Interview with Joan Margel (née Bayers) 1.1

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Interview with Joan Margel (née Bayers) 1.1


migration and settlement







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Kozakov, Serhiy


Margel, Joan

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5.4 Interview with Joan Margel (née Bayers) 1.1 2004-091-0721 28:31 U2 Local Cultures biographies schools migration and settlement ethnicity childbirth farming Margel, Joan Kozakov, Serhiy mp3 2004-091-0721.mp3 0 Other audio English 0 Introduction 1. What is your name? Origins of the name? 2. Which part of Ukraine does your family come from? 3. When and where were you born? 4. Tell me about your birth and the birth of other children in the family. Joan talks about the origin of Bayers, her maiden name, and her family history in Verenchanka, Bukovina. She was born in 1932 in Prestville, Peace River Country, and talks about her mother's labour and medical care, and her birth. 53.550, -113.469 12 Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 55.733, -118.619 12 Locality: Prestville, Alberta, Canada 48.546, 25.741 12 Locality: Verenchanka, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine Joan Margel for the Alberta Women's Memory Project Joan Margel fonds 293 Early Life, Death, and the War 1. Where did you grow up? 2. Why did your family move off the land/farm when the war started? Joan grew up in a farming area outside of Rycroft. Her father died when she was two and a half and her mother remarried Jack Sandul. The family then moved onto a new homestead, but moved again into Rycroft after the War started. Jack worked in the trucking business, and many people in the area left to work for Alaska Highway. They were scared that the Japanese would attack Alaska. A lot of people left for work and married American soldiers, so the family is very spread out. Now, when they have family reunions, there is always a family that decides to stay in Canada. 55.750, -118.719 12 Locality: Rycroft, Alberta, Canada 690 Family Size and Social Roles 1. How big was your family? 2. Tell me about your birth and the birth of other children in the family. 3. Birth control and children in families. Joan talks about being the oldest child, and how boys were the desired first child in Ukrainian families. She talks about how quickly her brother was born after her, and how large some of the Ukrainian families were because they had no contraception. She also talks about her mother's methods of contraception. 934 School and Teaching 1. What other places have you lived? When? 2. What has been your main occupation? 3. Tell me about teaching profession before the war? Female teachers. 4. Who were your teachers? 5. What ethnic groups were there in your community? Joan talks about going to the University of Alberta for teacher training, and dorm life. She discusses teaching in Blueberry Mountain, before moving to teach in Windsor, Ontario. In Windsor, she meets Joe Margel, whom she later married. Joan talks about their marriage and honeymoon in Alaska, as well as Joe's life and affinity for handiwork and technical training. She mentions that during the War when the men left there was a teacher shortage, which led to young women becoming teachers in droves. She talks about being at Yellow Creek as a student, and first having a male French teacher before a Ukrainian female teacher arrived. She notes that most people in the area were Ukrainian, but there were also some Lithuanians and Slovaks and Germans who were fully integrated into the community. Finally, she discusses having female teachers because of the War. 55.933, -119.153 12 Locality: Blueberry Mountain, Alberta, Canada 42.300, -83.017 12 Locality: Windsor, Ontario, Canada No transcript. audio 0



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