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Joseph Szakacs

Water Works Wonders
A History of the White, Wilson, McMahon,
River Junction School Districts Page 436
by Leland Burr

Joe came to Canada from Hungary in 1928. He had served in the army of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in WWI. For the first two years he worked on farms in the Warner and Coaldale areas, and then, in 1930, he came to the White district to work for Leland Burr. He stayed on for forty two years.

He lived in a shack in the Burr farmyard and took his meals at the family table until 1977. When Beth and Leland moved into Lethbridge, he moved into Blue Sky Lodge. Later, when the the Alberta Rose Lodge opened, he moved there.

While working on the farm he was quite content with his situation. On several occasions Leland offered to build him a proper house, but he refused, saying the shack was all he needed. He worked in the fields and tended the hogs as well as handling carpentry chores on the farm. Joe always seeded the beets with the Farmall "A" and his rows were straight.

In 1984, at the age of 86, he passed away at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital. A friend to everyone, he was well liked by all the neighbours.

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