Hungarian interview - Julia Bayer

MHSO, and Carmela Patrias, Hungarian interview - Julia Bayer, 1976.

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Creator MHSO
Carmela Patrias
Title Hungarian interview - Julia Bayer
Published MHSO, and Carmela Patrias, Hungarian interview - Julia Bayer, 1976.
Identifier nlc-bnc.bvas.nlc-bnc.bvas.hungarian.15
Subject Bayer, Julia
Hungarian Canadian
Oral history
Language English
Media Audio
Contributor Alouette Canada
Description Julia Bayer was born in Debrecen, Hungary, in 1904. Her father owned a flourmill. He decided to leave Hungary because of the heavy taxation imposed after World War I. Her father came to Canada in 1925 with $4000 and bought a farm near Welland, Ontario. The rest of family followed in 1926. Mrs. Bayer left her family to enter domestic service in Hamilton. In 1931 she came to Toronto and worked as a seamstress for Eaton's until she was laid off in 1937. She then studied dress design for two years. Started a dressmaking business, first in her home, and later opening a salon on Avenue Road. She had five employees. In the 1960s, she married Mr. Bayer, who was a prominent member of the Hungarian Community, Roman Catholic congregation. Mrs. Bayer discusses the Hungarian congregation in the Church of All Nations (on Queen St.) and makes mention of Dr. Czako Ambro, a United Church Minister. In connection to her husband, she also discusses the purchase of the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church on Dundas and Spadina. She concludes by offering her insights on the relationship between earlier and later immigration groups.
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