From Avers into the Big Wide World
Comparable to the countrywide emigration statistics, about one fifth of the population of Avers left their homes and emigrated in the 19th and early 20th centuries: at the time one-fifth of the population meant around 50 persons. Poverty or family problems, sometimes mixed with the quest for adventure, were the main causes of emigration. The majority left for California, many settled in Bakersfield. Once they managed to find their relatives or contacts, others followed suit. In Bakersfield many worked as milkers or maids on the large dairy farms. The working day was long, the working conditions harsh, but the earnings were attractive. Farm laborers earned three to four times more than in their home country.