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One Person’s Quarantine Room Divider is Another Person’s Fort

Vita Seidler contracted the measles shortly after emigrating from Russia with her mother and siblings in December of 1928 to join their father in Montreal.

“…my dad met us in Montreal…Ah, the excitement! I got off and we went to another cousin that we stayed with,” Vita explained.

“They had one double bed, so there is my cousin and his wife, my little brother and myself, and my brother Lou; we all shared one bed.

Quarantine Memories of Chicken Wire and an Uncomplaining Mom

His sister’s case of the measles landed six-year-old Mike Sumner’s family in quarantine after they arrived in Canada in March of 1963.

“I spoke to my dad and he thinks it was around 3 to 4 weeks that we were there,” Mike recalled. “The brick walls and the bars on the windows.

“My sister actually contracted measles as we crossed over. On the boat I assume. And by the time we got here, she was full blown measles. And I do remember walking up a hill…to the hospital to see her…And then the rest of us were quarantined.”

A Quarantine Label on the Door Doesn’t Make the Best First Impression

Things started getting complicated for English immigrant Jennifer Frances Taylor’s young family after they settled in Canada in June of 1950.

“Soon after Labour Day, school started for John and Roger,” Jennifer wrote. “It was very strange in many ways, but the kindliness and friendliness of teachers and children helped a lot.

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