Story Harvesting Algoma Manor: Part 7

Helen Heubner was born on St. Joseph Island in 1940 and was the second of nine children. She was raised on a cattle farm in Desbarats and speaks very fondly of her childhood.

Helen played baseball and soccer for fun as a kid and her first job was picking strawberries for fourteen cents an hour at the age of thirteen. She went to high school at Collegiate Heights in Sault Ste. Marie and played on the girls' basketball team there. The most difficult time in Helen's life was when her parents passed away. Her father died of a heart attack in his fifties and her mother passed away shortly after. Because of this, it was her responsibility to take care of her younger siblings.

Story writers-Juan Santoro and Rylee Clark.
Story writers-Juan Santoro and Rylee Clark.

Helen worked as a waitress before getting married at the age of sixteen. Her husband was quite a bit older than her and drove a logging truck. Together, the couple had six kids, which she describes as the best time in her life. Some of her fondest memories of this time was taking her children swimming in the summer, and snow machining in the winter.

Helen's kids grew up to have families of their own and she now has six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, most of whom still live in Algoma and come to visit her.

We would like to thank Helen for taking the time to sit down and share her story with us.

Written by Rylee Clark and Juan Santoro.