of the Swan River Valley
100 Years in the
Swan River Valley
1898 - 1998
Bill and Diane Boychuk
Peter Boychuk came to Canada in 1902 from Krywcha, Galicia (Ukraine) with his parents, three brothers and one sister. They sailed to Halifax and then travelled by train to Ashville. In 1903 they moved to Sclater and bought a homestead quarter of land for ten dollars. Peter married Ann Wowchuk on Feb. 6, 1922 at Cowan. They settled in Sclater and raised seven children. In 1936 they moved to Cowan where the land was better and the school was closer for their children. They were blessed with five other children; Mary, Patsy, Jean, Helen, Hellar, Bill, Victoria, Florence, Leonard, Agnes,Eddie and Ronnie.
Peter Boychuk passed away November of 1984. Ann is now 93 and is a resident of the Personal Care Home in Swan River.
William Peter Boychuk (Bill) was born in Sclater on November 19, 1933 and moved to Cowan in the early summer of 1936 with his parents and other siblings. He received his education in the Cowan West School. His mother had attended this school, as did his daughter Debbie making this three generations to have attended the same school. Bill helped out on the family farm, peeled popular and cut pulpwood in the winter to help support the family. Bill moved with his family to Pine River where he met Diane Nakonechny. They were married on Sept. 3, 1959. They stayed in Pine River with Bill’s parents until moving to the Boychuk farm, SW 22-35-23W in Cowan on March 1, 1960 where they started farming and later raised their family.
They started with a few cows, hogs, chickens, a large garden and cropped their land. They gradually increased their livestock, raised feeder pigs, milked cows, shipped cream and bought more land. Bill worked in the bush cutting pulpwood in the winter to help support the farm and their family. Bill retired from cutting pulpwood in 1984. Diane started working with Homecare in 1987 after their children grew up and continues to work part-time.
Bill and Diane raised six children who still remain in the Swan Valley: Debbie and Terry Cryderman (Dawn and Amy) of Renwer; Darryl and Penny Boychuk (Tyler, Natasha, Simone) of Cowan; Carolann and Raymond Woodley (Chantel and Clayton) of Minitonas; Shannon and Michael Adamchuk (Steffan and Jordan) of Minitonas; Darcy and Derek Boychuk of Swan River.
Bill and Diane are still living on the family farm and are still farming.
Submitted by: Shannon Boychuk Adamchuk
Manitoba's Swan River Valley is an area rich in history. These family histories were a part of the 1998 Pioneer Centennial History Book project. If you would like the history of your area available online, have your historic group contact the Key Rock Group for information on electronic publication. We offer publication free of charge and also provide the option for making your history book available on CD.