Memorable Manitobans: Michael “Mike” Swistun (1901-1980)
Born near Olha on 14 November 1901, son of Wasyl “Bill” Swystun and Barbara Lucyk, he was billed as “The Strongest Man in the World” when he toured with the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus during the summer of 1923. On returning home to Manitoba, he farmed, raised a family, and was a church builder and musician. He died at Rossburn on 16 July 1980 and was buried in the Seech Parish Cemetery.
Birth registration [Michael Swystun], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 18 July 1980, page 51.
“Raising the strongest man in the world” by Fred McGuinness, Brandon Sun, 27 July 2006, page 2.
The Manitoba Prairie Churches Project & The Manitoba Prairie Icons Project, 2003-2008, Final Report by Ed Ledohowski, October 2008, page 39.
“Ukrainian history passed down,” The Western Producer, 7 August 2015.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 8 November 2020