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Sam Hydechuk

Water Works Wonders
A History of the White, Wilson, McMahon,
River Junction School Districts Pages 347
as related by Mrs. Bernice Perks.

Sam Hydechuk was born in Romania and after emigrating to Canada first lived in the Raymond District as an agricultural worker. Here he met and married Evelyn Jones who had been born in Raymond. In 1930 he purchased a farm situated along the Coutts highway and started to build a home. The Hydechuk family consisted of two boys, followed by nine girls.

The two boys and six of the girls were students at the McMahon School. The family lived a bit more than two miles from the school by the road so when they were walking the children usually cut diagonally across the Wocknitz farm, parts of which were still virgin prairie. This did involve dodging around sloughs in the spring and fall months, and breaking through or over snow drifts in the winter. Bernice Perks, who furnished the information about the family, remembers the boys breaking paths over the drifts of snow for the girls to follow through and that when they arrived at school all wet and cold, the teacher would have them take their clothes off to be dried by the big pot bellied stove that heated the school.

In 1941 the farm home burned. Shortly after this, Sam Hydechuk died. The family moved to Stirling and the two older boys tried to continue farming but found it too much to manage and the farm was sold.

Of the children, Raymond died and Lucy met an accidental death.

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