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By Elaine Becker Morrison,
My husband's great uncle, a widower, left his Volhynian
village around 1890 for Saskatchewan. On board the
ship was a Stadel family who were also on their way
to Saskatchewan. It is believed that the family met
Uncle on the ship. Sometime later, around 1896, Uncle
moved across the border to Montana.
Two years later, in need of companionship and a wife,
Uncle sent money for train fare to Mr. Stadel, asking
for one of the daughters to be his bride. The family
recalls that Uncle requested and anticipated the arrival
of the older, beautiful daughter, but she already
had a boyfriend so the father told another daughter
that she was to go instead. The father probably felt
that it would be her only chance to marry because
she had been quite scarred as the result of small
pox. She was also blind in one eye.
Obviously Uncle was very surprised to see that he
was given a less attractive daughter, rather than
the lovely one he remembered and expected to be his.
They were married in 1898, shortly after her arrival
in Montana: He was 51 years old and she was 22. Unfortunately,
Uncle passed away in 1907 leaving three young children.
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