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Memorable Manitobans: Peter Martins (1909-?)

Farmer.

Born in South Russia on 22 August 1909, in 1914 his family lost their land due to the upheaval after the First World War. The family moved to Canada in 1926, finding the money by selling the buildings they still owned on the land the government had seized. The family settled at Killarney. There, he took night classes to learn English, and did not attend day school in order to do farm work. In 1935 he married Margaret Unger, and the two began farming near their parent’s farm. In 1944 they helped build the first Mennonite church in Killarney.

Sources:

Voices of Yesteryear [Audiocassette], 1982. Westman Oral History Collection by the Westman Oral History Association (Effie McPhail, Chair). S. J. McKee Archives.

This page was prepared by Angela Graham and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 January 2015

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