25 March 2012

March Ancestors (2)

For the sake of brief entries, I am not footnoting the facts in this ongoing memorial. Sources have been noted either in other blog posts or in my family history books.

25 March 1937 Hector Fraser Dougall married Clara Helen Freiberg at St. Paul's United Church, Port Arthur, Ontario. The United Church of Canada was not very old at that time; it amalgamated previous Methodist, a large proportion of Presbyterian, and Congregational denominations. The ecumenical choice for the ceremony is of interest to me because although the groom's family background was solidly Presbyterian, the bride's parents came from Lutheran and Russian Orthodox backgrounds. Hector and Clare were my parents and lived in Port Arthur, Ontario.

21 Mar 2007 Brenda's blog was born. Under the Zodiac sign of Aries (not my personal sign). Whatever can I deduce from that? The traditional 5th anniversary symbol is wood. That's representative of my head sometimes. Oh, BUT ... Now we have modern guidelines. The 5th seems to be silverware now. Not just any old silver … silverware. I guess that's for anyone who wants to send me some Wallace sterling Rosepoint salad forks.

26 March [Julian calendar] 1872 Marija Jurikas was born at Krūmiņi farm, Lāde parish, Limbaži region, Latvia. She was the third of seven children born to Janis Jurikas and Katrina Tukums. Like many Latvians, the family had converted to Russian Orthodoxy in the 1840s. Later in the nineteenth century came a “Russification” period in Latvia and so the Jurikas children were comparatively well-educated. Marija, my grandmother, was a seamstress who headed for the bright lights of St. Petersburg.
More at: http://brendadougallmerriman.blogspot.com/2007/11/marija.html

26 March 1913 Clara Helen Freiberg was born in Port Arthur, Ontario (now Thunder Bay), daughter and only child of Latvian immigrants Victor Freiberg and Maria Jurikas--sharing a birthday with her mother. Clare became a journalist with the local newspaper, and in later life became involved with various creative arts.


Cathy said...

Busy month! So your mother got married the day before her 24th birthday ... that seems so young.

Antra said...

The end of March is the time for Latvian birthdays - mine is at the end of March, my parents' birthdays are also at the end of March (on the same day as each other, no less), at least half a dozen other Latvians I know have birthdays at the end of March, and I have a number of ancestors with end of March birthdays as well (though in the earlier generations, September and November birthdays are more common). I attribute the glut of end-of-March birthdays to the fact that Midsummer is precisely nine months earlier, which is a big Latvian celebration :)

BDM said...

Cathy, yes ... quite a Latvian month ...
Antra reminds me of the kind of detail that makes family history more interesting! I have more to learn about the traditional Midsummer festival :)