Series 1 - Memoirs

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CA BMUFA 0077-1

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18 handwritten pages

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Andrew Mazurenko was born on October 17, 1890 to Fedor Mazurenko and Tatiana Deshlevi in the village of Zelenyi Roh, Kyiv province, which is about 150 km south of Kyiv. He had two brothers, Thomas and John, and sister Irene. At the age of 17, Andrew left home to work for Germans on a farm near Kherson for three years.

On January 8th, 1910, Andrew left his village Zelenyi Roh. He crossed the Austrian border and went to Rotterdam, Holland, from where he went to Canada. He went to Cochrane, Ontario to clear the bush and build railroad. In September 1911, he went back home. He voyaged from Montreal to Liverpool, and then to St. Petersburg.

At home he got married to Maria Shewchuk, on January 23, 1912. They lived together for two months, and Andrew left again for Canada on March 25, 1912. In Canada, he worked on the railroad again, and in 1914 he sent his wife a ticket to join him. He applied for a homestead in Edmonton. Maria came to Edmonton on August 9, 1914. They had a daughter Lena in 1915. Every winter Andrew worked on the railroad and then in a sawmill until 1923. During the summer he worked on the farm. In 1921, their son Victor was born (Irene's father).

They lived on the farm until 1961 and then they moved to a house in Thorhild. Maria dies in 1973. Andrew died on May 10, 1980 and is burried beside his wife at the St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church cemetery in Thorhild.

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Andrew wrote his memoirs at the urging of his granddaughter, Irene Mazurenko, in 1973 when he was 83. He sent them to her as letters. The memoirs tell about his roots, his life back in the Old country, his journey to Canada, and early years in Canada.

The memoirs were written in Ukrainian. Irene got them translated into English while preparing her family history. She inserted some explanations to the text in Italics, when she felt, they would be helpful. They come from her own memories and stories heard in the family. These five typed pages are also a part of this collection.

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