Mike Kipryanchuk

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Michael [Mike] Kipryanchuk
Mike Kiprijanchuk
Born 1882
Austria - Ukraine
Died 1914 (aged 31–32)
Hillcrest, Alberta
Cause of death Hillcrest Mine Disaster
Resting place Hillcrest Cemetery
Nationality Austrian / Galician
Occupation Miner
Religion Greek Catholic (1911 Census)

Early Life


1882 Galicia - language Ruthenian. (census return)
From Sokol, Galicia, Poland. (family source)
From Yaskrubych, Province Sokoly, Galicia


1916 Sophia Dorothy, age 31, widow, Polish from Hillcrest crossed the Canada/US border going to her father-in-law Theodore Kipryanchuk in Duluth, Minn.

Miner and Siblings

10 children

  • Mike Kipryanchuk
  • Alexander Kipryanchuk
  • Antony Kipryanchuk


Mike married Dortha - also from Galicia - after 1909


Sophia Helen, age 5 in 1915

Census Records

1911 Hillcrest, Alberta, age 30, came to Canada in 1905
With him is his wife Dortha age 24 who immigrated in 1909

Immigration to Canada

1905 (from 1911 census)
1909 (from family source)

Occupation in 1914


Hillcrest Mine Disaster June 19, 1914 - Killed


Mike is buried in the Hillcrest Cemetery but not in the Mass Grave. He has a heart shaped headstone - name spelled Kipryanczuk.

After the Hillcrest Mine Disaster

Widow, Dortha, married Mike's brother, Alex Kipryanchuk, and moved to the United States (from Coleman Bulletin).

Alex and Dorothy divorced and she married again, to Mr. Leeuwenburg. (from family source). Alex changed his surname to Kiper

Dorothy Leeuwenburg died 22 Apr 1972 at Saanich, BC, aged 85.

The remainder of the Kipryanchuk family (parents and siblings) also immigrated to Canada but returned to Poland.


Schedule A

Alternate Names or Alternate Spelling of Names

Kepryanczuk, Kipriachuk, Kippryanchuk, Kyprianchuk, Kiprianchuk, Kapronchuk

Interesting Facts

Coleman Bulletin, 18 Oct. 1918 By 1918 Dortha had not received compensation for the death of her husband.

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: Mykhailo Kyprianchuk or Mykhaylo Kiprianchuk.

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