Friday, January 26, 2007

Richard Werenchuk weighs in


THE PHOTO IS OF MY FATHER MIKE AND HIS SISTER, OLGA MY AUNT, WHOM I NEVER KNEW AS SHE DIED 8 YRS. BEFORE I SHOWED UPON THE SCENE. THE BUILDING IN THE BACKGROUND IS OF HENDERSON FURNITURE. WHAT THEY ARE DOING WITH THE COW, MAYBE BESSIE BINGO, OR FETCHING IT HOME FOR A MILKING? IT DOESN'T MATTER.

HELLO MARSTON,
HOLY COW I FEEL SO SELF IMPORTANT WITH ALL THIS 1065-1067 KERFUFFLE.WHEN KSENIA (SARAH) & EWAN (JOHN) WERENCHUK GOT OFF THE BOAT FROM RUSSIA IN 1913, THE FIRST THING DONE, EVERYBODY WAS REGISTERED ON THE DOCK.WHERE MY GRANDPARENTS CAME FROM, THE CYRILLIC ALPHABET WAS USED. "W" IS PRONOUNCED"V", / ALSO THE "V" IS PRONOUNCED "W". THE PENCIL JOCKEY CLERK, RECORDING ALL THIS, WROTE IT DOWN AS HE SAW FIT, NOT KNOWING OR CARING ABOUT SOME MORE IMMIGRANT GARLIC BURNERS. THAT YEAR 1913, SAW OVER 400,000 PEOPLE COME TO CANADA. GRANDPAW WAS 18YRS OLD & GRANNY 16YRS OLD. SHE WAS ALMOST PASSED MARRIAGEABLE AGE. BACK THEN YOU HAD TO GET THEM YOUNG, TREAT THEM ROUGH, & TELL THEM NOTHING.
GRANNY TOLD ME SHE CAME HERE LOOKING FOR HER FATHER, (MY GREAT GRAND FATHER) WHO SHE FOUND WORKING AS A CABINETMAKER FOR THE GRAND TRUNK RAILWAY IN POINT ST.CHARLES. HE WAS SAVING TO TRY AND BRING HIS WHOLE FAMILY BACK TO
CANADA.
HER FATHER WENT BACK IN 1917 TO FETCH THE WHOLE GANG, DUE TO POLITICAL UPHEAVAL, THE MONARCHY BEING OUSTED TO COMMUNISM - HE NEVER CAME BACK. GRANDPAW (JOHN) HAD MULTIPLES OF JOBS, A FEW I KNEW WERE FOR GRAND TRUNK, MTL.GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB, ALSO CITY OF ST. LAMBERTS AS
LABOURER-GARDENER.

GRANNY RAN A BOARDING HOUSE TO EARN EXTRA LOOT.
WERENCHUK'S CAME TO ST. LAMBERTS IN 1919 OR SO TO CRAIGMORE AVE. ABOUT WHERE THE PARKING LOT OF IGA (STEINBERG'S)TODAY. THERE WAS A ROW TENEMENT SLUM
TYPE HOUSING IN WHICH THEY LIVED UNTIL THEY GOT THE PRESENT LAND ON VICTORIA FOR UNPAID TAXES.

THEY STARTED BUILDING IN 1929, EVERYBODY ELSE WAS PARANOID FROM THE DEPRESSION, THEY BUILT, AS THEY HAD BIG VEGATABLE GARDENS FOR FOOD, ALL THE PRODUCE WAS CANNED OR PRESERVED, ALSO A COUPLE OF MILK COWS, PLUS CHICKENS FOR THE CACKLEBERRIES & SOUP. THE HAY FOR FODDER WAS CUT OFF PRESENT DAY SIR WILFRED LAURIER. GRANNY SAID SHE HAD MORE MILK CUSTOMERS THAN VICTORIA DAIRY WHEN THE DAIRY FIRST BEGAN.
THE LITTLE CABIN IN THE WOODS/ CHICKEN COOP/ RENTAL, WHICH IS STILL THERE, DON'T TELL ANYBODY ABOUT IT AS ST.LAMBERTS MAY FORCE AN HISTORICAL LAW ON ME TO DECLARE THE SHACK ER DUMP, I MEAN SHED A HERITAGE SITE.

THIS PLACE WAS USED AS TEMPORARY SHELTER UNTIL THE NEW PLACE, UPPER & LOWER FLATS WERE HABITABLE. ONCE MY GRAND PARENTS MOVED INTO THE NEW PLACE THE BACK SHED WAS RENTED OUT AS THERE WAS A HOUSING SHORTAGE. THE LAST PERSON WHO LIVED THERE WAS LESLIE JUPP, HE HAD WORKED ALL HIS LIFE FOR SMILEY WOOD & COAL.THE PLACE WAS HARD TO SPOTAS BEVERLY V. HAD SAID ,THE WHOLE PLACE WAS VERY OVER GROWN AND JUNGLE LIKE CONDITIONS EXISTED. THE CHICKENS, COWS, & HORSE WERE KEPT IN 2 SHEDS BETWEEN THE VICTORIA DAIRY & ROTHESAY. THE DAVIS' AND MARCOTTE'SWEREN'T THE ONLY SOD BUSTERS AROUND. IN LATER YEARS GRANNY KEPT HER OULAW FOWL IN A BIG DOG HOUSE & OR SCRAP CAR, DID I HEAR SOMEBODY SAY
REDNECK?

BUTE AVE WAS THE STREET THE VICTORIA DAIRY WAS SITUATED ON, THE STREET CROSSED LAURIER BLVD. AND WAS THE ADDRESS FOR HENDERSON FURNITURE, MEIGHEN LOADING FACTORY, (PRESENT DAY ESSO & MACDONALD'S) THE STREET WAS DISCONTINUED IN THE SIXTIES OR SO, BIG DEAL.
THAT'S IT FOR NOW, YOU CAN SPELL MY NAME ANYWAY YOU WANT EXCEPT TRY NOT TO PUT AN "F" IN PLACE OF THE "C'. WERENCHUK.

RICHARD..............

Thanks Richard W.
Now we know the whole story..

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