My Guedo was well known for his garden

From our March 2012 issue

Morris Moldowan – Prince Albert, Sask.

My mother, Pauline (Lukaschuk) Moldowan, showed me articles in the October 2011 and January 2012 issues of The Senior Paper about Harry ‘Lukichuck’s’ east end garden in Prince Albert. The correct spelling of my guedo’s name is Lukaschuk. (Guedo is a Ukrainian word meaning grandfather.)

Harry’s vegetable garden was in the 700 block of River Street East and he was well known for his vegetables. Mom said, “Dad was very meticulous cleaning, bunching, and loading his wagon with vegetables and hitching up his horse ‘Louie’ for the trip to town.”

One of his stops was Harradence Hardware on Central Ave, from what I’m told was on the north side of the old RBC.
Another regular stop was the home of John Diefenbaker on 19 Street and 3rd Avenue West. Mr. Diefenbaker often came to guedo’s to buy vegetables as well.

Harry and Anne eked out a living for their family of four girls and four boys, including sending three of their boys to the University of Saskatchewan Teachers’ College.

The boys later changed their names from Lukaschuk to Lucas, which hurt guedo deeply.

He received his first Canada Pension cheque at age 70 in 1948 but passed away before he was able to cash it.

Guedo passed away four years before I was born. I hold the kind, memorable stories of him in high regard. Thank you to those contributors for the memories of my guedo.

 

Harry Lukaschuk with Louie on a vegetable trip to town.
Harry Lukaschuk’s East End Vegetable Garden in Prince Albert, Sask. circa 1933.