My Great Grandparents' Photos

The Flour Mill in Ukraine
The Flour Mill in Ukraine

My great-grandparents immigrated to Canada from a place in Ukraine called Gnadenfeld in the year of 1925. They were forced out of their home because the people living in the town did not like them. One reason for leaving is that people were being asked to join the war, but my family was against it.  As a consequence their home and their jobs were taken away. They also left because of religious discrimination. But brought with them their skills as farmers. 
These photos are very important to our family because they play a big part in the storytelling of my great-grandparents family as immigrants. The first picture is of a huge flour mill. The flour mill was owned by my great-grandfather. The mill was used to grind up wheat to make flour.  The second photo is of my great grandmother and her family before they immigrated to Canada. Actually, it is the last known photo of them before they immigrated to America.  She is special to me because I am named after her - my middle name is Matilda- and her first name was Matilda.  I had a very meaningful relationship with her.  Both of these objects are connected to my family’s history. 
Even though my family does not own that flour mill in Ukraine anymore, when they came to America they became farmers. They are farmers even to this day.  I have wondered and explored my history through these pictures as a result of the immigration project. I started off with no idea and now I know a lot.   I am now a proud Ukrainian!

Place(s): Ukraine
Year: 1900

– ZT

Relationship:  Grandchild of im/migrant Grandchild of im/migrant