Michael Zaska

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Michael Zaska
Mike Tonaszevki
Born 1893
Died 1914 (aged 20–21)
Hillcrest, Alberta
Cause of death Hillcrest Mine Disaster
Resting place Hillcrest Cemetery
Nationality Austrian / Bukovinian
Occupation Bucker

Early Life


Mamajevco, Czernovie, Bukovina Austria


He had a wife in Hillcrest

Occupation in 1914


Hillcrest Mine Disaster June 19, 1914 - Killed


Michael is not buried in Hillcrest, not known where. This would suggest he had family nearby.

After the Hillcrest Mine Disaster


Schedule E

Alternate Names or Alternate Spelling of Names

An alternate name for Zaska was Tonaszevki.

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: Mykhailo Zhakiy OR Mykhaylo Zhaky.

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