Mike Janego

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Mike Janego
Born 1880
Austria - Slovakia
Died 1914 (aged 33–34)
Hillcrest, Alberta
Cause of death Hillcrest Mine Disaster
Resting place Hillcrest Cemetery
Nationality Austrian / Slovakian
Occupation Miner

Early Life


Born 1878 in Czechoslovakia
From Vitanova, Tvrdosin District, Zilina Region, Slovakia OR Vitasova, Arva Megye

Miner and Siblings (in birth order)

  • John Janego (see notes at bottom of page - if this is a brother then their father's name was also John.)
  • Thomas Janego (see notes at bottom of page)
  • Mike Janego


Mike Janito married Theresa Leah in Fernie, British Columbia about 1908. She was born in the same area of Czechoslovakia as Mike.


  • Anna Janego (b. 1908 Czechoslovakia)

Census Records

1911 Hillcrest, Alberta, age 32, born Austria, came to Canada in 1908, language Slovak (name spelled Michael Ganaga)

Occupation in 1914


Hillcrest Mine Disaster June 19, 1914 - Killed


Mike is buried in the Hillcrest cemetery, and not in the Mass Grave.

After the Hillcrest Mine Disaster

In 1915-1916, widow, Theresa, married John Miller from Burmis.


Schedule A

Alternate Names or Alternate Spelling of Names

Matas Janego, Janigo, Janiga, Michael Ganaga

Interesting Facts

Blairmore Enterprise: 'John Janigo and family left Hillcrest last week for Chicago where they will live.' This article appeared in the 19 June 1914 issue, the day of the Hillcrest Mine Disaster. A relative? John was born in Stijavnica, Czeko Slovakie.
Report on Public Works in the North-west Territories, 1913. Tom Janigo, aged 26, was killed in the West Canadian Collieries at Bellevue, cause, fall of coal. His father's name was Thomas Janigo Sr. A Relative?

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