John Melok

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Tochan (John) Melok
Born 1891
Austria, Slovakia
Died 1914 (aged 22–23)
Hillcrest, Alberta
Cause of death Hillcrest Mine Disaster
Resting place Hillcrest Cemetery
Nationality Austrian / Slovakian
Occupation Miner

Early Life


13 Feb 1891 Vitanova, Slovakia
Maybe this is Vitanova, Tvrdosin District, Zilina Region, Slovakia OR Vitanova, Arva Megye



Occupation in 1914


Hillcrest Mine Disaster June 19, 1914 - Killed


John is buried in the Mass Grave.
Headstone reads: Tochan Malak / Rodzeni 13 Februara / Roko 1891 / Vitanova / Oravszka Sztolicza / 19 Juna Rodu 1914

After the Hillcrest Mine Disaster


Schedule B

Alternate Names or Alternate Spelling of Names

Tochan Malak, Malok, Malik, Milak, Malec, Maleck

Interesting Facts

A Ukrainian newspaper named ‘’The Novyny’’, published in Edmonton, Alberta on the 27th of June, 1914, gave a list of the Rusyn Miners killed in the Hillcrest Mine Disaster. Rusyns were a Slavic group encompassing most of the Western Ukraine. Rusyns were better known in the Crownest Pass as Ruthenians. The list was written in the Cyrillic script and transcribed. Translation of this name: Ivan Miliak.

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