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The Sunday Living History Interview – A Tale of Two Katharinas, a Legacy of Strong Women by Darlene Foster

Posted on: September 18, 2016

Today I am a special guest on Sally Cronin´s Living History blog. I hope you enjoy the story of my two great-grandmothers.

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Living HistoryAuthor Darlene Foster shares the story of two great-grandmothers who despite the hardships they faced, worked tirelessly to give their families a home and provide them with the tools needed to survive and thrive.

darleneA Tale of Two Katharinas, a Legacy of Strong Women

“People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.”Edmund Burke

I was fortunate to know both of my maternal great-grandmothers. They passed away when I was in my early teens but I remember them well. They were formidable elderly women with hearts of gold. One thing was for sure, you didn´t mess with either of them.

Both women were born into German immigrant farmer families living in South Russia and came to Canada at the beginning of the 20th century to help populate and develop the Prairie Provinces. They certainly did their part in populating the area as they had twenty-four…

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16 Responses to "The Sunday Living History Interview – A Tale of Two Katharinas, a Legacy of Strong Women by Darlene Foster"

Darlene, thanks for sharing your story about your great grandmothers.Like so many immigrant stories, it’s a wonderful testament to resilience and adaptation. Twenty-four children between them and keeping such large families, clothed, fed and grounded in pioneering conditions — quite an accomplishment!

Thanks, Brett! And they didn´t have all the modern conveniences we have now. Doing laundry took an entire day!! Of course, the advantage of having all those children meant they had lots of help.

Enjoyed your stories and left a comment on the other Sally’s blog!

Glad you enjoyed a bit about my ancestors.

How lovely Darlene, I really enjoyed that and loved the story of the children under the coat.

I thought you would like that story. I may have to put it in a book one day.

Darlene I often think that I am so fortunate not to have beenborn in my grandmother’s generation. The astounding amount of work and courage required is beyond my imagination.

I have often thought that as well. We certainly were lucky to be born when we did. But it was those women who made it easier for us!

Found you at Smorgasbard. Following now. Loved this s.

Welcome to my blog!! Glad you enjoyed the post.

Thanks for sharing this story. I have similar stories of ancestors leaving all behind in Europe to settle the plains of Iowa….I can’t even imagine what strength and determination that must have taken…to start all over with nothing…..a life lesson for all of us!!

Yes, we certainly can learn a lot by looking at what our ancestors went through. These were the people who built America and Canada and we owe them so much. I´m glad you enjoyed the story.

Incredible stories, Darlene, and two inspiring women.

Glad you enjoyed the stories of my great-grandmothers.

Lovely stories, the women of that generation certainly had strength and courage in spades, thank you for sharing 🙂

Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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