Mother cut her army plans short

From our April 2012 issue

By Hilda Hass – Saskatoon, Sask.

In 1940 I was working at the CNR station in Saskatoon where the Midtown Plaza is now located. Many trains passed through the station in those early days because of the war. Troops were always going from one place to the other.

We’d make up a whole lot of sandwiches to have ready for the soldiers when the train came, as they’d only have a half-hour to catch something to eat before being on their way.

I worked there for several months and then decided I would join up too. I filled out all the papers. The recruiting office was at Thornton School on Lorne Avenue. I was to report to headquarters in Regina in a few days.

I went back home to say my goodbyes. Mother was not too happy. She said if I didn’t phone and tell someone how old I was, she would! So that ended my stay in the army. I had thought I’d make a good truck driver.

I went back to Saskatoon, where this time I worked at the lunch counter at the Greyhound Bus Depot. I met many people there, including Gordie Howe.

About two years later, my sister’s husband took sick, so I had to go help her. While there, I was able to continue playing softball, taking in as many ball tournaments as possible. This was where I met my husband, as he played ball as well.

We were married a couple years later in 1945.

In 1958, we both started working at the army base part-time. I worked mostly in the summertime and he’d work as a fireman in the winter.

I joined the ladies’ auxiliary about 35 years ago, and have been a life member now for several years.