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Wasyl (Billie)


Frank stayed at home and helped raise and support the family until, and for a few years after, the death of their parents. He and Billie built at least two houses for Nick and Rose in Erickson. The first home they built was on 2nd Street in Erickson (Barney Berkowski's dad bought the home sometime in the 1930's after all the boys had left). Berkowski's are related in some way to the family through the Olenink side. The second house was built somewhere in the south part of town in Erickson and it was the home that grandma passed away in. It wasn't completed at the time. From what I gather, it has been moved to another spot.

Frank helped with the farm work when Nick traded the house in Erickson for the farm and he also worked for Parks and Recreation at Clear Lake. He was a craftsman in log building and built some of the log cabins for the Park. He built the office building at Clear Lake and the first park gate. He was asked to carve the Totem Pole that now stands in front of the Thunderbird Motel at Wasagaming, Clear Lake. If one looks carefully at the back of the Totem Pole, they will find his name inscribed on a plaque at the base. This plaque was given to Frank by my dad so that he would be remembered as the one who carved the Totem Pole.

Standing: Almer (Tkaczuk) Small, Frank, Marianna, Matt (Tkaczuk) Small

Seated: Wes Oleniuk, lady is unknown

Frank built his own home of logs at Onanole. He married Marianna Nazar and they raised their three sons, Francis (Frankie), Donald and Lawrence at this log home. It was at this time that Frank changed the spelling of his last name from Tkaczuk to Thaczuk. Frankie was employed by Parks and Recreation at Clear Lake for thirty years. He is now retired. He still lives in the family home with his brother, Donald. Donald joined the R.e.M.P and is now retired, spending his time between Onanole and Be. Lawrence trained as a Lab Technician and also operated a grain elevator. He now owns his own contracting busi­ ness. Lawrence and his dad built his home in Roblin. He married Sonia and they have one son, Gregory. Gregory