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Anthony and Annie Yucytus

Our Treasured Heritage
A History of Coalhurst and District
Pages 607-608
by Bernice Blanchet

Mother and Dad were born in Kaunus, Lithuania. After they were married they immigrated to Motherwell, Scotland where Dad worked in the coal mine. A son and two daughters were born there. After a number of years they decided to immigrate to Canada and settled in Hudson's Bay, Saskatchewan where Dad worked in the coal mine. Two daughters and one son were born there. Times were very difficult and as a result my brother looked for work elsewhere. He heard of openings in the mine at Coalhurst and decided to see if conditions were better there. He got a job and the rest of the family moved to Coalhurst in 1920.

The family's first home was in Wigan. Later they found their permanent home in Coalhurst. This house still remains there. The main concern was obtaining suitable drinking water. First the water was brought in by tanks drawn by horses. Each home stored their drinking water in barrels. Later the mine company built a water storage tank near the hospital. Dad brought our water in a one-barrel cart which he built.

Mrs. Yucytus who was known as Grandma devoted much time to the Catholic Church and belonged to the C.W.L. The ladies held bingos and bazaars to help provide funds for the upkeep of the church. The ladies took turns cleaning the church and rectory.

Every year the Miners Club put on a picnic at Park Lake for the whole town. They also provided all the pop, ice-cream and food. Races were held and silver dollars were the prizes.

Dad was an ardent fisherman and caught many sturgeon. catfish and pike. He also got much pleasure from playing his clarinet. He played in a dance band in Scotland for many years.

The mine explosion in 1935 ended the town as we knew it. Very few people remained. Mother and Dad continued to live in their home.

Dad suffered a stroke and passed away in 1948 at age 73. Mother passed away in 1974 at age 89.

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