Collection 0043 - Nicholas Kostyniuk proverbs collection

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Nicholas Kostyniuk proverbs collection

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    CA BMUFA 0043

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    • 1980s-2001 (Creation)
      Kostyniuk, Nicholas

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    0.5 cm of textual records

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    Nicholas Kostyniuk was born December 9, 1921 in Plain Lake, AB. His parents were Joseph and Annie Kostyniuk (Predyk). They married in 1917 in the old Plain Lake church and settled on a farm. They had four children: Mary, Nick, John and Tillie. Joseph died in 1938 at the age 44. Nick's older sister Mary married Peter Stepushyn in the fall of 1938. In 1946 Tillie married Alex Werbitsky of Innisfree. In 1949 John married Mary Chmilar of Two Hills and moved to farm in that area.

    Nick contributed a great deal to running the household. He hurt his hip in an accident as a young man, causing a permanent limp. For this reason, he did not participate in the war. Nicholas taught at Plain Lake school for one year. He wrote and published poetry. He was active in the youth activities of his parish and was active in the Ukrainian Catholic church his whole life. In 1950, Annie and Nick moved to Edmonton. Two years later in 1952, Nick married Olga Soldan of Two Hills and settled in Edmonton. For a little while he owned a hat store on Whyte Ave close to 99 St. He worked at "Inland Cement" for over 25 years. Nick and Olga had two sons: Brent and Alan.

    Annie lived in her home and kept boarders until early 1981, at which time she moved to the St. Basil's Senior Citizens' Residence in Edmonton. She passed away in March of 1975.

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    Collection of proverbs (in type form and handwritten) from Nicholas Kostyniuk. He compiled this collection gradually. Nicholas wrote down many of the proverbs from his mother Anne who used them a lot at home. He finished working on the collection in late 1980s-early 1990s and then found his notes only in 2001. Bishop Yakymyshyn said they were valuable and needed to be kept. A Basilian seminarian Yuriy typed them up. He preferred standard literary language.

    A copy of the local history book from the location in Ukraine where Elizabeth's great grandmother came is enclosed.

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    Donated by Brent Kostyniuk via his granddaughter Elizabeth Kostyniuk.


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    • Ukrainian

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