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Memorable Manitobans: Nicholas Apoluner Hryhorczuk (1888-1979)

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Implement and lumber dealer, MLA (1921-1922), MLA (1927-1932), MLA (1933-1936), MLA (1941-1945).

Born in Buchachky, Western Ukraine on 19 December 1888, he came to Canada with his family in 1897, settling north of Gilbert Plains. He moved to Ethelbert in 1911 and opened a business which he operated until his retirement in 1978. He was a Director of the Ruthenian Farmers Elevator Company, President of the Ethelbert Agricultural Society (1927 and 1928), and Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Ethelbert (1917 to 1919).

On 22 February 1905, he married Nelly Dzaman (?-1973), daughter of Dmytro Dzaman of Gilbert Plains. They had six children: Michael Nicholas Hryhorczuk, William Hryhorczuk, Myroslaw Hryhorczuk, Rozie Hryhorczuk, Nadia Hryhorczuk, and Elizabeth Hryhorczuk. He was elected an Independent MLA in 1920, acclaimed as a United Farmers candidate in 1922, and then was re-elected as a Liberal-Progressive in 1927, 1932, and 1941, but was defeated in 1936 and 1945. He was the first person of Ukrainian descent to become an MLA in Manitoba. Hryhorczuk was an active supporter of Ukrainian culture in Canada.

He died at Dauphin on 23 November 1979.


The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1929.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 November 1979, page 54.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 July 2018

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