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The Immigration Story of Erik Bjorn (Danish Immigrant)

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My parents, Alfred and Ruth Bjorn, were married in 1947. They saved for 10 years with the dream of moving to Canada. In October of 1957 they drove to Koberhavn with their 4 children and all their worldly possessions boxed in crates and suitcases. After staying overnight with relatives in Copenhagen we boarded the " Stockholm" ship and headed to Canada.

What was to be a 7-day journey across the Atlantic Ocean turned out to be 10 days due to a bad storm. An interesting event happened to us on the ship. After 3 days the steward asked my Dad why he never saw any of his family in the ship's dining room. My Dad informed him, "My wife packed all our food for the trip and we eat our meals in our cabin". My Dad was shocked but pleasantly surprised when the steward informed him that all our meals were included in our ticket. We certainly made up for lost time.

We pulled into the port of Halifax on November 5, 1957. After clearing customs we boarded the "Canadian National Railway" for our journey across Canada. Five days later, November 10, at 2:10 we arrived at Crescent Spur, British Columbia. Dad’s army buddy, Svend Sorup, (who immigrated 10 years earlier), met us at the train station. He drove us about a mile to our new home in Canada.

Neither my parents or us 4 children have ever regretted moving to this wonderful land of freedom and opportunity.