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Adventurous Albertans

There are many tales of the hardships faced by groups of early settlers in Alberta, but some of the most interesting stories revolve around those individuals who overcame that adversity. These people contributed greatly to the growth of the province and, for various reasons, were inspirations not only to the people with whom they lived, but also to those of us who can look back and appreciate their individual contributions. In this section we would like to profile some of these Adventurous Albertans.

Guy Weadick, January 1906. Ivan Pylypow emigrated to Canada September 7th, 1891 from Austria. Born September 28, 1859 and died October 10th, 1936. Moira O’Neill, Irish poet, 1864-1955. 1934. Moira O’Neill was the pen name of Mrs. Walter Skrine, neé Higginson who lived on the Skrine ranch near High River, 1896-1902. Ladies\’ cricket club in Calgary, Alberta, 1922. Mrs. Annie Gale, captain, seated second row, fourth from left. Charles Ora Card of Cardston, Alberta, ca. 1890-1906. John and Mildred Ware, taken at the time of their marriage at Millarville, Alberta on February 29, 1892. Mrs. Nellie McClung, ca. 1910-1918, was born in 1873 and died in 1951. A photo taken of Stephan G. Stephansson just prior to his departure from Iceland, ca. 1872. Wasyl Eleniak, one of the first Ukrainian settlers to make Canada his home, was born on 22 December 1859 at Nebyliv, district Kalush in Western Ukraine. He was the son of Stefan Eleniak and Eudokia Stefura and the eldest of five children, Ivan, Peter, Michael and Anna. In 1883 he married a local Nebyliv girl named Anna, who was the daughter of George Roszko and Maria Trenchly.

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