Charles Elick

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Charles Elick
Charles Elik
Born 1866
Died 1914 (aged 47–48)
Hillcrest, Alberta
Cause of death Hillcrest Mine Disaster
Resting place Hillcrest Cemetery
Nationality Austrian / Hungarian
Occupation Miner
Religion Roman Catholic (1911 census)

Early Life


June 1866 (from 1911 census) Charles' daughter, Annie, married in 1912 in a typical Ruthenian wedding.(Newspaper account)
Another source: From Ugesca Megye, Hungary


Charles Elick married Julia Tuakulou.


  • Annie Elick (b. 1894 Austria)
  • Mary Elick (b, 1902 Austria)
  • William Elick (b. 1904 Alberta)
  • Julia Elick (b. 1905 Alberta)
  • Katherine Elick (b. 1908 Alberta) (ages from census returns)
  • John Elick (b. 20 Jun 1914, the day after the disaster.)

Census Records

1906 Frank, Alberta, age 36, emigrated in 1900 (surname spelled Alex)
1911 Hillcrest, Alberta, age 44, born Austria/Hungary, miner, racial origin: Russian

Immigration to Canada

Charles came from Austria to USA in late 1890s, Fernie in 1901, Frank in 1903, and then Hillcrest. (Family history)

Occupation in 1914


Hillcrest Mine Disaster June 19, 1914 - Killed


Charles was buried in the Hillcrest Cemetery but not in the Mass Grave.
Gravestone inscription: In memory of / Wasil Elick / Killed in Hillcrest Explosion / June 19, 1914 / aged 48 years / Erected by Joe and Julia Salva.

After the Hillcrest Mine Disaster

1916 Julia (Tuakulou) Elick, widow, was living in Hillcrest with children: Mary, William, Julia, Katie and John - son John was born the day after the Hillcrest Mine Disaster.
Widow Julia Elick married Joseph Salva


Schedule A

Alternate Names or Alternate Spelling of Names

Wasyl, Wasil, Chas, Elik

Interesting Facts

Charles was in the Frank mine at the time of the Frank Slide in 1903.

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