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Passport portrait of Indar Singh Gill, from village and Post Office Dudhike, son of Khem Singh Gill (who was the son of Partap Gill). Indar arrived in Canada in 1930, sponsored by his uncle, Naranjan Singh Gill, village and Post Office Nathu Walla, District Faridkot, Punjab. Indar arrived with his brother, Joginder Singh Gill (see P11893), Darbara Sher Gill and Ganga Singh Gill. He came as the "son" of Naranjan S. Gill. “I, Indar Singh Gill, was born on April 5, 1913, in Village Dhudike, Punjab, India. As a youngster I attended only two years of school. I did not see a bright future in India and desired to travel to Malaya. I was 17 years of age when I left India to come to Canada. I was married at the time. My wife’s name was Kartar Kaur Gill and we had an eight-month-old daughter, Gurcharan Kaur Gill, who passed away when she was nine years of age. I had to leave my wife and daughter with my parents in the village. I left India on the day of Diwali. Farm life in India was very difficult during those days. There was a shortage of good agricultural land and a shortage of irrigation water. If it rained we were able to get a few crops and if we didn’t then there was a complete crop loss. There were a few schools in the villages in India and hardly an opportunity for an education. If one village had a school there were four others that didn’t.” Indar Singh Gill found employment as a farmworker and in the forest industry before starting his own business, the Indar Fuel Company. In 1959 he purchased a sawmill, and operated Fraser Valley Sawmills Ltd. on that site and a second location at Fort Langley. Throughout his life Mr. Gill supported the temple and became involved in development in his former village to construct a water supply, better roads, schools and school library and a civic square.