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® Canada Copyright Registration  No. 490341
to William J. Milner, March 8, 2001.


The Michael Altwasser Family

Information about Michael's parents, Gottlieb Altwasser and Euphrosine Beier


Back Row: Elsie Alice, Julian August, Melita Victoria, Arthur, Frederick Herman

Front Row: Appolonia Altwasser, Doris Cecelia, Martha, Linda Agnes, Olga, Delia Ruth, Michael Altwasser

1916 Census

Province of Saskatchewan, Weyburn Sub District 31, Enumeration District 10A in Weyburn City,
Pages 9 -10.

  • Michael Altwasser is living on 3rd Avenue in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, with his wife and seven children; the date of naturalization is illegible, but it looks like 1914; employed with the railroad [CPR] as a Section Forman.

  • His daughter, Olga Altwasser, is shown as being in Minot, North Dakota, USA, presumably visiting with her mother's relatives who operated a bakery there; employment indicated as book-keeping.

  • The birth year of his son Frederick Herman Altwasser is still uncertain, but an indicated age of 3 years implies the year 1913.

  • They were ethnic Germans and came from Russia prior to being naturalized. The family spoke German at home and they could speak English. For all of the family members, including those born in Canada, entries by the enumerator in the columns indicating 'racial origin' and 'other language spoken as mother tongue' are recorded as Russian [Sic].

Children of Michael Altwasser and Appolonia Grams

  • Olga Altwasser born on September 14, 1898 in Rovno, Volhynia, Russia. She married William Leslie Milner on August 29, 1931 in Edmonton, Alberta. Olga and Les had three children, two girls and one boy. The second child, a girl, died at the age of three months in 1937. Olga passed away on April 4, 1949 and is buried in the Edmonton Cemetery.

  • Paul Altwasser born July 6, 1900 in Volhynia, Russia. died February 5, 1904 from diphtheria in Antonowka, Volhynia, Russia.

  • Theodore Altwasser born on May 20, 1902 in Volhynia, Russia. He died February 10, 1904 from diphtheria in Antonowka, Volhynia, Russia.

    Directory of Deaths in Antonowka - 1904

    Nr. 2
    Paul ALTWASSER died 05. 02. 1904 afternoon in Antonowka
    Buried: 07.02.1904 afternoon
    Son of the teacher Michael Altwasser and his wife Apollona(?) b. Grams
    Age of the child: 3 years / 6 month
    Cause of death : diphtheria Diphtherie

    Nr. 4
    Theodor ALTWASSER died 10.02.1904 1 o`clock afternoon in Antonowka
    Buried: 12.02.1904 afternon
    Son of the teacher Michael Altwasser and his wife Apollona(?) b. Grams
    Age of the child: 1 year / 8 month / 20 days
    Cause of death : diphtheria

  • Martha Altwasser born October 4, 1904 in Antonowka, Wolhynia, Russia. Martha did not marry and passed away in 1992 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

  • Arthur Altwasser born July 6, 1906 in Antonowka, Wolhynia, Russia. He married Lulu Laverne Palmer on November 16, 1929. They had four children, two girls and two boys. Art passed away on March 14, 1974 and is buried in Vancouver, British Columbia.

  • Julian August Altwasser born on September 15, 1908 in Lang, Saskatchewan. Julian married Alice Hamm on December 29, 1941 in Hague, Saskatchewan. In 1942 he entered the Canadian Army and was posted overseas in 1943. Upon his release from the military he changed his name to Attwater. Julian passed away on May 2, 1967, in Saskatoon.

  • Melita Victoria Altwasser born June 9, 1910 in Lang, Saskatchewan. Melita did not marry and passed away February 2, 1978 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

  • Frederick Herman Altwasser born about 1912 or 1913 in Lang Saskatchewan. He left home at the age of 14 or 15 to live with an aunt and uncle in the United States where he took the name of Frederick Herman Grams. Fred married Harriette Wilson and died in 1979 in Vancouver, Washington. There were no children from this marriage.

  • Elsie Alice Altwasser born July 1, 1914 in Lang, Saskatchewan. Elsie married John William Meahan in 1942 at Regina, Saskatchewan. She died on November 18, 1982 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Elsie and John had no children.

  • Linda Agnes Altwasser born on December 11, 1916 in Weyburn, Saskatchewan. She married Joseph Allan Juno on July 20, 1946 in Regina, Saskatchewan. She passed away in 1996 in Regina. Agnes and Allan had no children of their own, but adopted a daughter.

  • Delia Ruth Altwasser born on February 2, 1919 in Weyburn, Sakatchewan, the twin sister of Doris Cecelia. Delia married Norman Benjamin Manning on May 6, 1944. Delia and Norman had three children, a boy and two girls.

  • Doris Cecelia Altwasser born on February 2, 1919 in Weyburn, Sakatchewan, the twin sister of Delia Ruth. Doris died on January 19, 1940 at the age of age 21 in Weyburn. The cause of death is now believed to have been leukemia.

  • Michael Altwasser

    The Second Child of Gottlieb Altwasser and Euphrosine Beier

    Michael Altwasser was born on September 20, 1874 in Osiny, Province of Kalish, Dombie, Poland. Sometime between 1874 and 1877 he moved with his parents from Poland to the province of Volhynia, Russia. He married Appolonia Grams on December 9, 1897 in Tutshin, County Rovno, Wolhynia, Russia. Appolonia was born on January 14, 1875 in Tutshin, Russia. Her parents were Wilhelm Grams and Dorothea Pauline Arndt.

    Translation of a 1905 Abstract from the Metrical Acts of Marriage

    This is given to say, that on the 9th day of December, 1897, Michael Altwasser,
    Son of Gottlieb Altwasser, Teacher, Single, age 23 years, born in the province of Kalish
    got married to the Virgin Appolone Grams, daughter of Wilhelm Grams, age 22 years
    of age, born in the town of Tutschin, Wolhynia. Both of the Lutheran confession.
    This is taken and given in accordance to the Metrical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran
    Church of the Diocese of Shitomir, in Tutschin. In witness whereof I herewith affix the
    Seal of the Church and my signature


    Pastor Adjutant O. Shneider,
    Tutshin, Province of Wolhynia
    County Rovno,
    this 29th day of May 1905 under No 525

    Before They Left Russia

    When our ancestors initially migrated to Russia, they entered a realm where they would be swept up in powerful historical and social forces over which they had no control. The winds of revolutionary activity had begun blowing with the Decembrist Uprising in 1825. (Historians have noted that the Decembrist Uprising greatly influenced the development of revolutionary movements in Russia).  In 1907, when Michael left Russia with his wife and three children, Volhynia was a troubled area. The Bolsheviks were not above lawlessness and terrorism. As well, the authorities had for years been creating problems for the German colonists settled there. Land laws directed at the German colonists made it difficult for them to own, buy or lease land to further develop and expand operations. Furthermore, a policy of 'Russification' had begun in 1881 under Tsar Alexander III. This policy, with varying degrees of success, attempted to 'Russify' all of the colonists in the country by having them become Russian citizens and teaching their children in the Russian language. There is a possibility that Michael may also have taught in the Russian language since there were not enough Russian teachers to implement the teaching policy.

    Typically, the school teacher also served as the community's salaried lay preacher for the colonies of German settlers. They settled in colonies to enable them to have a house of worship and a school for their children. There were no grants from the Russian government toward the building of a school nor provisions made for the maintaining the buildings or paying the teachers' salaries. This was left to the settlers. Very few children went on to high school or university.

    Michael was the lay preacher and teacher in Antonowka who was appointed to lead Sunday church services and perform church duties in the absence of the ordained pastor, E. Althausen. He did not have the authority to marry couples, but could perform baptisms and funerals, teach the catechism and prepare the children for confirmation.

    Image adapted from 44-51, (Rowno 1889).
    A Monarchia III. katonai felmérése, 1910

    Documents found in the Rowno Archives by B. Voltermann, W. Köllner, F. Winkel and G. König, "KB Tutschin, Geburten_Taufen", (Births_Baptisms retroactively issued) were translated into German and show "Küster Altwasser" and "Küster M. Altwasser", in Antonowka, baptizing Emil Kiel on November 12, 1898; Mathilde Bathke on December 27, 1899; Olga Bathke on September 22, 1901 and Emilie Schendel on March 15, 1905.

    The "KB Tutschin, Geburten_Taufen" documents help to confirm that Michael lived in this village of Antonowka between November 1898 and his departure in the summer of 1907.

    Visit:   a VolynWiki site for KB Tutschin information re: Michael Altwasser.

    A 1905 Wedding

    In 1905   Gustav Altwasser,   a first cousin of Michael Altwasser, married Pauline Langner in in Wielkepole, a village about eight kilometers from Antonowka. All their friends and relatives were invited, as well as all the neighbors from both the villages. The celebration lasted for three days with a lot of good food, cooking , baking and of course no shortage of schnapps. Michael and his wife Appolonia probably joined the festivities since they were still living in Antonowka at the time.


    When They Left Russia
    A dialogue with Michael's daughter Delia Manning

    The family pretended to be going on holidays together and traveled about sixty miles by train before they got off and boarded another train going in the opposite direction.  From this point on they tried to remain hidden until they were out of Russia because they were in fear of being discovered. In Delia's words "they were fearful for their lives."  Delia didn't know the route out of Russia, but knows they spent several weeks in England before obtaining passage to Canada.

    Reconstructing the Journey

    This story is lacking some important, but unavailable information. Were they pretending to go on holidays because of possible physical danger or was it the result of another need to hide their intention to leave?

    Research indicates that travel documents were required by inhabitants wanting to travel and that a system of internal passports was highly developed within the Russian Empire. Thus, holiday travel by Michael and his family to any destination within Russia would require he have travel papers. These travel documents would have been issued by the relevant authorities in Volhynia to provide proof of identity and entitlement to travel, but did not necessarily imply any intention to travel abroad.

    Also not available is documentation of their passage from Europe to England.   However, it is known that the British conducted a major business transporting immigrants from northern European ports by ship to Hull, England where they traveled by train to Liverpool and thence onward by ship to the US, Canada and other parts of the world. By 1907, migration via the UK was a fully integrated business that was cheap, effective and profitable for the organizations involved, with Hull dominating as the chief port of entry and Liverpool serving as the main port of departure.

    It can only be assumed that Michael wanted official government identification but did not obtain a proper passport for travel abroad. Could the risk of a severe penalty for leaving Russia without approval be worth the reward of escaping? Obviously so.   Michael and his family departed Liverpool, England on July 5, 1907 aboard the SS Victorian and arrived in Quebec on July 14, 1907.

    July 1907

    Images of the SS Victorian's passenger list, showing as listed, the names of Michael Altwasser, his family, their country of origin and their destination in Canada.

    About their ship, the SS Victorian

    Photgraphs of the SS Victorian

    The SS Victorian departed Liverpool on July 5, 1907 and arrived in Quebec on July 14, 1907. Canadian Immigration authorities stamped the passenger list containing the names of Michael, wife Apolina and three children Olga, Marta and Anton (Arthur) on August 2, 1907. Their destination was Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan. Apollonia (Grams) had with her, three quality woolen dresses from the Rovno area, made in a woolen mill operated by the Grams family. These dresses may now be in the Weyburn museum and Michael may have been the donor. As background information, the Volhynian Births File, 1870-75, extracted from St Petersburg Archive records, notes that Wilhelm Grams is a Tuchmachermeister (translation: master cloth maker). This is Apollonia's father and the birth record is that of her older sister Amelie, in Tutschin, 1870.

    Delia recalls Michael, as being a strict disciplinarian and the family had to obey his wishes. Delia found this to be stressful and commented that Michael was argumentative and difficult to get along with. When he was around "he kept things stirred up" within the German speaking community. She further described him as being an Anglophile (one who greatly admires or favors England and things English) and a completely opposite personality when dealing with the English speaking community. Delia's mother (Apollonia) told her that Michael was not like this for the first ten years of their marriage, but had changed afterwards.

    Railway employees were entitled to a railway pass for use by themselves and members of their family. It is known that Michael permitted his older children to use his rail pass to travel to visit nearby relatives in Saskatchewan, North Dakota and possibly Portland, Oregon. The older children frequently used this rail pass, but eventually Michael felt they were abusing it. This resulted in the youngest ones not allowed this privilege.

    1909 - 1910
    Another interesting observation emerged from the 1910 rate payers list for 6-26-W2nd that shows:
    • M. Altwasser - NE31-6-26-W2nd - Saskatchewan Archive file #1858532.
    • M. Altwasser - NW32-6-26-W2nd - Saskatchewan Archive file #1868586.

    Michael's nephew Art Domes commented:   "The two quarter sections that Michael was paying taxes on were four miles east of his father's farm and were pretty good land. This is the first knowledge that I have of Michael owning that land. If he had land I wonder why he didn't want to farm?"

    Saskatchewan Archive file #1858532 contains an application for pre-emption entry from Michael Altwasser of Lang, Saskatchewan, for NE31-6-26-W2nd;  $10 entry fee received April 24, 1909, Moose Jaw Saskatchewan.   William M. Wenaus subsequently obtained homestead entry to this land on June 18, 1912 and applied for a land patent in 1916.

    Saskatchewan Archive file #1868586 contains an application for homestead entry from Michael Altwasser of Lang, Saskatchewan, for NW32-6-26-W2nd ;  $10 entry fee received April 24, 1909, Moose Jaw Saskatchewan. His previous occupation is listed as farming.  The following year, on July 12, 1910, George Atkinson obtained entry to this land and applied for a pre-emption land patent on July 16, 1914, in Willow Bunch.


    1911 Canada Census

    The 1911 Canada Census recorded Michael and his family living in the Village of Lang, Saskatchewan, where he had been employed for 52 weeks in 1910 as a C.P. Railwayman in the m. section, earning a total of $1080. Apparently he found steady work with the CPR and did not leave his home in Lang to begin farming the land. His faith was Lutheran, his origin German, born in Russia and he could read and write. Column 13 was blank, because he had not yet become a naturalized Canadian citizen. Other research indicates the family was naturalized in 1912. Languages spoken were English and German.

    Saskatchewan, Regina, District 214, Township 10, Sub District 39,
    Microfilm T-20457, Page 10












    Altwasser, Michael









            "         Apolina








            "         Olga








            "         Martha








            "         Arthur








            "        Julian August








            "        Melita Victoria







    Personal Glimpses
    written by Art Domes

    I knew Michael Altwasser quite well. There was a good relationship between our family and theirs. Michael was my mother's oldest brother and there was a very strong bond between Appolona, Michael's wife, and my mother. In fact she seemed more like a big sister to my mother rather than a sister-in-law. There were frequent visits between the two families. Michael's family used to travel free on the railroad because Michael was an employee of the Canadian Pacific Railway. When my oldest sister was born my mother went to Weyburn to stay with Michael and Appolona until after my sister was born.

    My recollections of Michael was that he was a gruff sort of guy, not given to cracking jokes, but on the positive side he was a hard working man who raised a very large family and endured some very difficult conditions on his job. As a section foreman he had to be out on the railroad track every day no matter how mean the winter weather was. As he was approaching retirement age I recall Michael complaining to my mother that his bosses were looking for every opportunity to fire him because if he were fired that would mean he would lose his pension. That was the rule with the CPR in those days. It has to be a credit to Michael that he safely made it to retirement age.

    Michael liked to read a lot and I am aware that he read many good books. I also know that he enjoyed good music. He liked to grow flowers and there was often a good display of flowers and vegetables. You have to give Michael credit for being a school teacher over in Volhynia (Poland). It was also an area where almost everyone kept their "heads low" for their own safety.

    Unfortunately Michael did not have a good relationship with his sons, except for Julian. It seems that Michael was very hard nosed and unbending with his sons and not given to compromise. We saw quite a bit of Julian, but I don't recall that we ever had a visit from Arthur or Fred.

    Michael was the administrator of his fathers estate, which was a half-section of farmland that I purchased in 1946. My mother always looked up to and respected her oldest brother, Michael, and I can't recall that she (or my father) ever complained of him being hard to get along with.

    Cheers ................. Art Domes

    A Dialogue About the Family's Life in Weyburn.
    Regina, Saskatchewan, March 1997


daughter of August Altwasser and married to Herb Newman.

Oh yes! I remember your mother (Olga Altwasser Milner). The four oldest children lived in a house of their own, separate from the rest of the family. I loved to go over there. I was about seven years old and they would let me do anything I wanted. I could play the gramophone or anything. I was a princess when I was there. And Julian! He was my hero! He worked in a bank. He was a banker! In my mind there wasn't anything more important than a banker.

daughter of Agnes Altwasser Juno

Yes. The four oldest (Olga, Martha Art, Julian) lived separately from the family, but they ate all their meals at the main house.

Agnes Altwasser's husband

The oldest four helped support the family.


Olga and Martha worked for a fruit company in Edmonton. (Royal Fruit)

Later with Delia Manning in Vancouver

Delia explained this story about the older children living in another house. In Weyburn, where the family lived, there were three buildings on two adjoining lots. The older children lived in one of these three buildings. Michael must have finally decided to consolidate the living accommodations and added a second story to the main house. Another story locates the other house where the older ones lived as kitty corner to the main house on the next street. In either case, it was close by.


My mother (Agnes) told the story of how they would ask their mother "Mama! Why did you have so many children in the old country and here?" She would reply "well, maybe we should send some of you back." Then they would all sit down and try to decide whom they should send back. Of course they could never decide, so nobody ever got sent back.

At the beginning of the school year the girls were each given two hand knitted sweaters and a skirt. To provide a variety in their wardrobe, the girls would swap clothing. Their mother made their petticoats from washed flour sacks and decorated them with lace and ribbons to make them pretty.

Later with Delia Manning in Vancouver

Delia remembers the sisters wrangled over the sharing of clothing, more than willingly sharing. There seemed to be a difference of opinion between the sister wanting to share and the sister owning the clothing.

Jean and Allan

Your mother (Olga Altwasser Milner) was in a serious car accident in Minot, North Dakota in the twenties. Her best girl friend was killed in this accident. There was a steep hill. The car went out of control and crashed. Your Mother was seriously injured and her best friend was killed.


Yes, I remember that she had a scar over her eye.

Excerpt from "A Century of Doms History in Western Canada"
written by Elsie Domes.

"I was born Elsie Domes on January 25, 1916, the first child of Archie and Olga Domes. At that time there was no doctor near to where my parents were homesteading. As well, long distance travel by horse and sleigh would have been dangerous at that time of year. So, before winter set in my father took his pregnant wife (my mother to be) to stay at her brother, Michael Altwasser's home, in Weyburn Sask.. One has to realize that mail service was very poor in those days and there were no telephones yet. Because of that my father may not have even known of my birth for some time."


In conversation, Delia Manning frequently mentioned visiting the farm of Aunt Olga and cousins Elsie and Eddie, so these two families were close and supportive of each other.

In a letter to Jack Milner Art Domes mentioned that his mother Olga (Altwasser) Domes always had a photo of her niece Olga Altwasser (Michael's daughter ) in their home and that they were very close to each other.

Summer of 1946
Jack's Personal Memories - Weyburn, Saskatchewan.

Grandma and Grandpa Altwasser lived in, what seemed to me, a large two story house on a corner double lot located across the street from a park. The park was beside the Souris River. I was only eight years old and our house in Edmonton was only 900 square feet, so to me this house was huge. The kitchen occupied half of the main floor. There was a huge wood-burning stove on which the bath water was heated on Saturday night before bedtime. My sister had her bath first and then it was my turn. I was quite ticked off that I had to use the same bath water she bathed in. The stove also heated the flat irons used for ironing clothes. Inside the kitchen was this marvelous hand pump to provide water for washing! Where did this water come from? I learned that rainwater was collected in a cistern located in the basement. Grandpa and I went downstairs to look at the cistern. It was huge. Everything was huge to me then. It occupied half of the basement and went right to the ceiling. There was also a coal chute and furnace down there. Marvelous sights for a kid from the city.

Upstairs again. The living room occupied the other half of the main floor. There were wonderful old things in the room; a windup gramophone and 78-RPM records. When the records slowed down, you had to crank up the spring. Such an invention! We didn't have anything like that in Edmonton. This might even have been the same gramophone that Gertrude was so thrilled with as a young girl. The bedrooms were upstairs on the second floor. Four of them, I think. I don't remember too much about the upstairs. I think there were chamber pots in the rooms and wash basins on stands out in the hallway. The beds were covered with hand made wool filled quilts.

I vaguely recall that the outdoor plumbing was on the lot beside the house, surrounded by a beautiful vegetable garden. Mostly flowers and gladioli around the outhouse. The outhouse could have been else where, but there certainly was a wonderful garden next to the house. There were other buildings in the yard behind the house. I remember going into the chicken house with my mother to gather fresh eggs, while chickens pecked away at the ground in the back yard outside.

Summer of 1949
Jack's Personal Memories - Weyburn, Saskatchewan.

I hadn't seen the inside of the other buildings until I visited three years later with my Aunt Martha. One contained shiny milk pails and stainless steel vessels. Grandpa had one cow stabled in another separate building. Every morning Grandpa and the cow would leave home. Where in the world did they go? I finally found out when I went with Grandpa and the cow to the public pasture one morning. Grandpa staked the cow in an area with lots of grass. In the evening, back to the milk shed for milking. I think the milk was put into a vessel for pasteurizing after some of the cream and milk fats separated and were skimmed off. Grandpa then bottled the milk and delivered it in the evening to neighbors up and down the street, stopping to visit and collecting the milk money. There was lots of visiting and conversation, all in German, which I didn't understand, but it didn't matter to me. Grandpa's dairy operation also produced butter from a hand operated butter churn. The significance of this self-reliance escaped me then, but some fifty years later I can appreciate grandpa practicing a culture from his past; a resourceful post retirement activity.

The House in Weyburn, July 2001.
3rd Avenue & Confederation Drive

Photographer Don Manning comments:

"The adjacent lot was used by grandfather as the vegetable garden, and now accommodates the residence next door. There is a cove window on the main floor of the old house that was not there when we were children, likely added after the next purchaser. The thing that struck me most was how small it looked."



Mrs. Altwasser Passed away at Weyburn

Mrs. Appolonia Altwasser, beloved wife of Mr. Michael Altwasser passed away on Thursday January 15th in her 74th year, at the Weyburn General Hospital. Cause of death was heart disease.

The late Mrs. Altwasser was born at Lutshin, Russia [sic] and came to Canada in 1906, [sic] settling in Lang where they resided for six years, then moving to Weyburn, where they have resided ever since. She was a member of the Lutheran Church.

Besides her husband she leaves to mourn her loss, six daughters, Mrs. W.L. Milner, Mrs. N.B. Manning, Martha and Melita Altwasser all of Edmonton, Alta; Mrs. John Meahan, Ottawa, Ont.; Mrs. J.A. Juno, Regina; and three sons, Arthur of Whitehorse, Yukon; Julian of Ferintosh, Alta; and Fred of Vancouver [Washington, USA].

The funeral was held on Monday January 19th, service being held in Cleland's Funeral Home Chapel, at 2 PM with Rev. A.P. Salemka officiating. Hymns rendered were: Nearer My God to Thee, Rock of Ages, and Abide With Me. Pallbearers were Fred Altwasser, Geo. Burge, Archie Domes, Ben Martin, Edward Wallace, Wm. B. Montgomery. Internment took place in Hillcrest Cemetery.


Michael Altwasser

Michael Altwasser passed away in Weyburn on Thursday, June 13, at the age of 88 years. Funeral service was held at Cleland's Memorial Chapel with Rev. Kentel of Grace Lutheran Church, Regina officiating, on Monday, June 17. Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery with Cleland's Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Altwasser taught school in Russia before coming to Canada in 1901 [sic] and to Verwood and Lang where he also taught school for a number of years. While at Lang he went to work for the CPR as track foreman. In 1913 the family moved to Weyburn where Mr. Altwasser continued to work for the CPR until retiring in 1940.

He was active in the Zion Lutheran Church, Weyburn. In the early years before coming to Canada he often acted as a lay minister. He served as an officer of the church in Weyburn for many years and took an active part in the construction of the present building.

He was an avid gardener and a student of many subjects being interested in both formal and self-education.

Mr. Altwasser is survived by three sons Arthur in Vancouver B.C.; Julian, Landis and Frederick, San Francisco, Calif. Five daughters Martha and Melita of Edmonton; Mrs. J.W. Meahan Vancouver; Delia, Mrs. Norman Manning Vancouver and Agnes, Mrs. Allan Juno, Regina.

Pallbearers were six nephews Earl Beggs, Herbert and Edward Domes, Ernest and Waldemar Altwasser and Herbert Newman.

July 2001

Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn.
July 1, 2001


An error of one year was made when the double headstone for Appolonia and Michael was ordered. Appolonia actually died on January 15, 1948 and the headstone is engraved with the year 1947. Also note that both obituaries show different dates of arrival in Canada than that shown in the SS Victorian's passenger list of 1907. Appolonia's birthplace was reported as Lutshin, not Tutshin as it should be. Someone unfamiliar with the writing can easily misinterpret the handwritten "L" and "T". Thus, Tutshin becomes Lutshin. We just have to remember that obituaries are a secondary source of information, sometimes far removed from an actual event. Thus, unintentional works of fiction do occur. The date of the move from Lang to Weyburn is also somewhat in doubt as the last child to be born in Lang was Elsie Alice on July 1, 1914. The next child, Linda Agnes, was born in Weyburn Saskatchewan on December 11, 1916. Oral history indicates the move occurred about 1912; Dianne (Grams) Richards, in her family history book, states they moved in 1914.






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