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Kresy Family group
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
Province (Województwo) WOŁYŃ
Municipality (Gmina) Klewań
District (Powiat) Równe
Osada Szwolerzerów was located on the parcelled-out Nowo-Żuków Estate. There were around 36 settler families. The names I remember are as follows: Przewłocki, Iduk, Konachowicz, Walak, Szałaśny, Kęsek, Harysimowicz, Gryłka, Janicki, kuchta, Myśliwiec, Tabor, Czarnecki, Wojciechowski, Reich, Kardynał, Waszak, Cyganek, Kordoń, Wiśniewski, Kaczalski, Wątroba, Czerw.
In the beginning, things were not easy for the settlers. The locals were not pleased with the newcomers, but little by little, relations between them normalized. The settlers came from various parts of Poland, as did their wives.
The settlement had a dairy and a school which was too small, due to the fact that children from the neighbouring villages also attended here. A plot was prepared for the construction of a new school. Just before the war, a plot was consecrated for the construction of a church. The settlers were pleased that they would have a church close by, because they had to travel all the way to Klewań where their parish was, or to Ołyka.
The older youth attended secondary school or agricultural school in Równe. The Farmers’ Wives Association had a large membership. A few of the settler families returned to the places they had originally come from, and some of them returned to their previous professions. In such a short time, they accomplished so much and had such wonderful plans for the future. The war put an end to them all.