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The Immigration Story of Helen Anderson (Scottish immigrant)

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HELEN ANDERSON-- Immigration to Canada ----Mother# 1

Records show Helen Anderson of Clydebank Scotland leaving Greenock Scotland on May 1, 1929 via the steam ship Duchess of York, arriving in Quebec Canada on May 25th 1929.

Traveled by C.P.R. train to the Woodside Lodge Salvation Army 480 Jarvis Street

Toronto, Ont. She secured employment as a domestic in Toronto at 86Cheritan Ave.

Helen's employer was a Mr.&Mrs Gibson, the Gibson's had two young sons. The third floor of the Gibson house had a maid's quarters.

In the late winter or early spring of 1930 Mrs. Gibson discovered that Helen was Pregnant, in due time the Gibsons arranged or took Helen to the Grace Hospital, the Records of the Toronto Western Hospital show that Helen Margaret Anderson gave Birth to a living male child on July 8, 1930.Mother and child were discharged from Hospital on July 23,1930.The registry office records show that the child's name as Frederick Vernon Anderson.[ no record of the father]

My mother #1 [Helen] continued her employment with the Gibson's until the spring of 1931

My mother knew that she could not support a child, and I was placed in the care of a Mr.&Mrs. Bert Jervis of Salmon Ave. Toronto. The Jervis's had children of their own, but they did look after many unfortunate children over the years. One of the Jervis's own Children was a little girl by the name of Helen, she was about five years when I was there. Mrs Jervis is my Mother #2!

My grandfather in Scotland wanted me sent to Scotland, my mother wished for me to stay in Canada as economical conditions in Scotland were very poor. Grandfather and grandmother in Scotland never revealed my existence to the rest of my relatives in Scotland. My mother insisted that I be adopted by a Scottish family in Canada.

My mother Helen Anderson secured a job in a laundry in Toronto for some years. She did marry and had a family, that story is under another topic.