My Great Uncle

This is my great (step) uncle. He had been working since he was 12. My grandma never met him as he died before she was born.

20 thoughts on “My Great Uncle

  1. Poor little bugger. At least the days of (most) child labour are over in Canada and the western industrialized world.

    • He is so small for his age, which I suspect to be about 12 in the picture. Interesting side note, I have done extensive research and one thing I have found interesting is how much smaller people were. When you look at records of men who signed up for World War Ome men were an average of 5’6 to 5’ 7. I have rarely seen anyone 6’ or above. In this picture he looks to be about 7 or 8 years old.

      • I was shocked when I visited the church rectory at Batoche, Sask., (a tourist site now) to see that the priest’s bed was extremely short, like not even five feet! And Scott noticed on his recent trip to England that he had to be very careful or else he’d bump his head in doorways. We see how short they are all the time, on TV. -Kate

      • I have been there and have seen the bed you are speaking of. It’s crazy! I would love to get my hands on records that show how tall women were. I imagine I would have been tall at 5’ 3.

  2. Fourteen years old and ripped apart by a piece of machinery. Poor bugger.

    My parent’s first house was brought down from the mines, not sure when but it ended up on the TransCanada Hwy in Ladysmith, before it was the TransCanada I’m guessing. Not sure if it’s still standing.

    • We recently looked at a book so where all the mine shafts were. I can’t believe how many there are. I hate to think what would happen in an earthquake.

  3. Thanks for the heart warming comment on my blog. I do not write often but try. I read your blog with great interest. My English is far from good but I try.

    • I have done extensive research on coal mining. In my community alone hundreds of men lost their lives. I have not found a lot of children as young as him and I like to think that his death would have created changes.

  4. That poor young man. Such a horrible way to die. It’s so sad that children back then had to work in such dangerous jobs in order to help their families. Thank the Goddess that child labor like that is now outlawed.

  5. How terrible.
    Did you know that scientists are now saying that traumatic experiences as children actually change our DNA, and the DNA we pass down through the generations?
    Just thinking about those in your ancestral line who suffered the tragic loss of this child. Like other children in his family, whose trauma would then have been passed down through the family line.

    • He must have been so scared. I hope he didn’t have to suffer long. At that day in age he would have had not much hope being an amputee. There would be very little or no work for him.

    • Most parts. That’s the part that is sad. We still have so many children living in this world living in unimaginable poverty and having to work.

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