- Question 3
- The immigrant town
of New Norway was destroyed by drought, dust storms and pestilence which
swept across the Canadian prairies in the 1930s.
The immigrant town of New Norway was hit hard by the Depression in
the 1930s. The early 1900s was a time of rapid development of the
prairie economy. Farmers were tempted by easy success and expanded
their estates by going bravely into debt. At. the end of the 1920s,
the average Norwegian-Canadian farmer--like most Canadian farmers
at the time--was loaded with debt and optimistic about the future.
But when the Depression struck without warning, there was no money
to pay to the bills and loans on their hefty mortgages. The Depression
was compounded with drought, dust storms and pestilence which also
swept across the prairies in this era which became known as the Dirty