Mamma's Memoirs Final Part
by Anita Mae Draper
Part 1 - Mamma's early years in Finland
Part 2 - Meeting and marrying Pappa and emigrating to Canada
Part 3 - Early Life in Canada and Birth of the Children
We left off in 1950 when Pappa and Mamma and their 6 children moved out of the 3 room log house and into the new house, pictured below.
Any writing you see on the photos are in Mamma's own hand
My husband was always working at the camp so he wasn't at home to teach them. The boys were taken to Cochrane for work. They were very good boys, Bill and Bob Honey.
After that I put an ad in the Finnish Canadian Newspaper. For the homeless I would take in feed and care for.
We had three girls and three boys. But after the Honey boys were taken to Cochrane in 1958, we had an accident on the highway, when the gaspipeline was brought to Hearst.
My husband was driving our Ferguson tractor and he had eleven bags of potatoes. Our 15 year old boy, Billy, was sitting on top of the potatoes. From behind, just before the road at
mile 7, came a pipeline tractor trailer very fast. It was Saturday, the young men were partying in the car. The car drove beside, but the long trailer went over our tractor, when the driver wanted to turn left.
The men from the car saw the quick bang throw my husband off in the air (he was driving the tractor). Billy's legs were badly damaged. A neighbour, Mrs. Mouland called for an ambulance. An ambulance was there soon. The doctor amputated Billy's legs, but he never woke up. He was brought to the same room with his dad, and he watched the boy die. My
husband also was hurt badly. But I am glad that Billy died instead of being a cripple without legs. He was a Christian, ready for heaven.
If I could count all my family now -- but they are so far. I don't even know all the names of the great, great grandchildren.
That concludes Mamma's handwritten Memoirs, but it's not the end of Mamma's story...
In 1980 while still living on the farm, Mamma and Pappa celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. The bulletin board behind them is Mamma's memory board. Photos of children and grandchildren and cards would be put here. Every morning, Mamma would touch each one and pray for that child.
Pappa passed away a few months later.
It seems only right to end this post the way we started... in Mamma's own words...
Grandma Henrekson (Kakkonen) Memoirs -- in English
other books are in Finn language --
I'm not good in English writing -- Never went to school --
only learn a little at home from my children --
-- Thank you Children --
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