Peter Somotink

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Peter Somotink
Petro Samstruk
Born 1875
Austria - Ruthenia
Died 1914 (aged 38–39)
Hillcrest, Alberta
Cause of death Hillcrest Mine Disaster
Resting place Hillcrest Cemetery
Nationality Austrian / Galician
Occupation Timber Packer

Early Life


1875 Karlow, Poland [From Family Source]
In 1875 Karlow was not in Poland but in Galicia []
From Karliv, Sniatyn District of Ukraine. Source - Yurko Froliak

Miner and Siblings

  • Mrs. Anna Iwasiuk of Hillcrest
  • Peter Semotiuk
  • Ivan Semotiuk (survivor of Hillcrest Mine Disaster)
  • Wasyl Semotiuk of Edmonton


Wife Anna (1913 ships list)


Metro Semotink
PAA document says wife and family in Karlilow

Immigration to Canada

1913 Ship Canada, age 28, born Russia, going to Hillcrest, Alberta - wife Anna, son Metro age 9.

Occupation in 1914

Timber Packer

Hillcrest Mine Disaster June 19, 1914 - Killed


Buried in the Mass Grave in Hillcrest.

After the Hillcrest Mine Disaster


Schedule B


Wm Samotrak, Zaloche, Galicia, P.O. Karlilow

Alternate Names or Alternate Spelling of Names

Petro, Samotink, Samaczuk, Semotyuk, Semotiuk, Symotiuk
Most likely is Semotyuk or Semotiuk

Interesting Facts

On the survivor's list was the name Mike Semonicik or Mike Sominak, or Mike Semobink. - Any relation? Probably a brother

May have been related to Mrs. Wasyl Sandulak - a relative of Daniel Sandulak, another victim of the Hillcrest Mine Disaster.

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: P. Semotiuk

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