while out patrolling the roads the chain fell off his bike. Trying to fix it as his dog 'nigger' looked on, a car pulled up and the driver asked if he needed help. John was speechless as it was John Diefenbaker. He promptly engaged his driver to place the bike in his trunk and drove him home. Needless to say he was the hero of the day arriving in the yard with the prime minister.
Edward retired inn 1977 after 20 years as a cabinet maker for the Co-op Lumber Yard. With wife Anne they keep busy with odd jobs around the farm that son John now farms, Mother attends her gardens and flowers and Ed also still building for friends and neighbors.