Bill Matt (born Matuik) was born in Saskatchewan, Canada, in a share cropper’s cabin, the first of seven children. Bill died June 11 in Rifle, Colo. Bill’s father and uncle were escaped Cossacks of the Russian Revolution. His mother was an orphan. The family had no electricity, no indoor plumbing and worked their own vegetable gardens. The children walked several miles to and from school.
The birth of the seventh child, the death of Bill’s mother, the impossible struggle against Canada’s dust bowl destruction of the farm and the suicide of his father, precipitated the total destruction of the family.Full Story »