By Sheri Hathaway, The Western Producer
In 1951, the world was recovering from the Second World War, financially and emotionally. People looked for new ways to get ahead.
Willi Bruntjen, a 29-year-old farm worker, left his homeland of Germany on Oct. 15 and came to Canada seeking a new life. He wore his only clothes, a brown suit, and carried a package of food for the trip, which included a link of sausage.
He obtained work in Saskatchewan at the farm of Leonard Waas outside of McLean on Nov. 2. Waas owned a small operation of 38 cows and a few pigs and horses.
Bruntien stayed just two days because he soon got work at a larger operation. Before leaving Waas’s farm, Bruntien found a dried piece of his sausage in his pocket and tossed it into the pig trough.
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