SIKORA / DASIUK, Tarnopol, Saskatchewan, Canada


Tarnopol, Saskatchewan, CANADA

EUREKA!!!   John DASIUK has been found!   So have about 120 new relatives in Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario.   Check back soon for the details and family tree outlines.   This is the one branch I thought would never be revealed.

Further information will soon be added, as many riddles have been solved. Some mysteries will likely never be revealed.

For instance, why Paranika kept secret the existance of her sister, who died along with a daughter in Poland in 1919 in the influenza epidemic. Three sons survived; their descendants are spread across five provinces.

Postcard photo of Paranika (left) and unidentified woman, c 1920-1925, probably taken in CanadaShe took to her grave the secret of her relationship with her widower brother-in-law. This, in spite of the large number of people who knew at least some small bit of information.

Below is this page as it was BEFORE the joyful and highly emotional rejoining of the family at a very special reunion in 2000.
I'm seeking any information regarding a man named DASIUK who may have lived in Tarnopol in early 1923. He fathered a son by Paranika SIKORA, who may have used the surname SMAL or SMALE.

Paranika, or Pauline emigrated from the Ukraine (the part in dispute with Poland for many years) in 1923, at about 24 or 25 yrs old, having been sponsored by her brother-in-law who was already on a farm in Saskatchewan. Her first husband was apparently murdered by Bolshevik soldiers who forced him from the house in the middle of the night.

She travelled across Europe, through Paris, France, and took a ship from England. She entered Canada either through Halifax or Montreal, but most certainly took the train to Saskatchewan from at least Montreal.

Some time in the early part of the Depression, the family went to Ontario. DASIUK was not involved, and it's not known where or when Paranika met her second husband, Antony VETIV or WETOW. They ran a series of boarding houses in Northern Ontario, and Tony was a cook for lumber camps prior to WWII, and at a German P.O.W camp in Kapuskasing.

She had a brother, Michael who stayed in Europe. He was still alive in 1971 when she went to the Kiev area to visit family.

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