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              Yakemchuk family
              CA BMUFA 0017-1 · Series
              Part of Gloria Rutherford family collection

              Nikola Yakemchuk, his wife, Domka (Pawliuk) and daughter Yelena arrived in Canada about 1895 and settled in the Hairy Hill area of Alberta. Prior to departing from Chernivtsi, Nikola had made an agreement with his brother Petro that when he became sufficiently established in Canada, he would send for him. This event occurred two years later.

              Petro, his wife Yelena (Cherweniuk), their two sons Vasil and Nikola and daughter Anna arrived in Montreal via cargo ship from Romania in 1897, a voyage of six weeks duration. Due to the hardship of this journey, the infant Nikola died and rather than have their infant buried at sea, Yelena pretended to nurse him so that he could be buried on land upon their disembarkation. Following this, Petro, his wife and remaining family, traveled by train to Edmonton, Alberta where Nikola met them. The two brothers farmed together for several years in Hairy Hill during which time Anna, too, died. Petro and Yelena then moved to their permanent home site on a two and one-half section farm near Kahwin, Alberta. They would lose two more children: Vasilina at age seven and Anna at age three. In time the farm passed to their son Dmitro and after his death, remained in his family until March of 1975 when it was sold to the George Kapitsky family.