First children in Norilsk caused problems

First children in Norilsk caused problems

July 24, 2023

While the theorists were planning Norilsk as a settlement for young stern men wintering in the Arctic for several years, real life made adjustments.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Already in the first expeditions, called upon to master and settle in the Norilsk valley, not only the first women, but also the first children appeared in the village.

According to a city legend, it was believed that the first woman in labor in Norilsk was the wife of the geologist Alexander Vorontsov, Sophia. In 1932, she gave birth to her daughter Irina here, who was considered to be the first native Norilsk woman.

But these were not all the children of Norilsk in the early 1930s. The first builders of the village arrived already with their families. And in the sanitary report it is said:

But in the medical and sanitary report for 1930-1932, which was compiled by the only doctor in the village at that time, Stepanov, it is said that 22 births were delivered in Norilsk, 10 of them were by representatives of indigenous peoples.

“The big minus of living in Norilsk in 1930 was families with children, since this circumstance required some kind of isolation and an increase in living space. Luckily, there were no more than ten families with children. But since the autumn of 1931, due to the influx of multi-family workers and employees, a rather significant children’s group of the population formed – up to 35 children under 15 years of age.

In the autumn of 1931, four rooms, partitioned off with plywood, were adapted for family housing, and for children – 17 people – in the 12th barrack, part of the premises was allocated, also partitioned off with plywood into four rooms”.

In the History Spot’s previous publication, we talked about the first private taxi in Norilsk.

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Text: Svetlana Ferapontova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Branch archive

July 24, 2023

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