"In 1947 I got my first job. For three weeks I picked watermelons near Yuba City. Then I took a train to B.C. It took one day and two nights to get here. I got a job at Hillcrest Lumber Co. in Duncan and lived in a bunkhouse until my wife came in 1953. We lived in Lake Cowichan. We had no fridge. Instead, we dug a hole in the ground and filled it with water. The nearest grocery store was 30 miles away and we went there once a week. On July 14, 1954, our first child was born. All six of our children were born in Duncan. In 1969 we moved to Clearbrook. I got a job for McDonald Cedar and worked there until I injured my leg 10 years later. By then we were living in Langley."
German Singh Sarn was born in New Westminster, B.C. in 1923. When he was three years old, he moved to India. In 1943 he married Nand Kaur. Four years later, he made the trip back to North America. The journey, which was made by ship from Bombay to Yuba City, California, took 28 days.