Grandparents Matt and Helena Komar along with their three children Matt, John and a daughter, moved from McKeesport, Pa. to Staffordville in Lethbridge in 1909. Grandfather and Uncle Matt worked in No. 3 Mine for about one year for wages of $1.00 a day. The youngest son Michael was born in Lethbridge. He later worked in the Coalhurst mine.
Mothers in those days worked very hard. Most families had at least one cow, chickens, and also had a big garden. Each neighbourhood had a herdsman who took care of all the cows during the day and brought them back at evening milking time.
John and his sister began their schooling at Westminster School and later attended the new Galbraith School where John was the original drummer boy in the Galbraith School band.
The family moved to Coalhurst in 1916 and remained there until 1918 when they moved to Diamond City. Grandfather, Matt, and Dad worked in the coal mine. Living conditions there were very bad, good water was scarce and Typhoid Fever was prevalent. As a result, the family moved back to Coalhurst in 1919.
About 1924 the family enjoyed the use of three automobiles; Grandfather owned a new Chev, Uncle Mat owned a Model T, and Dad owned a Chev.
There were 875 men working in Coalhurst mine in 1924. Many of the miners lived in two large Boarding houses. Some of the town's needs were provided by Mathers Bakery which also had a coffee counter.
All of the Komar family decided to move to Michel, B.C. when the mine began laying off workers. They were fortunate to find accommodation in one of the Mine Company houses, situated at the foot of a high mountain. I was later born in this house. This location close to nature was ideal for fishing and hunting which the family enjoyed.
Uncle Matt Komar moved back to Pittsburgh in 1929 with his family. He lived there until his passing on Dec. 12, 1969 at the age of 82.
Uncle Mike moved to Chicago about 1929. He lived there until his passing on March 29, 1971 at the age of 56. He left two daughters and a wife to moum his death.
Grandfather Komar passed away in the Mayo Clinic in Rochester in 1928 and Grandmother Komar passed away in Chicago on December 10, 1934.
John, passed away on Feb. 8, 1984 after a lengthy illness.
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