Creative Challenge Team
Registered: January 2009
Lone Star - Kit by Jean Daugherty Designs available at Heritage Scrap
Font Sego Print, Woodplank
Large families were necessary for survival in the Russian Mennonite culture. The families needed many workers to collectively farm the land, harvest the produce, and preserve it for family use throughout the winters. Each family unit was self sufficient, raising chicken, cattle, and pigs for each families need. They all grew a vegetable garden and the orchard contained fruit and nut trees. They grew their own grains as well as feed for the livestock.
Elizabeth was the 4 th surviving child in a family of 6 children. She often lamented the fact that her younger brothers had not survived infancy, and therefore she had to do a lot of outside work on the farm that tradtionally would have been done by male members of the family.
In this photo, she is seen working the fields on the Manitoba famr where the family lived for 5 years.
Elizabeth often spoke with fondness of a vacation that she and her sister Helen went on in Russia. They travelled by train to a seacoast village on the Black Sea, where they went bathing in the ocean. Not being able to swim, and unfamiliar with tides, Helen had to be rescued by her dad in the rapidly rising water.
Elizabeth loved to play with her cousins and her sisters when they were growing up in the Russian village where they lived.