Saturday, April 3, 2010


In fact, the main attraction appears to be the town of Ethelbert, Manitoba, which was pioneered by the hardy immigrants from Galicia, a contested region of middle Europe bordering on Ukraine, Poland, Czechoslovakia and renamed as it was conquered and reconquered, divided and redivided.

From Wikipedia: "The Ruthenian Catholic Church is a sui iuris (i.e., self-governing) Eastern Catholic Church (see particular Church), which uses the Divine Liturgy of the Constantinopolitan Byzantine Eastern Rite. Its roots are among the Rusyns who lived in the region called Carpathian Ruthenia, in and around the Carpathian Mountains. This is the area where the borders of present-day Hungary, Slovakia and Ukraine meet. The Ruthenian Catholic Church is in full communion with the Bishop of Rome who is spiritual leader of the 23 sui iuris particular churches which compose the Catholic Church."

"Ruthenian Catholics are descended from those to whom Saints Cyril and Methodius brought Christianity and the Byzantine Rite in their missionary outreach to the Slavic peoples in the ninth century."

The caption says "School at Ethelbert in the Galician Colony."

From Wikipedia: "Ethelbert is a village in the Rural Municipality of Ethelbert in the Canadian province of Manitoba. It is 370 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg and 60 kilometres north of Dauphin, Manitoba. The village is located right next to Duck Mountain Provincial Park on PTH 10. The village itself was officially incorporated in 1950."

The scale is deceiving but it appears after study that this is a tomb rather than a church or even a chapel. The caption says "Cemetery at Ethelbert."

This colorful church, labeled "Ruthenian Church," is not quite so massive as it appears at first. I'm not sure which of the trekkers is up on that balcony, but he reveals a bit of scale. The building technique is sort of halfway between log-cabin and modern stick construction.

The back of this photo says "one of our apples, 1926" and also "R.Heyer, Neville, Saskatchewan."
I think this was back at the Strachan farm. The first writing seems to be my Aunt May's, but I'm not sure who wrote the second. Sam Strachan was always interested in grafting fruit trees.

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