‘Dad was hired as McGee Postmaster’

From our February 2013 issue

By Ted BarryKelowna, B.C.

My parents were married in Rosetown, Sask., in 1929, hoping to raise their family on their 160 acres south of McGee.

Their honeymoon must have been a challenge with the Depression hitting within months. I came along in 1930, my sister in ‘31 and a brother in ‘34. My parents were probably desperate by this time until 1935 when dad was hired as McGee Postmaster.

After serious renovations to the house attached to the post office, we settled into a comfortable lifestyle considering we were still in the middle of very hard times. Another child in 1938 completed our family.

As a child, we didn’t know that we were poor because most were in the same situation. A rural community like ours was the place to be. We spent most of our time with our rural farm friends, and all had lots of chores like cutting wood and kindling, tending large gardens, and helping on the farms on weekends so we could ride their horses all afternoon.

During the cold winters, everyone pitched in to flood the open rink and the one sheet curling club. Phil Uhrich, the CN agent kept all our second-hand bicycles in good condition.

The Saby family supplied music to wonderful dances held in our community hall. For a change, everyone would travel to Fiske, Sask., and dance to the Goodwin orchestra, which were an equally talented family.