The Saskatchewan government is recognizing five pioneer families who homesteaded in the Melfort region.
The five families immigrated from Poland and Russia in the early 1900’s.
The families are being remembered with the naming of Ozmans Lake, about 40 kilometers southwest of Melfort.
Parks and culture minister Gene Makowsky says the families faced trees, sloughs, muskeg and stones in a harsh environment to build a successful farm.
“This commemorates that struggle,” Makowsky said. “They are the forebearers ofthe modern farm economy that we have here in our province.”
The five families being honored were chosen through a local nomination process and the ministry of parks and culture