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Bessie Topilko

(in Ukrainian) Bessie (nee Hewko) Topilko reminisces about her childhood in the days when pioneer homesteaders had no money for toys. Playing tag and hide-and-seek and making mudpies were children’s favourite pastimes.

The interview was recorded on audio cassette and digitized later.

Image and downloadable excerpt of Bessie Topilko's audio-recorded interview transcript, a Storyphile example.

Olga Safronovich

Olga (nee Kondratiuk) Safronovich talks about her first job, working at Mary Korchinski’s egg grading station in Mundare in 1939. Mary Korchinski was a woman ahead of her time. She ran her own business and owned a car.