GEORGE AND MARLENE TKATCHUK COLLECTION


 Pictures submitted by Lynnette Epp(Tkatchuk)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Mike Kozak

 

 

 

 

 Roland Wagner, George Tkatchuk, Cam Curle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haberstock Groceries and Dry Goodstore

submitted by Lorne Haberstock

Adolf and Maria Haberstock purchased this store in October 1939, from Lupus Gitterman. They moved to MacNutt with their three children: Meona aged four; Marlena, aged two; and Lorne, aged two months. Three more children arrived later, Sharon and Shirley (twins) and Lynn. The store was sold in 1966 to daughter Marlena and her husband George Tkatchuk.

To begin, the store was managed by my mother with assistance from my father and hired ladies. Toward the end of the 1940s my father took on a farm equipment and car dealership leaving Meona and hired ladies to assist mother in both the store and house. Father’s role in the store was mainly in the sale of radios, radio supplies, televisions,  washing machines, refrigerators and repair of radios. He also bought and sold farm animal hides, horsehair and Seneca root. Mother attended to the sale of groceries and dry goods. Groceries were the main items of the business. Dry goods included a limited line of clothing, mainly working persons clothing, such as: overalls, shirts, underwear, socks, mitts and caps. Boots, shoes, rubber footwear, cloth, sewing supplies and a good line of over the counter drugs and some jewelry were also offered.

A warehouse next to the store housed the one-hundred pound sacks of flour and sugar, blocks (of red, white, and blue) salt, boxes of cereal, soaps and other excess groceries for which there was no room on the shelves in the store.

On several occasions in the late 1940s during early fall, a railway car filled with McIntosh apples was purchased by the store and sold to the public. People brought burlap sacks, washtubs, large pails and most any container that could hold apples. The price was right. During the 40s and 50s C.N. Rail brought freight to town. The freight was loaded on a horse-drawn dray from the rail cars and delivered to each business place. Occasionally the horses would get spooked and run wild. A great deal of damage to dray and freight resulted. This freight delivery service was operated by Mr. Frank Rupp, father of Duane Rupp, who played hockey for the Toronto Maple Leafs and later the Pittsburg Penguins. As children Duane and I spent countless hours playing together.

The store was heated with a central coal-burning furnace. This required hauling and storing coal in the store’s basement. Our living quarters were attached to the back of the store. A wood-burning kitchen stove heated it. This required buying and hauling chord wood for winter. I enjoyed accompanying Dad in his half-ton truck hauling and stock piling the wood. My job was to haul wood from the stockpile to a wood storage box in the porch.

In addition to the store and farm implement dealership, Dad opened a movie theatre in the early 1950s. He purchased a set of movie projectors and offered movies to the public. I believe admission was 50 cents for adults and 25 cents for children. I remember, at a very young age, being allowed into the projection room and taught how to splice film using nail polish, replace burned lamps, thread the projectors, and switch projectors when the signal was shown on the screen. I was too young to apply for a projectionist license.

A bulletin board was attached to the front of the warehouse. It was my sister’s job to tack the large posters, advertising the next movie, to this bulletin board. A mistake was made by destroying these posters. Posters included “Gone with the Wind”, “The Wizard of Oz”, “Singing in the Rain”, and “Casablanca”. With the passing of my father in 1961, I returned home from university to assist my mother in the operation of the store. I spent two years at home before returning to university. During this time, in addition to helping in the store, I became an insurance agent for Saskatchewan Government Insurance and Aetna hail insurance.

 

Haberstock’s Farm Equipment

During the 1940s and 1950s my father accepted a dealership for J.I. Case farm machinery and Dodge and Desoto vehicles. In the mid 1950s he added a New Holland dealership to this business. For every New Holland machine he sold the company gave him 10 new American silver dollars which he gave to us children. Lynn, my brother, spent mine. It was during this time that the farm economy was doing very well. Sale of farm machinery was good. Many farmers were, for the first time, buying combines and hay balers. The sale of combines was high, in particular, the A6 pull type Case combine. I recollect seeing large numbers of these combines on the dealership lot in spring and summer, gone in the fall.Many sales were made on the farm rather than the place of business in town. Before school age I enjoyed travelling to farms with my dad, whose purpose was to make a sale.

MacNutt and district was comprised mainly of English, German and Ukrainian speaking citizens. Since father was fluent in these languages, it was greatly appreciated by the farmer when he negotiated a sale speaking in their native language.

An update on the status of the Haberstock family:

Adolf (father) – died June 1961

Maria (mother) – died March 1944

Shirley (Sharon’s twin) – died June 1944

Marlena – died December 2002

Sharon – died November 2009

Meona – residing in Prince George, B.C.

Lorne – Passed September 16, 2018   https://www.arbormemorial.ca/riverpark/obituaries/lorne-haberstock/24023

Lynn – residing in Saskatoon, SK

 

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 Roland Wagner, Wilbert Morrison, and ?

 

 

 Fred Tkatchuk, John Tkatchuk,

 

 George Tkatchuk