Bernie Adelberg: Homesteading in Northern BC

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Lillian and Bernie Adelberg, with dogs, on the farm
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Adelberg, Bernie
Vancouver, BC
Leonoff, Cyril E.
Thursday, April 17, 1980
Digital audio recording #: 19.80-01
CL:         Your dad, what was his name?
BA:         Phil Adelberg.
CL:         Phil Adelberg. And he homesteaded in the Peace River. Peace River in BC? Whereabouts?
BA:        The BC side, six miles from Dawson Creek going west or six miles east of
CL:         When would he have gone there?
BA:         Well we left Calgary in the winter of 1913 when I was a child. And we got as far as Athabasca Landing which used to be called Smith Landing and we stayed over the summer waiting for the freeze-up as there was no roads to go into the North Country. The freeze-up came in the fall of 1914 and we went up over the Athabasca River into Lesser Slave and Lesser Bear Lake or what was commonly known at that time as Dundreggan Hill which is a historical route into the North Country. And took up a homestead about six miles west of Dawson Creek or so many miles, I can’t remember south of Pouce Coupe.
CL:         What was the instigation for him to go homesteading?
BA:         Well, originally my father came from South Africa where he had done some trekking and farming.
CL:         I see.
BA:         And came to Canada. And my mother’s family were homesteading near Cochrane, Alberta, before the turn of the century like, in the 1890s.
CL:         What were your mother’s family [called]?
BA:         [Richevskys], we have one living aunt here still. And when my grandfather got killed as a very young man, she [Bernie’s grandmother] moved into Calgary and with her four daughters and opened the only kosher restaurant and delicatessen west of Winnipeg I presume […] Father came out in 19—after the Boer War, he was in the Boer War so he came out about 1903. And for, by which time my mother had moved from the farm back into Calgary with her sisters. And they were married and at that time my father, he was a builder, an engineer and he built streets and streets of houses in the city of Calgary up until 1913 the city went into bankruptcy which, he managed to hang on to enough money when he found 12 Irish Catholic families that came over from Ireland and they were interested in going to the North Country. So we developed this wagon train which you have a picture…

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