The Kashubians are a culturally and linguistically distinct group of Slavic (Slavonic) peoples, related but not identical to the Poles. They settled in large numbers in Renfrew County, along with Germans, starting in 1857/58 - following a request by McNab Council and other townships in Renfrew County to the Government of Canada for more immigration workers. Today, the descendants of the Kashubians in Ontario (mainly in the Wilno, Barry’s Bay region) generally call themselves “Polish”, although this is an historical error.
Scope and Content
File contains some information on the Kashubians (Kashubs) who were immigrants to Renfrew County from the eastern provinces of Prussia (mostly Pomerania).
1. Letter from Alan Rayburn, dated Dec. 27, 1989, to Peter Hessel, re the name of Wilno, and re Kashubians.
2. Photocopy of pages from “McNab — The Township”.
3. Clipping from Arnprior Chronicle, Aug. 6, 1975, obituary of Peter Zaloba (“Pete the Pollock”), who died in Renfrew at the age of 90. He was Polish, and not Kashubian (came from Poland in 1913).