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at that time. Of course, we continue the search for some sort of record but are finding it difficult with church records being moved from one place to another and not being open to us to review due to confidentiality. The cost to go through the Vital Statistics is high as they are not able to find them in the years within which they may have died and also, because there are no markers in the cemeteries.
Mike was said to have left home at an early age (15- 16 years of age). He probably headed for the United States (we have a picture of him standing at the rear of a train bound for California) and my dad says that a letter was received from him with a U.S. postmark. He visited the family when they lived in St. Catherine, ON and helped them with the move back to Manitoba. Word had it that he used aliases, Wilson or Taylor, and had joined the U.S. Navy during the First World War, 19l3-1919. His where abouts and date and place of death are still unknown.
Wasyl (Billie) stayed home to help with the farm until around 18 years of age. He left home to go trapping in/around The Pas, MB. He then went to Vancouver to fish and he did a lot of travelling in northern BC He joined the Army (Engineers) while in BC and his tour of duty took him to the Aleutian Islands. This was during the Second World War. After he was discharged he returned to Vancouver for the fishing and to join his youngest brother, Almer. He, Billie, made his way back east to visit his brothers and cousins in Winnipeg and Erickson in 1964 (that is when I first met Uncle Billie) and he began a search for his sisters' graves with no success and nothing to say that they are not buried in Oakburn. Billie passed away in 1971 and is buried in White Rock, BC He never married.