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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Life story given to archives Thursday, June LETHBRIDQE HERALD-21 THE BETTER HALF By Barnes Black immigrants settle island Thursday's children Three-week-old April Godsail is the fifth genera- tion in a line of women all born on a Thursday Left to right are Maude George, 74; May Williamson, 55, Beverly Baker, 34, Linda Godsail, 17 Mrs George has 15 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and little April is her first greart-great-grandchild. All are Ottawa residents after you see your doctor bring: your prescription to VANCOUVER (CP) Sylvia Stark was a frail-looking, lonely woman in a strange land She and her husband Willis struggled to make a home in a log cabin in the woods of Saltspnng Island, off the southern end of Vancouver Island, Hostile Indians, wolves, bears and cougars were only a few of the dangers they faced The year was 1860 and Sylvia Stark, a black woman born into slavery in Clay County, Mo had come to the wild surroundings of an untamed land Her story was written by her daughter Mane Stark Wallace in 1960 Now in the provincial archives, it is an account of "the strange and unusual happenings of her past life It is the story of the founding families of Saltspnng and of the black immigrants who came from California in 1858 Among their descendants is Myrtle Holloman, 71, grand- daughter of Sylvia Stark Mrs Holloman taught her mother, Mrs Wallace, to type when she was in her 80s She finished the manuscript at 93 Five years later, in 1966, she died The document was written for family consumption but realizing its significance Mrs Holloman donated it to the ar- chives in its unedited form The story starts around 1839 when Sylvia Stark was born to slave parents She recalled her mother tying an apron around her neck and standing her on a chair to dry dishes for white people Mrs Stark's father, Howard Estes, went to California during the gold rush He saved enough to buy freedom for his each or himself, his wife and son and for Sylvia Two years later the family joined Estes who worked in the gold mines In five years before Abraham Lincoln's emancipation proclamation, the family decided to leave California Legislation had been enacted that year forbidding blacks to own property and disqualifying them from giving evidence against white persons The blacks sent a delegation to Victoria to meet Sir James Douglas, governor of British Columbia, and as a result they formed an emigration organization and moved north to Canada About 600 came to BC, many of them settling around Victoria By the time the Stark family arrived in Saltspnng six black families were on the island Thirty years later, historians estimate, there were probably 40 "colored or partly colored" persons there A half-dozen descendants remain on Saltspnng Among them is Mrs Holloman About 700 settlers were there when the Starks landed at Vesuvius Bay Hostility between settlers and Indians plagued the Starks and their friends for years "For the dark clouds of conquest hung heavily over the land and the triumph of the conquerors was deeply resented by the Mrs Wallace's account reads "They retaliated by slaying the settlers So the pioneers lived in constant fear of their lives Several black settlers were killed Once, five Indians visited the Stark home when all three children were sleeping They began to "examine everything in the the story said, including a loaded gun They left after a scuffle with Stark, known to be a good marksman As a footnote, Mrs Wallace commented that the Indians were usually friendly However, they became angered "as they saw their beaches and hunting grounds usurped by the settlers and the sight of carcasses of animals lying on the beaches, their hides taken and the meat left to spoil After several incidents of violence, the Starks moved to a new homestead at Fruitvale on the other side of the island Life was not easy In the winter of 1861-62, records show, 100 head of cattle died on Saltspnng There was no way to get enough feed as the transportation system was poor Mrs Wallace recalled that her mother, who bore seven children, leaned heavily on religion "Oh, oh, what are you mod about now' Footwear shortage seen TORONTO (CP) The Tanners Association of Canada predicted that Canadian stores will be hit with a severe shortage of footwear this fall Peter M Stewart, association president, sent telegrams to the leaders of the four major political parties concerning the possible shortage He blamed the situation on the failure of the last Parlia- ment to approve the budget which contained a proposal to repeal the 12-per-cent federal sales tax on footwear at the wholesale level He said that as a result of the indecision over the sales tax, retailers are suspending orders and postponing deliveries of shipments for the fall Renovating? Kitchen and Bathrooms THE NOOK Westminster Phone 329-0700 Club corner The regular monthly meeting of Dominion Rebekah Lodge will be held in the Oddfellows Hall tonight at 8, a good turnout is requested as this will be the last meeting of the season Visitors welcome ELECT BESSIE ANNAND BESSIE ANNAND VITAL CAMPAIGN ISSUES on Channel 2 CableVision at p.m. to p.m. THURSDAY, JUNE 27th -ALSO- Bessie Annand will be addressing the All Candidate Forum, sponsored by Unifarm in Gym 2 of the Civic Sports Centre at 8 00 p m June 27th INSERTED BY LETHBRIDGE METRO NDP Dear Ann Landers: How do you tell an eight-year-old boy and a seven-year-old girl that their mother doesn't want them' My son is being divorced by a selfish slob She became interested in her boss, who has a great deal of money He is old enough to be her father and the whole thing is a disgrace She says, "Children make him so she wants to leave her son and daughter with my son According to her, it would be better for all concerned Of course, when she says she wants him to take the kids she really means ME because they live upstairs in my duplex and I am the one who will have the responsibility Back to my original question How does a father tell his young children that their mother doesn't want them7 Grandmother AVENUE SHOES' GREAT SANDALS! SANDALS! SANDALS! White Dress SANDALS On Sale At 14 99 White Dressy Casual SANDALS On Sale At 9 99 I FLATTY SANDALS 799 White Also in Brown PLEASE ALL SALES CASH AND FINAL AVENUE SHOES 515 4th Ave. S. Dear Grandmother: These two youngsters are going to feel plenty rejected without being told that their mother doesn't want them I hope you and your son will do everything in your power to protect the children by explaining that their mother chose not to stay married to their father and they are not with her because she couldn't take them Keep in mind, too, that the day may come when their mother might get her head together and want to have a" relationship with her children If you muddy the waters now, it will create a permanent roadblock for the future and this would be very sad for the children Dear Ann Landers: Since everyone reads your column will you please print this7 It would probably help a great many people who need a better perspective The poem was sent to me by a friend who asked that I not identify her Thank you Dear Bess: Here it is While I respect your friend's wishes to remain anonymous, I believe we should credit Sydney Harris, since the poem is a npoff of his original When he speaks, it's "words of When she speaks, it's "idle chatter When he tells her what to do. it's good advice. When she tells him what to do, it's nagging When he naps on the couch in the evenings, he's getting a well-earned rest after a hard day's work; When she naps on the couch, she's neglecting her duties When he -yells at the children, he's disciplining them. When she yells at the children, she's impatient If he's snappy and unkind to her, it's because she drove him to it. If she's snappy and unkind to him. she's ill-tempered When he's too tired to pay anv attention to her. he's just too tired. When she's too tired to pay any attention to htm. she's frigid If he had written this, it would be a literary masterpiece. 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