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Shandalla from Sandy Lake, Manitoba. They lived on the Hetherinton farm, better known as Harts Lake. They lived through the hard times, first can of cream they sold was for $1.50, eggs were 1Oq: and 6q: a dozen. They were blessed with three children, Stanley, Cecilia and Ed mund. When Stanley was born it was not too bad, there were a few neighbours that bought a few clothes for the baby. When Cecilia was born two years later she had nothing. Our neighbour, Mrs. McInnis brought two wool shirts, so it was a big help as they couldn't afford anything in advance. One and a half years later, their son Edmund was born. After ten years of married life Frank died in 1941, so everything was changed. In the fall of that year, they had a sale and left for Alberta, as Alberta was progressing. First Jessie bought a house there in Thorsby, and the third year got married to Joe Kowaliwich and had another girl Carolyn, a sister for Cecilia. Three years later Jessie was left alone again with 4 children to take care of. She worked very hard to make the ends meet as the children were growing. They were a big help. Now they are on their own. Stanley has three daughters and Edmund has three daughters so there will be no Marcino name in Alberta. Cecilia is married to Allan Holt. They have six children, Carolyn married Art Standish, they have four children. Stanley, when he first went to the north country, was seventeen years old and he made his home there. He took training as a heavy duty mecanic, and fixing tires. Edmund is working with oil. He and his family were in England, Spain, then he came back and settled in Calgary for five years. Now his family are living in Calgary and he still goes to work in England and Spain and other countries. Cecilia was married in 1951. Her husband lost his foot while working with oil. Now he owns five school buses.
Left to Right: Kay and Paul Usick, Carrie and Mac Marcino, Jessie and Frank Marcino.
MARCINO, JOSEPH AND MARY
by the Family
Joe Marcino came to Canada from Poland in 1927 at the age of 16, coming to his brother Mike's home south of Erickson. In 1933 he married Mary Wojchyshyn and they made their home with Mary's parents on Sec. 33-17- 19W in the Harrison Municipality. After three years they
built their own home on Sec. 21-17-19W where they farmed for seven years. In 1943 they built a new house on Mary's father's homestead where they lived until retirement in 1975. Then they built another new house on Central N St. in Erickson where they now reside.
Besides farming, Joe had many interests. He served on the St. Anthony Church and Hall committees for eighteen years and as trustee of the Round Lake School District for sixteen years. He was weed inspector for the Harrison Municipality for three years. Church activities have always played an important part in their lives and Joe was always involved in the building and renovating of the church buildings.
In 1934 and many more winters, Joe worked in the lumber camps in the Riding Mountain National Park, getting lumber for his own house, barn and other buildings. He worked in Kippen's Mill, the Skog Brothers' Mill, in Scandinavia for the Hillstrand Brothers, and in Rackham for Ralph Zachary and Felix Surovy. He spent one year maintaining the camp grounds at Moon Lake and one at Lake Audy in the park.
As a carpenter Joe made his own blue prints. He worked on the Erickson Hotel, St. Jude's Church, Searle Elevator, as well as many homes and barns in the area. He was a director of the Pool Elevator for six years, member of the Parkland Home Baord for three years and a member of the Knights of Columbus since 1976.
In his younger years Joe was a very keen hunter and has many deer hunting stories to tell. He never misses a chance to go fishing. One of his hobbies is making knives both for kitchen use and fishing. His knives have gone to Poland, Scotland and the U.S.A.
Mary attended Round Lake School as did all their children. Mary was a competent farm wife and always had a beautiful garden and raised chickens, geese and ducks. She was also a good sewer and kept her family clothed for school. When Joe was away she had the farm to run. One of these times her horse ran away. Not being able to catch him, and as she had to haul water quite a distance for the livestock in the barn, she adjusted the harness and put it on the bull. She hitched him to the sled and delivered her barrel of water to the animals. In those "good old days" things were hard and Mary found herself alone with her children on the farm but not much stopped this lady. She was always prepared with a shotgun to scare off blackbirds or send a bear on its way. She has a genuine green thumb and her home was always full of blooming plants as well as her garden. She was a member of St. Anthony's Ladies' group and now is president of the St. Jude's Ladies and is one of the "dough makers" for the perogie making group.
Joe and Mary are active members of the Perky Pioneers and have sung in the choir there. Their retirement years are busy ones as they visit their family scattered across the country.
In 1972, they toured Poland and Holland visiting Joe's three sisters and many nieces and nephews.
Joe and Mary have seven children:
Elizabeth (Liz) lives in Kemnay with her husband Dick O'Neil and daughter Lyn. She works at the Fairview Nursing Home and Dick is retired from Canadian Pacific Express.