Re: [S-R] roll call: Slovaks in London, Ontario?
- I am not sure if there was a large Slovak community but I have found some of
them settled in a small community called Batawa. This was a company town
created by the Bata shoe company. Houseing was provided by the company etc.
My Great Uncle and his wife settled there. Batawa has become a suburb of the
larger city now. It might not help but it may be a jumping off point for you.
Quoting "J. Michutka" <jmm@...>:
> My grandparents (and one great-grandparent) were my Slovak immigrant
> ancestors; they landed in New York City, stayed there a while, went
> to London Ontario for a couple of years and then back to NYC for a
> while, then settled permanently in central Michigan.
> I've never been able to figure out why they went to London, and no
> one (their children) seemed to know, either. They went to London
> sometime between Feb 1913 (married then in NYC) and January 1914
> (first child was born then, in London). They were back in NYC again
> in Nov 1916, when their second child was born.
> Their son never ended up with a Canadian birth certificate, so I
> don't know where they lived in London. (And yes, that caused various
> hassles in his adult life!)
> Could there have been a Slovak community in London? If so, was there
> a particular neighborhood or Catholic parish (baptismal record to
> search for!) that Slovaks tended to live in? I wonder if there was
> some economic opportunity that was either short-term, or just didn't
> work out for them.
> Thanks for any insight.
> Julie Michutka
- Thank you! Interesting connection--my grandfather's brother was in
the shoe business in their home village in Slovakia. This is
definitely worth following up on; thanks for the lead.
At 11:15 AM 6/4/2007, you wrote:
>I am not sure if there was a large Slovak community but I have found some of
>them settled in a small community called Batawa. This was a company town
>created by the Bata shoe company. Houseing was provided by the company etc.
>My Great Uncle and his wife settled there. Batawa has become a suburb of the
>larger city now. It might not help but it may be a jumping off point for you.