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Joseph Berezay and
Annie Zubach Berezay

Heritage of the High Country
A History of Del Bonita and
Surrounding Districts, Pages 274 - 275

Joe came to Canada in 1911 at the age of twelve with his parents, John and Marie Berezay, and an older brother, Gene. Here with the many long hours, the hard work, and breaking land with horses, they established Berezay Hill.

Joe went to school at Valleyfield, completing his education there. He worked for several years on Joe Peters' Ranch, just east of the Berezay homestead. In 1930 John Berezay passed away. Joe took over the responsibilty of the farm. In 1929 Joe married Annie Zubach, daughter of Peter and Mary Zubach of Harrisville, Alberta. They resided on the ridge with Grandma Berezay . Joe and Annie had five children, two daughters and three sons. Like his parents, Joe worked very hard on the old homestead. The depression hit in the 1930's. In 1931 Joe bought a truck, and for the next ten years he operated a trucking business. His business consisted of transporting gas in barrels from Del Bonita, Owendale, Woolford, and Raley to Lethbridge. While Joe ran the business his wife, Annie managed the farm with the help of the family and her younger brother. Due to the struggle of the dirty 30's, the long hours, the hard work, and the extensive travelling on near impassable roads in winter, and rain washed in spring, Joe's health (heart trouble) became impaired.

In 1938 Joe and Annie, accompanied by their two daughters, moved to White Rock, B.C., hoping that Joe's health would improve. However, when they returned to Whiskey Gap in the spring, there was no change.

In 1954 they returned to Creston, B.C., this time accompanied by their youngest son.

On August 10, 1954, Joseph Berezay passed away of a heart atack. Following her hustand's passing Annie returned to Whiskey Gap to resume managing Berezay farm, until her passing in January 1964.

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