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Mike Tymchuk and
Katherine Diduck Tymchuk

Our Treasured Heritage
A History of Coalhurst and District
Pages 542-543
by Fannie Hruschak

On December 28, 1888, in Belleluja, Sniatyn, Austria, now the Ukraine, a son was born to Kosten and Hafia Tymchuk. Mike was the oldest of four children, three boys and one girl. In 1908, when Mike turned twenty years old he ventured to "The Great Land of Opportunity, Canada." He sailed across the ocean, arriving at his destination of Fernie, B. C., until 1913 when he came to Calgary, Alberta, then on to Edmonton, never to see his homeland again.

On May 28, 1918 Mike married Katherine Diduck, who was born August 2, 1901, at Hilliard, Alberta. She was the daughter of Michalo and Paraska Diduck (nee Kosmenka) who farmed in the Paulus area near Chipman, Alberta.

In late October 1922, Mike and Katherine arrived in Coalhurst, where they were greeted by friends and relatives. They made their home in a town called Wigan, Alberta, which was about one mile from the Coalhurst mine. They rented a house across the back lane form Mike and Mary Zmurchyk. Mike Zmurchyk also worked at the mine. Paul Tymchuk, Mike Tymchuk's brother, arrived in Canada shortly after his brother did and joined his brother working in the Coalhurst mine.

Paul Tymchuk was living with his brother Mike and his family in the same house in Wigan and they walked to the mine together.

After working at the Coalhurst mine, Mike and his family moved to Edmonton where he obtained a job as a section with the Canadian National Railways. He remained with the C.N.R. until he retired on a Railway Pension in 1953.

Mike Tymchuk was also a very talented musician, he learned to play the violin in the Ukraine as a young boy. He later took it upon hmself to play the dulcimer and drums as a hobby.

In Lethbridge, Wigan and Coalhurst, he played at many weddings, anniversaries and other festivities, mainly in the Ukrainian Centre.

Mike Tymchuk passed away on Nov. 2, 1963. He is survived by eight children, four boys and four girls, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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