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Bewcyk, George, 1903-1978

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  • 1903-1978

George Bewcyk was born in the village of Dawidiwtsi in Western Ukraine on April 18, 1903. Raised on a small farm, Bewcyk was educated in Ukraine until the age of sixteen when he was drafted into the Russian army. After serving about one year, he deserted and managed to stow away on a ship that ultimately landed in Cuba. Upon being confronted by authorities, his fluency in German, led them to believe he was a German national employed on the ship and allowed him to find work in Cuba, making mortar at a brick construction site. After he made a few errors in the language that he believed were about to expose his background, Bewcyk fled the situation and purchased passage on a ship destined for Mexico. Bewcyk briefly worked in Mexico, but soon purchased a ticket that was bound for New York and then to Montreal. Upon his arrival in Montreal, he joined Ukrainian immigrants heading west to homestead, but he quickly took a job with CN Rail at Taradale, Ontario, becoming a section foremen. Bewcyk later came to Saskatchewan where he met Nellie Wosminity, and the pair married in 1931. The Bewcyks moved back to Taradale, where George worked for two more years for the CNR before moving to Playmore, Saskatchewan where they purchased the Playmore Store from Peter Zavislak. George and Nellie ran their store for thirty-nine (39) years, as well as the local post office for twenty (25) years. In 1972, they closed the store and moved to Rhein, Saskatchewan.

George Bewcyk passed away on January 1, 1978.

Bewcyk, Nellie, 1908-1978

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  • 1908-1978

Nellie Wosminity was born in 1908. She met George Bewcyk in Saskatchewan, and the pair married in 1931. After two years living in Taradale, Ontario where George worked for two years for the Canadian National Railwa, they moved to Playmore, Saskatchewan. In Playmore, they purchased the Playmore Store from Peter Zavisla and operated the local post office. George and Nellie ran their store for thirty-nine (39) years, and the local post office for twenty (25) years (from 1938 to 1963). In 1972, they closed the store and moved to Rhein, Saskatchewan.

Nellie Bewcyk died in 1978.

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