[ April 5, 2023 by The 70th 0 Comments ]

Antonio Galvão – immigrated 1957

In the spring/summer of 1959, Antonio Galvao and Antonio Araujo worked 1n landscaping in Oshawa. After working much of the summer and not very satisfied with their wages, they ventured together to Port Hope and the tobacco fields. There was word that greater fortunes waiting for them there. A couple of weeks later, they were joined by Jose and Serafim Cerqueira, who went to work on an adjacent tobacco farm. According to my Dad, the promise of riches was slightly exaggerated; at that time they were making about was talk about $700 to 800 in one month. My dad recollects that probably the most they made was $600, with back breaking labour, but it was another adventure in the life of a young immigrant.