Translation from the book
Z Kresów Wschodnich R.P. Wspomnienia z Osad Wojskowych 1921-1940
(From: The Eastern Borderlands of Poland, Memories of Military Settlements 1921-1940)
Pub: Ognisko Rodzin Osadników Kresowych (OROK) (Association of the Families of the Borderland Settlers)
London, UK. 1992 and 1998
ISBN 1 872286 33 X
EMILJA REICH (NOWICKA)
My father Boleslaw Reich came from Toruń. The army granted him a plot in Osada Szwoleżerów where I was born on September 26, 1930.
I attended elementary school in the settlement and my sister Rozalia attended a more advanced school which was located at Rokitnianka, a neighbouring osada. Mother died in 1933 and Father married again, so the household was run by our second mother. My memories of the settlement are very pleasant because the farm was already pretty well developed by then, but father told me that in the beginning it was very difficult. In my time at the settlement, most of the settlers sent their older children, my sister among them, to secondary school (gimnazjum) in Równe.
A Farmer’s Wives Association was established and a store and cooperative were opened. I remember picnics being held in the woods and in the evening, dances for the parents and youth.
I remember the following settlers’ names: Wojciechowski, Wiśniewski, Waszak, Dzikowski, Cyganek, Wątroba, Czernecki, Walak, Kaczalski, Szałaśny and Myśliwiec.
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