|Michael Demoskoff, 1958|
My husband Michael Demoskoff, when about 5 years old.
Michael stands beside a felled spruce tree. When I asked him about this picture, he told me he remembers being happy when his Dad took him where he was working.
The photo was presumably taken in March 1958. (There’s another photo in Michael’s family album in which his father Bill is clearing part of his property and which is date stamped “Mar 1958”.)
Bill’s farm was 10 miles north of Pelly, Saskatchewan. His land (a quarter section) was situated in the parkland area of the province.
Bill was approached by the power company to clear a strip of land on his acreage for a new powerline right-of-way. He did the work himself with an axe, a crosscut saw, and one or two horses.
I love this photo of Michael, wearing a hooded winter jacket, with one mittened hand on the tree. He's got a big smile on his face, clearly happy to be right where he was, as if he might have been the one to bring down this giant of a tree.
Copyright © 2013, Yvonne Demoskoff.