Mrs. Dora Zaharia

by

Bryan Zenchyshyn

 

Mrs. Dora Zaharia was born in Stuartburn, Manitoba, in1906. Her parents, Nick and Mary Kalouek, came from the old country ofAustria to farm and to try to earn a better life. She had two brothersand two sisters. One brother and one sister today are dead. She is nowsixty-five years old and says she had had all the joys that she wanted tohave.

As a child, her life was quite hard. She didn't have anyschooling, except what her mother was able to teach her. Also, there wasno television at the time and only a few radios so her life was not a luxuriousone. She said she worked many hours in the fields to grow enough wheatand other grains to sell at the general store in town in order to buy food. After the work was done in the fields, it was up to her and one of herbrothers to make sure the cattle were fed. In the winter, the childrenhad more time to play as long as the chores were done and they had to makeup their own games, because she only had brothers and sisters to play withbut she said they all got along fine and had a very good time.

As in all households, they had certain holidays to celebrateaccording to their ethnic groups and since their's was Ukrainian, they celebratedall Ukrainian Holidays. They celebrate their Christmas and New Year thesame as we do. By the way, she still celebrates these holidays now. UkrainianEaster is about a week or ten days after ours and she makes "Baba bread",a traditional bread that is a type of bread. Also, she makes UkrainianEaster Eggs.

In 1923, at the age of seventeen, she came to the UnitedStates to marry Bill Zaharia who is from Austria. He came to the UnitedStates to try to find a better life at the age of seventeen. It was herethat she learned to speak English for at home all they spoke was Ukrainian. They moved to a farm about eight miles west of Pembina, North Dakota, wherethey raised grain, a few head of cattle, and four children. They had twoboys, Nick and Nike, and two girls, Mary and Annie. One girl moved to Californiabut the other three children live around here in this area. She, Mrs. DoraZaharia, lived on the farm until 1958 when she moved to St. Vincent.

When I asked her what she thought of the world, she said:"There is no need for all these traffic accidents if people would onlyuse their heads. She said a lot of them happen because people drink whilethey drive and if people would leave the booze in the bar where it belongs,she says the world would be better off. She also said that she enjoys Halloweenvery much. She also finds that the gas shortage wouldn't be in effect ifpeople didn't use cars. She says her family lived without cars, why can'tanyone else. She said that its good for the kids to get the mischief inminds, and out of their system.

Since her husband died in 1967, her friends have not cometo visit her like they used to. She visits a few friend's homes when shewalks to Pembina for groceries. Usually, once a winter, every year shevisits one of her relatives for two or three weeks. This year, Mrs. Zahariaspent it with her son-in-law in Fargo. She visits her daughter in Walhallaoften and she spent Christmas and New Year's at her house. She doesn'tbelong to any groups or anything of this kind, but she does receive a Ukrainiannewspaper which consists of totally Ukrainian writing which is much differentfrom ours and she reads this to keep in touch with the world.

Mrs. Dora Zaharia is a very kind and friendly person andI am proud to write a historical essay on such an interesting person asMrs. Dora Zaharia.

 

Bibliography

Zaharia, Mrs. Dora, Interviewed, in St. Vincent on December15, 1973 and January 3, 1974ed, in St. Vincent on December15, 1973 and January 3, 1974