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  • Keywords
    • Chortitza Russia,
    • Manitoba,
    • Saskatchewan,
    • Homesteading,
    • Teichroeb family,
    • Teichreb family,
    • immigration

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The Way It Was
by Ron Teichreb

For many families living in South Russia, Canada was seen as the promised land, a place to escape famine and the communist regime. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, migration from the Motherland was fraught with both fear and promise, the potential for a better life in a new land. The Way It Was is a true chronology of Ron Teichreb’s family, which emigrated from Russia to Saskatchewan where they lived in tune with the land as homesteaders. It’s a story of a hard life softened by glints of joy, seen through vignettes detailing life’s many milestones, such as births, marriages, and deaths. Hijinks and resilience are common themes that the author shares when telling of his boyhood spent growing up on a small farm, playing sports, and exploring other pursuits. Eventually, he introduces the reader to his adulthood, career, and, finally, retirement in Saskatoon.

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As a young adult, I started taking an interest in finding out where I came from. I would ask my parents, aunts and uncles about what it was like in the "Old Country." It seemed like everyone I knew was from another place and had come to Canada to start a new life. I searched for any clues from any source, stories about the "Old Country," why they came here and what it was like to be pioneers or direct descendants of pioneers. I had notes, anecdotes, and verbal history in various forms. For several years I started thinking of putting all this information into a first-person book/story form. After my retirement from the Civil Service and my children now in careers of their own, I finally had the time to start the process and to write my first book. It has been a great experience and a fun project. Enjoy!


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