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The Maruszczaks and Sorokas of Konotonpy,Mianowice Ukraine

Updated December 28, 2009

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GrandMother Anasticia Waronycia Soroka brought the family holy Bible too Canada when they arrived in Quebec on the ship SS Lake Michigan in May9-1907,With her husband Symen Soroka and four childern Filamon,Mike,Mary and Olga.Than they traveled by train across Canada too the town of Rostern Saskatchewan,that was where the immgration office was.They where picked by the Holoshewski family with a team of horses,on Which they drove to the Krydor Distrect and lived with the Holoshewski,and Pohodzelas families,until GrandFather Symen Soroka got a homestead six miles south of krydor,where they built a thatched roof house and Cleared broke land with oxen.They Also had son Paul that was born and another daughter named Anna that died at a young age and was buried on the farm.
Now in the year of 1906 when GrandFather Symen Soroka desided to emigrate to Canada,he desided that he needed two wooden chests one for personal clothes,and the other for their working farm tools,since GrandFather heard that their were ten dollar homesteads in Canada from relatives in the Krydor Saskatchewan district. Now the Family had a big orchard,and GrandFather cut down a big pear tree,and took it to the sawmill,and the made enough boards to make two trunks and than GrandFather made both of them indentical,they were plain wood,with with orange,red designs,on the front and around the carring handles,the hinges were made of leather strapping and square nails were used when GrandFather built these chests.
Well when the Soroka Family landed in Quebec city in May9-1907as they were unloading the chests from the ship SS.Lake Michigan,they dropped the farming tool chest,on the dock,but it didn't come apart only the corner and the lid was damaged.Now if the if it would have came apart the shot gun would have been discovered,which was against the lawThe Soroka Family would have been deported back too the old country of Mainowice,Poland and now Ukraine.All I can say that luck was with the Soroka Family and trunk didn't fall apart and they continued their trip by train to Rosthern Saskatchewan.The Holosheskis picked them up with a team of horses and continued to the Krydor district were the Holosheskis Family were homesteading already.The Soroka Family stayed with the Holosheski Family until they got homestead six miles south of Krydor,they built there first thatch roof house,which burned down I don't know what year,but all GrandMother's embroider's,and personal papers with the one trunk were distroyed.
I Mike Micheal Soroka,Symens Soroka's Grandson,picked up the other chest from the abandoned farm,too keep the Genealogy of the Soroka's and Maruszczak's Families history record's.
I first kept the chest in my basement and a tenant that was renting the basement suite.was on druges set the place on fire in 1977and the chest got badly scorched.I desided to save the chest,I cleaned it as best as possible and I replaced the burned and broken parts of the lid and the leather hinges with metal ones and stained the chest brown.
Now it sits in my front porch at 629-5Th.street Saskatoon Saskatchewan,with all the Family History Records
Mike,Michael Soroka.

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